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Simoncelli crashes out at Laguna Seca

"All we can do right now is dust ourselves down and head to Brno looking to do our best again" - Marco Simoncelli.
Marco Simoncelli came into the US MotoGP weekend with three successive race finishers under his belt - his longest points run in a crash-packed season - but hit the deck for the fifth time in ten starts on race day.

Unlike at Assen, where he was able to rejoin, the San Carlo Honda Gresini rider was left to make the long walk back to the pits after his seventh lap accident, which occurred while holding fifth place.

“I am really disappointed. I don't know whether I would have caught Pedrosa [third] if I'd stayed in the race, it's impossible to say, but I could have definitely had a battle with Dovizioso and Spies [for fourth] so it's a real shame," said Simoncelli.

"We had worked so well and managed to improve from session to session but I realised early in the race that the front was giving me more trouble than it had in practice. It closed in turn seven on the first lap, which is a strange place for it to go, and then again two laps later in turn eight.

"All we can do right now is dust ourselves down and head to Brno looking to do our best again.”

Simoncelli was one of three riders to crash out, the others being Cal Crutchlow (Tech 3) and Alvaro Bautista (Suzuki).

Team manager Fausto Gresini said Simoncelli's disappointment was clear.

"I can see how gutted he is because he wanted to continue the positive trend of results from the past couple of races but this has been a tougher weekend and he has still been close to the pace of the top guys," said Gresini.

"We knew it would be difficult for him to stay with them today because they had two or three tenths more in terms of race pace but fourth or fifth place was within Marco's grasp. It's a shame but this is racing, so what we do now is put this race behind us and look forward to the next one in good faith."

Team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama finished tenth on his satellite spec RC212V.

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geeves - Unregistered

July 26, 2011 12:33 PM

Why do you think he'll adapt and be on the podium anytime soon? History paints a different picture with Marco: 4 years to get a win in the 125's 3 years to get a win in the 250's Same age as Pedrosa, Stoner & Lorenzo Has not gained a podium in 28 races, I would suggest you look at the other aliens initial 28 races and compare. He can do no more than flyers, he has zero racecraft and resorts to biff and barge as his only fallback and completely lacks concentration over race distance which is why he has a best finish of 5th. Honda has to keep Dovi over this guy....heck Aoyumi is in front of him on points on a sat. Honda.


July 26, 2011 12:33 PM
Last Edited 450 days ago

"Make no mistake, Sic clearly has the most potential out of best of the rest" No, I think you've made a mistake. How can the guy who doesn't have a podium who is on a factory bike for his 2nd year and can't use the excuse of not knowing the tracks because he came up in the GP paddock, have more potential than the guy who already has a win and multiple podiums?? Spies mental toughness will find a way to beat Simo every time. Spies beat him last year. He will beat him this year as well. Simo looks to be off a factory Honda next year and if so he doesn't have a chance of beating Spies if that happens.

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