Rossi to hold talks 'in the next week'
Valentino Rossi has revealed he will sit down with Ducati to talk about his future "in the next week."
The nine-time World Champion joined Ducati at the start of the 2011 campaign but managed just one podium, finishing the season down in seventh place.
The team's woes have continued this year with Rossi and his teammate Nicky Hayden again failing to fight for top positions.
To date the Italian has just one podium result, having finished second in France.
But despite Ducati's fall from grace, Rossi's options for next season are limited if he wants to remain with a factory team.
Repsol Honda have confirmed their line-up with Marc Marquez joining Dani Pedrosa, leaving Rossi with a choice between re-signing with Ducati or returning to Yamaha and former teammate Jorge Lorenzo.
For now the 33-year-old isn't giving anything away even though he met with Ducati's new owner's Audi at the previous race in Germany.
"Unfortunately now our situation is difficult because we have to recover the gap and fix some problem on the bike," he said.
"When I spoke with Audi I was happy, because they have a lot of enthusiasm to improve the bike and to put effort to improve our performance.
"It is good and we will speak about the future in the next week."
He added: "No discussions have been made yet. When we spoke it was just ten minutes, just to understand the feeling."