MotoGP »

Simoncelli delighted with Valencia test

"We have four factory supported riders next year" - HRC Vice President Shuhei Nakamoto.
Despite the arrival of Casey Stoner, and an enlarged three-man factory Honda team for MotoGP in 2011, HRC has shown it hasn't forgotten about Marco Simoncelli.

Simoncelli spent his rookie season on a factory bike in the satellite Gresini outfit, a team he will remain with in 2011, but with an upgraded status within Honda.

HRC said that this week's Valencia test marked Simoncelli's debut as 'a full factory supported rider'.

"We have four factory supported riders next year," said HRC Vice President Shuhei Nakamoto, the others being Repsol riders Stoner, Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso. "We have a plan [for testing] - one rider tests this, another other parts.”

As well as development input for the 2011 RC212V, Simoncelli also has more human support.

"Honda have provided us with another telemetry engineer so that Elvio Deganello can concentrate more on the set-up of the electronics," said Simoncelli. "I am really happy with this and I appreciate the support of Honda, which gives me even more motivation for next year.”

Simoncelli promptly rewarded Honda for its effort by being fifth and then fourth over the two days at Valencia, finishing the final track action of 2010 just 0.384sec behind fastest rider Stoner.

As part of his new development Simoncelli was given a new chassis and front fork option for day one, then concentrated on a new shock during day two.

“I was pleased with the updates brought to us by Honda and everything worked very well," said Simoncelli. "The new chassis gives us better traction compared to what we have been using this season, which made life difficult for us in a lot of places, and I could feel a good improvement.

"The new forks also worked better and my feeling was immediately as good if not better than the ones we've been using so overall it is good for the future and we can continue improving.

“[Day two] was a great day. We worked a lot on a new shock and choosing the suspension for next year. We also managed to experiment with my position on the bike and did some tyre tests at the end of the day. It has been a very positive test overall, we have been fast and consistent and I am delighted with it."

Simoncelli shrugged off some small falls.





Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Simoncelli, Valencia MotoGP Test November 2010
Aoyama, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Aoyama, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Aoyama, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Aoyama, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Aoyama, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Zarco, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Hookem

November 12, 2010 12:44 AM

I love the head line: "Simoncelli responds to "full factory support" Like Honda adding another engineer to his already factory team does not constitute a factory HRC Honda. Intended or not is seems to say that he now has a HRC Honda.



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.