MotoGP » ‘Positive’ Simoncelli plays it safe for sixth

Despite dropping from pole position at the start to sixth at the chequered flag, Marco Simoncelli is nonetheless pleased with overall performance in Spain.

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Stavros - Unregistered

June 06, 2011 11:55 AM

Race direction had nothing to do with. He closed to withing .3 of a second of Rossi and then inexplicably backed off. Clearly he didn't want to risk bumping into or taking points off his good buddy Valentino. If it had been Stoner or Lorenzo .3 in front of him he'd have have been all over them like a rash. Honda should sit him down and ask him why he fealt he couldn't pass Rossi having clsed the gap to him steadily and being on a faster bike with less worn tyres.

Stuart - Unregistered

June 06, 2011 12:15 PM

Not sure I agree with Stavros. I think he backed off because he didnt want to crash again when the rain started.

Either that or all the top riders were told to make the race as dull as possible. If so, they all did very well.

Stavros - Unregistered

June 06, 2011 12:27 PM

Stuart the rain had well and truly stopped by lap 18, at which point Simo was 0.3 from Rossi.. Simoncelli's pass on Hayden earlier in the race showed he hadn't been cowed by race direction at all.

Stavros - Unregistered

June 06, 2011 12:35 PM

Same bike and tyres won the race comfortably. And Simo's hard tyres would have been working better than Rossi's medium compound by lap 18. Simo needs to remember who pays him, not who his mates are.

Grover - Unregistered

June 06, 2011 2:17 PM

I also think Simoncelli would have tried harder for a pass if it was Dovi, Lorenzo, Spies or anyone else right in front of him but not Stoner. HRC would kill him!

Crazy! - Unregistered

June 06, 2011 3:03 PM

"I also think Simoncelli would have tried harder for a pass if it was Dovi, Lorenzo, Spies or anyone else right in front of him"

Errrrr, that's who was "right in front of him", plus his buddy Rossi.

Are you claiming that because Stoner was in the lead he couldn't improve on sixth!!!!!

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