Simoncelli: victim of the press?

Now I know that riders in MotoGP get paid vast amounts of money for a job that is pretty dangerous. But you cannot wrap these guys up in cotton wool, it is racing after all and people do fall off. Yesterday at Le Mans proved that when Marco Simoncelli was persistent enough to try to re-overtake Dani Pedrosa. Unfortunately, there was not enough room for Pedrosa to get the place back – 2 into 1 just does not go and Simoncelli left enough room and ran off the track himself.

What ensued was a ride throigh penalty for Simoncelli and a 6th place finish when we was destined for the top step of the podium. Pedrosa could not rejoin the race and retired.

Recentlu in the press Siomnocelli has been up front about his style of riding, showing that he is willing to fight for his place in the championship and his future in any team. And so he should. This is racing and not a PR exercise. I also feel that his comments on his ‘racing style’ are what ‘helped’ the race organisers to their decision on his ride through penalty.

Simoncelli says he is sorry that Pedrosa is hurt

Gresini Honda’s Marco Simoncelli believes his ride-through penalty in today’s Le Mans MotoGP race is as much to do with talk of his dangerous riding as it was to do with the incident with Dani Pedrosa which resulted in the Spaniard’s broken right collarbone.

Simoncelli’s ‘aggression’ was the subject of a rider delegation going to the safety commission on Thursday on top of Jorge Lorenzo’s comments before the Estoril race where the world champion basically accused Simoncelli of being a menace.

The big-haired star says he is unhappy that Pedrosa has been hurt but insists he gave the Repsol Honda man ‘a metre’ in which to put his RC212V – it didn’t happen and Pedrosa ended up with a bust right collarbone and may miss the Barcelona round.

“I am unhappy because a result that was within my reach was denied and, above all, because of the fact that Pedrosa is hurt. In my opinion the incident went like this: Pedrosa was having a bit of difficulty – I had pulled alongside him and passed him,” said Simoncelli.

“When he passed me back I was not intentionally trying to resist, and my telemetry shows that I got on the brakes at the same point as on previous laps. I think that he had hit the brakes well before the corner, and I found myself on the outside of him and in front on the entry to the corner.

“I didn’t want to back off, so I left him with a metre between myself and the kerb in order to go in. I saw that it was tight, so I tried to adjust my position. That was when he touched my back wheel and went down. I repeat that any controversy regarding penalisation, but I believe that my ride-through was a result of all the talk over the past few days. Now I have to focus on Barcelona.”



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