Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci has refused to get drawn into discussions about the future of the marque’s president, Luca di Montezemolo, amid speculation that he could be set to resign.
There had been suggestions that Montezemolo may step down later this year as a result of Ferrari’s Formula 1 fortunes failing to improve despite significant investment and efforts from the team.
Some reports had linked Fiat managers Sergio Marchionne and John Elkann with the role, giving Montezemolo the freedom to take up a senior position at Italian airline Alitalia.
However, when asked about the stories in yesterday’s FIA press conference, Mattiacci was very dismissive.
“I’m not going to comment on rumors,” he said. “I have so much things to do. I spoke to Mr. Montezemolo half an hour ago. Plenty of work on my table.
“To even comment on rumours is going to be extremely difficult for me also. No comment.”
Montezemolo appeared in the paddock at Monza on Saturday, and was swarmed by a media scrum. However, he did not comment on any speculation about his future, simply saying: “I hope we have a good weekend.”
Mattiacci was drafted in as team principal following the resignation of Stefano Domenicali in April, and has set out a long-term plan to turn around Ferrari’s fortunes in Formula 1. This weekend’s race in Italy is a particularly important one, being the team’s home event, and he said that he was very impressed by the support on show at Monza.
“I’m impressed about the passion around Ferrari,” he said. “To see all these children outside, people cheering at us, it gives us positive pressure and responsibility and motivation to keep working very hard.”
Adam Cianciarulo (450) and Dylan Ferrandis (250) swept both motos of their divisions Saturday in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship event at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota, significantly impacting the points standings.
“Man, what a dream come true,” Cianciarulo said. “I really wanted to go 1-1 last round at RedBud and had that silly mistake. Today, we got the job done and made it happen. Two consecutive victories in the 450 Class just feels really good. I just want to keep the ball rolling.”
With three rounds remaining, Cianciarulo is ranked second in the standings at a 15-point deficit to Zach Osborne, who won three of the first five rounds.
In the 250 standings, Dylan Ferrandis jumped ahead of Jeremy Martin (who won three consecutive events earlier in the season) by three points (257-254).
Ferrandis beat third-ranked RJ Hampshire in the first moto and nipping Martin by 0.4 seconds in the second.
“That was a difficult race in the second moto and the pressure was on,” Ferrandis said. “It was really good for me to have that battle and come out on top in the second moto. The championship is really close and I think that we were able to put on a good show for everyone today. Jeremy [Martin] and I have a good relationship I think and we congratulated each other and talked about the battle after the race.”
NEXT: The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will hold its seventh round Sept. 26 with the Geico Motorcycle WW Ranch National at Jacksonville, Florida.
Thor Spring Creek National (Spring Creek MX Park, Millville, Minnesota)
450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (1-1)
Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (2-2)
Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (5-4)
Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (8-3)
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (6-5)
Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (3-10)
Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda (7-6)
Joey Savatgy, , Suzuki (9-7)
Max Anstie, United Kingdom, Suzuki (10-8)
Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (4-16)
450 Class Championship Standings
Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 235
Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 220
Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 215
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 196
Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 194
Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 190
Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 173
Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda – 141
Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha – 134
Joey Savatgy, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki – 122
250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (1-1)
Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (5-2)
Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki (4-4)
Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (3-6)
Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (9-3)