MotoGP » Thoughts with Simoncelli as Valencia opens

"The feeling in Italy was unbelievable and great for Marco because a lot of people remembered him and demonstrated they liked him a lot on and off the track" - Valentino Rossi.

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November 03, 2011 8:28 PM

Very nice of the guys to pay their respect to Marco!!

If Bautista had an offer from Suzuki he would have let us know since that would be his first choice. So it must be another team. Gresini or Pramac? Very sad if Suzuki pulls out. I still dream of a two bike Suzuki line-up featuring Bautista and Hopper.


November 03, 2011 8:37 PM

I think that Bautista's offer is from LCR, to run on a factory supported RC213V. He's definitely first in line for that ride if Suzuki pull the plug. I doubt Gresini would make an offer to another rider so soon after Marco's death. (And sponsors San Carlo prefer an Italian rider anyway.)

Oli - Unregistered

November 03, 2011 9:20 PM

I was expecting Bautista to go to Gresini, but unless the offer was before Sepang as replacement for Aoyama, I can't see that being the announcement now.

And unless Suzuki have a 1000cc GSVR in the back of a van at Valencia ready for Tuesday, I can't see it being them either.

Must be LCR then. Alvaro is WAY above a Pramac ride.

RIP #58

l.comCanadian fan - Unregistered

November 03, 2011 9:51 PM

Usually I dread coming to the end of a GP season but I'm kind of glad the riders only have 1 more race, they have had a lot to deal with, it will get better with time but they are pretty deflated right now and rightfully so.


November 04, 2011 12:39 AM

@ Oli

Current favourite to replace Marco at Gresini is reportedly Andrea Iannone (marketable Italian rider for sponsors San Carlo). The Pramac ride seems likely to go to Hector Barbera.

@ mtb

Yes, I think Ezpeleta's plan is to have a field of entirely CRT bikes in 2013, all running the same control ECU and rev limiter. But I think the factory teams will still be allowed to enter their bikes under CRT rules, so we might still have 'factory' bikes, albeit without the same advantage.

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