Motorcycle Racing News Simoncelli & MotoGP Race Direction Report

Simoncelli & MotoGP Race Direction Report

2011 MotoGP Crash News

MotoGP Race Direction met with Marco Simoncelli Thursday at Catalunya to further discuss the Le Mans incident that involved Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa.

During the incident, Simoncelli made a controversial pass on Pedrosa at Turn 9. During the pass, Pedrosa crashed, breaking his right collarbone. Simoncelli was penalized at Le Mans (Drive-through penalty), and initially said it wasn’t his fault.

But on Thursday, Simoncelli told Race Direction he had time to think about the MotoGP crash, and admitted he was wrong.

The purpose of the meeting was to give all the parties the opportunity to discuss the incident at the French MotoGP in Le Mans that resulted in Marco Simoncelli being penalised with a ride through penalty and to draw a line under it.

Here’s what the official report says from MotoGP Race Direction: "The purpose of the meeting was to give all the parties the opportunity to discuss the incident at the French MotoGP in Le Mans that resulted in Marco Simoncelli being penalised with a ride through penalty and to draw a line under it.

"The Race Direction informed Simoncelli that they wished to ensure that he was aware of his mistake and to avoid any repetition in the future. Simoncelli responded that in the interval after the French Grand Prix he had had time for reflection and regretted the statements he had made in the heat of the moment immediately after the Grand Prix. He also recognized that he had made an error of judgment and stated that in future he would try to evaluate situations better and be a little more cautious."

Due to the MotoGP crash, Pedrosa will not start at Catalunya this weekend. For a report, click here.

The Race Direction was composed of Paul Butler, Race Director and IRTA representative, Claude Danis, FIM representative, Javier Alonso, Dorna representative, and Franco Uncini, IRTA Riders Safety delegate. Simoncelli and San Carlo Honda Gresini Team Principal Fausto Gresini were present during the MotoGP meeting.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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