The San Carlo Honda Gresini MotoGP team has issued a statement in response to speculation that Marco Simoncelli could make a wild-card appearance in this year's World Superbike Championship.
'Super Sic' took a WSBK podium on his wild-card debut for Aprilia in the 2009 Imola round and rumours of a return to the production-bike championship emerged after the Italian's visit to last weekend's Monza event (pictured).
During the visit Simoncelli was unsurprisingly spotted in the pits of some Honda WSBK teams, and sat on a Ten Kate bike, which appears to have been enough to trigger the race rumours.
Simoncelli's MotoGP team has now dismissed the speculation but did acknowledge that a CBR1000RR is being prepared as a practice bike for the #58.
“Marco Simoncelli, an HRC rider competing in the MotoGP World Championship in Team San Carlo Honda Gresini colours, will not take part in any World Superbike races during the 2011 season,” read the statement.
“Team San Carlo Honda Gresini are preparing a Honda CBR 1000-RR for Marco Simoncelli in order for him to carry out, if he so wishes, test runs at circuits yet to be decided (in accordance with FIM regulations).
“This statement is being made in order to contradict reports from certain news organisations following the presence of Marco Simoncelli at the Italian round of the World Superbike Championship, which took place at Monza on Sunday 8th May.”
Simoncelli, whose excellent chances of a debut MotoGP podium have been ruined by accidents at the last two races, will be back in grand prix action at Le Mans this weekend.
The 2011 WSBK season ends in October, while MotoGP concludes in early November.