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250: Simoncelli keeps second.

Whilst deciding that reigning 250cc world champion Marco Simoncelli 'rode in an irresponsible manner, causing danger to Alvaro Bautista' in Sunday's Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, the Gilera rider has been allowed to keep his second place finish.

Despite blasting to a strong early lead in the wet conditions, Simoncelli was caught and passed by world championship leader Bautista on lap 9 of the 21 lap race.

Two laps later Simoncelli attempted an optimistic re-pass which resulted in contact with the side of the Aspar Aprilia rider, pushing them both off the track. Race Direction immediately announced that it would investigate the incident.

The pair rejoined the race in second (Simoncelli) and third (Bautista), where they ultimately finished after Mattia Pasini sensationally thwarted Simoncelli's last lap attack.

The full verdict by Race Direction can be seen below:

“On Sunday 31st May, during the 250cc race, rider Marco Simoncelli (ITA) rode in an irresponsible manner, causing danger to rider Alvaro Bautista (SPA), which is an infringement to the Art. 1.21.2 of the 2009 FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Regulations. The Race Direction has decided to penalize rider Marco Simoncelli with a warning as to his future conduct, which means any further incident of the same nature this year may result in a suspension and to impose him a fine of USD 5,000

“No appeal has been lodged.”

Simoncelli is now up to third in the world championship standings, 22 points behind Bautista.

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still - Unregistered

May 31, 2009 6:06 PM

The problem is that he keeps piling up those race "incidents" and doesn't learn anything from it except that he can ride irresponsibly, kick his competition out and won't get punished for it. Even when they can't or won't penalize him for the individual incidents, the sum of all these is just way too much, showing that he's far from being the oh-so-clean-rider he himself claims to be. Saying sorry afterwards does not undo the fact that he frequently robs other riders of the possibility to fight for a good position while having the better end for himself. Also, at that speed his behaviour is just plain dangerous. It troubles me that he does not seem to understand that one bit.

Al - Unregistered

May 31, 2009 5:46 PM

"From other rider it would be just a "racing incident" but not from him." What a load of bollox, it's either a racing incident or it isn't, you can't change your view just because it's a particular rider.

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