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Rossi tips Simoncelli for MotoGP.

Valentino Rossi expects to see friend and reigning 250GP world champion Marco Simoncelli graduate to MotoGP - but not with Yamaha.

“I am good friends with Simoncelli; he is a great guy. We train together and last year he surprised me because I knew that he great potential, but I didn't think he would become world champion,” Rossi admitted. “I am happy for him; he deserved it. He is staying in 250 and I think that he is the favourite for 2009.”

As Rossi indicated, Simoncelli will stay with Gilera to defend his quarter-litre crown against the likes of Alvaro Bautista in 2009, but the Italian has already held discussions with several MotoGP manufacturers - most notably Ducati - and Rossi admits he is unlikely to make his premier-class debut with Yamaha.

“I think that Simoncelli will come to MotoGP, because he is a fast rider and he is very young. In Yamaha, however, we already have Lorenzo and I, so I think that he will be a good prospect for other factories,” Rossi stated.

By doubting that Simoncelli will sign for Yamaha, Rossi suggests that Marco will push for a factory MotoGP seat in 2010, rather than a satellite ride, or that he already has some kind of agreement with a rival manufacturer in place.

If Simoncelli was willing to settle for a satellite Yamaha seat, then he would have a strong chance of riding for Tech 3, since both James Toseland and Colin Edwards have no contract beyond the end of this season.


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Buji - Unregistered

February 03, 2009 9:33 AM

IMHO, if Pedrosa doesn't get his MotoGP world title by the end of 2009 why Honda not give the position to this guy.. He is a total freak, fearless far more entertaining than Pedrosa..! And I think if Rossi hang out a lot with him the legend will share his knowledge.. :-o :blush: And if there isn't any ride for factory team in 2010 why don't try Tech3 Simoncelli? The bike is good, and with all respect to Edwards he should retire.. Give the youngster's a shot.. :) Okay my english terrible, isn't..? LOL

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