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Ducati: We’ve been thinking about Marco since Malaysia

"For Marco, racing equalled happiness, which is a concept that I understand very well" - Ducati team manager Vittoriano Guareschi.
Ducati team manager Vittoriano Guareschi hopes that this weekend's Valencia MotoGP finale will see 'positive feelings' as well as sadness at the tragic loss of Marco Simoncelli.

Fellow Italian Guareschi attended the funeral of the much-missed Honda Gresini rider last week and admits it will be a tough weekend.

“The Valencia Grand Prix will have a different atmosphere than normal because we've been thinking about Marco since Malaysia," said Guareschi.

"He'll be with us in Spain and beyond, but I think there will also be positive feelings in the paddock, because for Marco, racing equalled happiness, which is a concept that I understand very well.

"That being the case, we'll do what we always have and do our best to provide Vale and Nicky with what they need to have a nice race. Then on Tuesday and Wednesday we'll take part in the test, and we'll see the new-generation [1000cc] bikes together for the first time.”

Rossi and Tech 3's Colin Edwards were caught up in Simoncelli's fatal accident, on lap 2 of the previous Sepang round.



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tetley - Unregistered

November 03, 2011 1:19 PM

"For Marco, racing equalled happiness, which is a concept that I understand very well"-Ducati team manager Vittoriano Guareschi.” Those are words which ring true with all of us. I was watching race coverage as Marco’s terrible crash took his life. Although I never knew him his death hit me and is still foremost on my mind. At first I could not understand why I should be so concerned about someone who I had never met, but the overwhelming volume of tributes since paid to #58 has shown that many other enthusiasts world-wide shared the same feelings. Marco was truly the heir apparent to the personality and eminence of Valentino, and was taken from us by a fatal Crash. Maybe this is the right place and the right time for us all to recognise that crashes are not entertainment, they are potential tragedies. I hope others will support my suggestion that Crash(dot)net should consider changing their name, perhaps to Race(dot)net or something similar, as a lasting tribute to Marco and the void h

shamarone

November 03, 2011 2:34 PM

re: "This is the end of ducati in moto gp." not ducati, but perhaps suzuki. they've been looking for an out and now they have it. vale's back on one, capi's gone, simo's gone, and cresent team will be busy with WSBK.



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