Ben Spies looks all set to seal fifth position in the standings and the Yamaha Factory Racing rider echoed his fellow riders' sentiments by stating that a good final race would be a fitting tribute to Simoncelli.
“When we think about what's happened over the past couple of weeks it's hard to come to the last race with the emotions we feel, but everybody knows Marco would want us to race,” said the American. “We have to pull together, do the best we can and put on the best race we can for him and everybody else.”
This weekend will also see the conclusion of one of the most lengthy and distinguished careers in the history of the World Championship.
Loris Capirossi is set to start his 328th and final Grand Prix, bringing down the curtain on a career which has spanned 22 seasons, three World Championship titles and 99 podiums.
Capirossi intends to use Simoncelli's number 58 this weekend (see separate story).
"I will do my best for him and after this race I will of course retire as planned. I am happy because after 22 seasons it's a good time to stop. There are a lot of strong riders and it's good to do something else," said the Pramac Ducati rider.