Motorcycle Racing News MotoGP: Simoncelli Tests Honda RC213V

MotoGP: Simoncelli Tests Honda RC213V

2012 MotoGP

Following a respectable fifth-place finish at Motegi Sunday, Round 15 of the 2011 MotoGP Championship, Marco Simoncelli remained at the Twin Ring circuit for additional testing Monday

At Motegi, which is owned by Honda, Simoncelli participated in the first testing of the 1000cc bike that he will ride in 2012 MotoGP – the RC213V.

During the test, Simoncelli was able "discover the potential" of the RC213V, and provide feedback to the San Carlo Honda Gresini team. Following the test, Simoncelli went to the Phillippines for a short break before 16th round of MotoGP at Phillip Island, Australia, Oct. 16.

Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini MotoGP) says: "The big day finally arrived and I was able to test the bike I will be riding in Team San Carlo Honda Gresini colors next year.

"It was a fantastic experience to get out on the RC213V and I would like thank HRC for the opportunity. I completed 50 laps and quickly felt confident with the new bike, setting similar lap times to the RC212V.

"At the end of the day I gave my feedback and suggestions, which I hope will be important to development of the bike from here. Now I am taking some days off on the island of Boracay in the Philippines before the next race at Phillip Island."

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).

BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy Comes To Europe For 2022

For the first time since its 2008 debut, the BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy competition will be held in Europe. Located above the northeast...

Ultimate Motorcycling Editor’s Letter, March 2021: Vive l’automatique!

Testing the 2021 Honda Rebel 1100 DCT for this issue reminded me of something fundamental—motorcycles need to be accessible to new riders. Although we’ve...

Lieback’s Lounge: FTR—The Savior From Winter Misery?

When I found myself cleaning the tire treads on my Multistrada 1200, I knew the winter madness had returned.

2022 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster First Look: New Fork and More

The 2022 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster gets a more responsive motor with additional midrange power from the vertical-twin 1200HT engine. The powerplant also meets Euro...

Avon Tyres + Blood Bikes = Motorcycles Saving Lives

We’ve all heard of blood banks, but this is the first time we have heard of blood bikes. Leicestershire & Rutland Blood Bikes is...

2021 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone 100th Anniversary First Look

Back in December, we gave you a first look at the new 2021 Moto Guzzi V7 lineup. The big news was an increase in...