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@ Billace "Simo was on a factory bike with HRC engineers in his crew. He really didn't accomplish much on track in MotoGP and I could never see him replacing Caswey or Dani at Repsol before his tragic accident. I don't think they would have given him the nod over Marquez if that decision had to be made.
Lets not forget #58 was still on a San Carlo / Gresini bike (which is not permitted to beat Repsol HRC). The fact that he ran so high so often (even if he fell off), and his 100% commitment & bravery (ably demonstrated by his tragic crash), suggest that he really was a great talent. The way things were going then as well for DP, I think MS would have deposed DP at HRC, & the MotoGP line-up would look very different.
MC's MotoGP experience and proven speed, plus his personality & fan popularity would have got him the seat ahead of Marquez IMO. A great loss to m/c sport.