Under Pressure From Spanish Fans And Race Officials, Simoncelli Admits He Was “Wrong”

May 31, 2011


With reports that Marco Simoncelli has received numerous threats from Spanish fans of Dani Pedrosa in advance of this weekend’s Spanish round of the MotoGP series, confirmed by Simoncelli’s team manager, and having been summoned to appear before the race directors to explain the accident with Pedrosa at Le Mans, Simoncelli has issued a statement admitting he was “wrong” and will try to be more cautious in the future.

While some of his competitors clearly consider Simoncelli a “bull in a china shop”, at times, it is the expensive china owned by his own employer, Honda Racing (he is with a satellite team, but competes aboard a factory Honda), that he knocked down and injured at Le Mans, after nearly causing another Honda asset, Casey Stoner, to crash earlier in the year during the opening lap of a race. Regardless of the outcome of his meeting with race officials this weekend, you should expect that Simoncelli will be monitored closely for aggressive riding the remainder of the year not only by race officials, but by Honda, as well.

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