MotoGP » Simoncelli brims with confidence as Melandri lacks it


Laguna Seca represents a new challenge for the in-form Marco Simoncelli, while Marco Melandri bids to continue his recovery from injury.

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Forget HRC - Unregistered

July 21, 2010 4:30 PM

Can't wait to compare the rookies learning a new track with Spies and how he learns the new tracks.

I think Simoncelli is in for a big surprise if he thinks he can learn Laguna quickly.

Southerner

July 21, 2010 4:36 PM

Was that a sideswipe at Ben's tallent for learning tracks quickly from Marco Jnr ?
Can't wait for this encounter.No doubt there is a bit of needle creeping in for that rookie award.
Hope Marco Snr is in a lot better physical shape for this one.

wow

July 21, 2010 4:47 PM

Spies said after the race in Silverstone that he is impressed with Simoncelli, but don't forgat that Simoncelli unlike of Melandri ride works HRC bike.

Neil Spalding MotoGP expert on British Eurosport 2 about Honda of Marco Simoncelli:

“And don't forget as wall that is a third HRC bike. I mean is riding in Gresini colors, but that is a full on works Honda.

Toby Moody: No million miles away from two Repsol Honda's?

“It's third in the group, so he is running still with a carbon reinforced frame and no longer has this computer throttle, but it's a works bike.”

aeolus

July 21, 2010 5:10 PM

Was that a sideswipe at Ben's tallent for learning tracks quickly from Marco Jnr

Someone might remind him that he finished 7th at Silverstone while Ben finished 3rd. and Simoncelli is on a factory Honda. Hey, I thought rookies weren't supposed to rider factory bikes.

Westminister - Unregistered

July 21, 2010 5:15 PM

Melendri needs to quit b:tch:ng and ride, he is getting his helmet handed to him by a rookie...

He was better off developing the Hayate Kawasaki than being just another pilot for Honda. He was forfunate enough to have one of the few podiums Kawasaki has ever seen, on a non factory machine no doubt. What a wasted opportunity, only to foolishly grasp at a chance at former glory with Gresini...

H8R - Unregistered

July 21, 2010 5:25 PM

I went to Cal-Tech and worked for General Atomic on more things you wouldn't understand. Whats even funnier is that I now work in the Motorcycle roadracing industry.

trev46 - Unregistered

July 21, 2010 5:45 PM

Simoncelli has a factory bike just like Ben Spies - well the stickers are different ... and maybe a few of the parts are not the same ... and the straight line speed is a lot slower .... but it's a factory bike - honest!

robsurrey - Unregistered

July 21, 2010 5:54 PM

I don't understand how Marco saying it doesn't take him long to learn tracks can be interpreted as a side swipe at Ben, maybe he was referring to his WSBK outing at Imola, I don't know if he'd raced there before, or maybe just his early GP career.
Rookies can ride factory bikes just not for factory teams. Shame about Melandri's fitness but I hope both Marcos have a good weekend.

aeolus

July 21, 2010 6:01 PM
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Simoncelli has a factory bike just like Ben Spies - well the stickers are different ... and maybe a few of the parts are not the same ... and the straight line speed is a lot slower .... but it's a factory bike - honest!

Just taking the speed, at Catalan MS ran 322kph and Dovi 324. Yeah a lot slower. Spies ran 319.

Edit OK at
silverstone MS bike was a lot slower and about the same speed as spies. But now it is being reported that MS/s bike is an HRC bike

trev46 - Unregistered

July 21, 2010 6:17 PM

Just taking the speed, at Catalan MS ran 322kph and Dovi 324. Yeah a lot slower. Spies ran 319.

Dunno where you're cherry picking your numbers from but the official event top speeds have
Dani - 331
Jorge - 326
Dovi - 326
Ben - 325
Marco - 323

Hardly convincing evidence that Spies is on old iron while Marco is on the the latest greatest. But I'm sure you'll find a way to rationalise Ben's speed being purely down to skill and Marco's purely down to equipment. :?


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