2011 MotoGP Catalunya Press Release Previews: Simoncelli Expresses His Regret At Pedrosa Crash

The period between the Le Mans and Catalunya Grand Prix appears to have had a salutary affect on Marco Simoncelli. In the San Carlo Gresini Honda press release preview of the MotoGP round at Barcelona, Simoncelli has expressed his regret at the crash at Le Mans, in which he and Dani Pedrosa collided and Pedrosa broke his collarbone, and for which he was given a ride-through penalty. Read the official press release below:


Team San Carlo Honda Gresini rider Marco Simoncelli travels to Barcelona this week looking firmly ahead as he aims to put the unfortunate episode at Le Mans behind him. It is an episode that as the team underlined at the time was unwanted and it has played on the mind of Marco Simoncelli. His disappointment was made even more bitter by the news that Dani Pedrosa was forced to undergo surgery as a result. Simoncelli is now hoping that Pedrosa is able to compete in his home Grand Prix and from his own point of view simply looking towards the future. The events of Le Mans are a learning experience that will help him to grow further. Barcelona is a circuit he loves, having won there in the past in 250cc, and he will try to continue his excellent current form there. A top result is his main current objective, as well as his desire to show the true Simoncelli out on track. After four rounds Hiroshi Aoyama can reflect on a positive start to the season, having found a good feeling with his bike and team as well as improved confidence on the MotoGP machine. Aoyama finished second in Barcelona in the 250cc race in 2009 and his primary goal this weekend is to secure a better grid position, which has been his main weak point so far.

Marco Simoncelli "I have had time over the two-week break to think about the race at Le Mans. I am still disappointed with what happened to Dani and I hope that he has recovered from his injury in time for this weekend. I am also disappointed because Honda were unable to celebrate having four bikes in the top four positions at the French Grand Prix. Overall on reflection I have realised where I have gone wrong and in the future I will try at certain times to evaluate the situation better and be a little more cautious. I know that I'm probably not going to get a standing ovation at Barcelona but I hope that if I am criticised it is done in a civilised manner and not in the way that has happened in other sports in the past. In any case I just want to put the controversy behind me and get out there on my bike and start working towards a race that I am sure the team and I have the potential to do well in."

Hiroshi Aoyama "I am still pretty satisfied with the way my season has started. I have been solid and consistent and we have picked up important points. Now in Barcelona I want to kickstart the next phase of my MotoGP development. I am determined to be more decisive during practice and make sure of a good grid position so that I don't have to make up ground in the races, as I have done so far. I know that with the help of my team and the feeling I have already established with my bike I can do it. Barcelona is a circuit I like so hopefully we can meet our objectives."

Fausto Gresini "It won't be an easy weekend in Barcelona after the French Grand Prix but Marco has to maintain a calm approach because he knows he can be strong and do well at this track. He must stay relaxed, together with the team and the people around him, who can really help him through a difficult time. Marco is strong, determined and confident of having a top race so he just has to stick with his team and look calmly towards the future. Hiroshi has shown consistency over the first part of the season and brought home some important points. He is improving and his adaptation to MotoGP is positive. With the help of the team at a circuit he likes in Barcelona I think he can take another step forward and be even more incisive."


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I lean away from Simoncelli in my opinion of what happened at LeMans. I have actually come to see it as more complicated than him just being flat wrong though.

No way the guy deserves crap like death threats. Makes me feel sort of terrible for him. MotoGP has pretty good sportsmanship usually, which is something I like about it. It sucks to see things devolve so much.

rather than the spaniards focus on working on resolving more important problems in their country, they are now focused on how to not only to humiliate a rider, now also want to kill him. c'mon guys, pedrosa also is responsible, not all the fault about the accident have sic.

if they get out of their stands and attack sic, they will lose much of the prestige they have it now.

"the spaniards" ... Do you know respectively understand what generalization is (probably there are "a hand full" stupid so called "fans" and that´s it)? And please do me a favour: take some English lessons.

¿you will pay to me the lessons?, ¿you will send some bucks for it?, i'll learn it by myself thanks.

now second, in some point is understandable than the Spaniards are angry or to be more accurate the Pedrosa fanatics about sic, but there's a fragile line between crap talking about death threats and a person who is completely consumed by rage and will try do something more than a simply quote "i'll hate sic, prepare to die"

¿or am wrong too?

This is starting to reek of the PR stuff that comes out of F1. And I don't like it. The threats threw me for something of a loop, but besides that this just seems like the lead riders not wanting any real competition. For Lorenzo to threaten to quit over "questionable riding" is just ridiculous. I wonder if he would be so upset if he was doing better this year? And why is he complaining so much after his move on Dovi?

I read that there is a rule and engine mod on F1 cars this year that they have some sort of extra boost available, but they can only use it on certain tracks-at certain places on the track-and only if the person in front has a one second lead. Not sure about the 1 second part, maybe less than one second? Anyways, the pint is that that isn't racing, in fact, that's the opposite of racing. I really, really hope that that type of ruling doesn't come to motorcycle racing.

Actually the KERS, which is charged electrical energy retained from the kinetic energy being conserved while braking is available to all drivers, every lap with a total usage of 6.7 seconds.

The DRS, drag reduction system, is the moveable rear wing that reduces downforce and increases straight line speed is the system you are referring to where a driver must be within 1 second of a car in front of them when entering a certain straight away in order for to adjust the rear wing.

I'm sorry but from the sound of it, you haven't watched an F1 race this year. The races are incredible. Both of these systems, while further advancing F1 technology, made F1 exciting to watch again rather than watch the Q3 and having all the reporters already starting on their race result columns.

I'm a little bit hesitant on the DRS, since it's kinda not fair to the guy who is in front, but hey, they wanted to promote passing, and it's working.

I do believe you're comparing the F1 of old, and the current MotoGP atmosphere.

I'm not trying to say MotoGP needs to be just like F1, but I think it's common sense to learn from someone else's mistakes before you create your own and look and see how they tried to come up with a solution and then evaluate whether or not its working.

Not to beat a dead horse, but how cool would the racing be in MotoGP if the riders did have some sort of available 20-30 hp boost available in only a certain increment each lap....Imagine Pedrosa not being first in the first corner because Spies boosted off the line...Imagine if Rossi had some conserved boost to hold off Dovi on the last straight....This "system" creates more viable passing opportunities which in turn creates more exciting racing which is what we all keep praying for.

I see what you are saying. And you are correct about the F1, I got it wrong on the DRS/KERS thing. But it seems, like, and maybe it's a romantic memory, but putting all of these technical advancements/limitations and/or rules to go along with them onto racing is just covering up some basic mistakes from the governing bodies that has kept the racers from doing what they want to do, and we want to se them do. Which is just to race. I understand that the 800's are soo powerful in that small of a capacity that to get that power makes them basically unrideable without the electronics. And, probably going forward it will be that way next year and moving forward. But, all of these technical advancements are only there because of some basic rulings that are, by most accounts, a mistake. Namely going to the 800cc format and the fuel limits.

I guess what I am saying is why keep piling on rules to try and make racing more exciting when they could lift the one fuel limit rule and make everything way easier and more than likely the racing would become more exciting almost immediately. IT seems to be some sort of tech black hole that the rule makers can't back out of. F1 might be good this year, but it's been something of a snooze fest for awhile, if I'm not mistaken.

Just a thought, but, maybe Simo wouldn't try so hard off the bat if he knew the fuel limits wouldn't cause his bike to lose power in the later stages of the race just to make it to the finish line?

I like what I hear from this young man. I can see him getting stronger as the season progresses. He appears to be one that adapts and improves in methodical steps.

couldn't agree more. But it always bothers me that the Gresini team hardly even mentions him in any of the press releases. It's always Marco this and Marco that when Aoyama has been consistantly outperforming him on a less competitive bike.

Aoyama is a very talented rider who I believe will do very well in the second half of this season as well as in the future.

I watched an interview with him last year and was very impressed by his demeanor and work ethics as well as his personality. Unfortunately for him, this doesn't provide the "flash" and drama that people love talking about.

death threats are completely stupid, and they usually are made over the dumbest things.