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Simoncelli okay after accident

Marco Simoncelli has returned to the Sepang International Circuit after being released from hospital.

The former 250cc world champion and MotoGP rookie underwent precautionary scans after a huge highside on his third lap of Friday testing.

“I have a mark on my head because I broke my helmet in the fall, but I'm okay,” a visibly drowsy, but smiling, Simoncelli told on his arrival back in the Sepang paddock at 3pm, four hours after the accident.

“I also hurt my arm a little... About my memory, I can remember everything before the accident, but nothing about the accident itself.”

Simoncelli lost the rear of his San Carlo Honda Gresini at the apex of turn seven, a medium-speed right-hander. The Italian was launched high into the air before landing hard on his head and rolling through the gravel.

Marco's RCV was sent into a series of fast cartwheels, but fortunately avoided the rider.

Simoncelli had been slowest of all after day one of testing. He will next be out on track during the third and final 2010 pre-season test, at Qatar on March 18-19.

Team-mate Marco Melandri also fell this morning, at a far slower speed.

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February 26, 2010 8:29 AM

Wow...a 250 WC in last place and it's like you cant't say $hit about him. Had this been Ben Spies or JT comes to mind there would have been a 100 and counting post already. Last year when he had a go in WSBK there was a lot of BS about 250 riders more suited for Motogp than WSBK. Well we are here so its put up or shut up and the time is now. where are all you now. Oh let me copy an old post below to refresh your memory.


February 26, 2010 8:42 AM
Last Edited 2015 days ago

The hype around Spies is getting a little bit much. His WSBK year was phenomenal, dont get me wrong, and his wild card ride at Valencia was impressive. Though he was basically on a factory Yamaha, with no engine restrictions, hence no detuning measures that even Rossi and Lorenzo may have been bound by. There's this idea in some quarters that he's instantly going to wipe the floor with the 250 graduates and make the fantastic four into a fearsome five. Believe me, it wont happen. Guaranteed. He's extremely good, but if he's in such a different league to the others, he'd have been in MotoGP a long time ago. Posted by rxracer

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