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Matthew Birt  says:

Le Mans MotoGP: Marco Simoncelli defends controversial overtake

Marco Simoncelli has defended himself against a renewed barrage of criticism after he was involved in a controversial incident in yesterday’s Le Mans MotoGP race that left Dani Pedrosa with a broken right collarbone. Simoncelli and Pedrosa were contesting second place on lap 18 when they collided on the entry to the second chicane. Trying to overtake on the outside, Simoncelli cut...

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Martyn77

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Martyn77 says:

Simoncelli

On the T.V. the front view shows Simoncelli to be past Pedrosa. Any motor racing has an inherant danger and safety should always be a first consideration, but the end result  is sterility if taken to the ultimate limit. There has to be a balance between safety and risk. There has to be a rule change as a ride through cannot possibly be fair, the case should be argued after the race. Also, I think Rossi was right to say too many riders are soft. Get rid of the electronic "rider aids" and let engineering and rider talent win the race.

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VitorR

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VitorR says:

only one of the two riders had the choice to avoid the impact

At the end of the day, there came a point in that turn where only one of the two riders had the choice to avoid the impact and that rider was Simoncelli. He could have backed off just a little bit and try the next turn but he chose to cut Pedrosa off. It was more than obvious Pedrosa couldn't keep close to the apex when he was approaching it from inside the turn. Any rider must know that... So that was completely reckless by Simoncelli. (yet another completely reckless move from him)

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VitorR

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VitorR says:

Unless Simoncelli is deaf, he would know Pedrosa hadn't hit the brakes well before the corner

"I think that he had hit the brakes well before the corner, and I found myself on the outside of him..." This just won't stick. Unless Simoncelli is deaf, he would know Pedrosa hadn't hit the brakes well before the corner...

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VitorR

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VitorR says:

This may be motorcycle racing, but it isn't Tron Legacy

It's more than normal for riders to make mistakes even ones that end up in the gravel with broken bones. This is racing after all and at this speed it's easy to misjudge when you can or can't make a pass. Will there be room or not... The problem here is, there wouldn't be any room for doubt in any anyone's head ,besides Simoncelli's, that he would cut Pedrosa off by taking that path. Any rider but him would have backed off. If this was Tron Legacy though, then that would be a legitimate move on his part.

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ianp5uk

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ianp5uk says:

From my armchair it looked like Simoncelli was faster than Perdrosa at this point in the race and Pedrosa was trying to block him. At the corner Marco got ahead during braking, Dani wouldn't yield and paid the price.

The real issue is the lack of consistency in application of the rules. It "may" be that Marco was at fault but others have done it and not been penalised.

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longdog

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longdog says:

Simoncelli, please don't let them get to you, this is motorcycle racing not F1 follow my leader!!!!

Simoncelli was past Pedrosa, he took an unconventional line for the overtake, but it worked, Pedrosa was obviously having problems getting his bike stopped and didn't make the corner. If Simoncelli wasn't there, Pedrosa would have run wide or ended up in the kitty-litter anyway, whatever, he would have lost time.

The race marshals were too quick to hand out the ride-through. In my opinion, they only cheated the fans, (although Simoncelli's fightback from 7th to 5th was worth watching!!!), the organisers should have analysed the move a little more thoroughly and, if a penalty was found to be neccessary, they could have implemented the penalty AFTER the race.

As an aside, it's funny how nothing was said about Lorenzo's pass on Simoncelli earlier in the race when he forced Simoncelli to lift his Honda with smoke coming off him from Lorenzo's contact!!! This happened when there were a lot more bikes around and the consequences could have been disastrous.

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veerosee

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veerosee says:

Dani wouldn't have made the corner anyway

If you look at the video replay Dani was going in too hot for the very tight line he was on, Marco overtook him and made the corner easily. Dani clipped the back of Marco. The alternative would have been for Marco to have missed the bend and run wide or off to accommodate Dani's inability to make the corner. Marco was in front at this point, so why should he? The ride through was an idiotic penalty as they could have docked him time later if they felt the need to do something. The ride through destroyed the race in a sense

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motocollect

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motocollect says:

Simonsilly

There is no doubt he's a hard rider, which is probably the reputation he wants to enforce. A 'Keep out of my way in future' warning. Fast, but not a thinking rider. This incident with Pedrosa will stay in the minds of HRC as long has he races a Honda. To quote his Mum when the local media called to interview him ..... 'He's out ... anyway he's not a dangerous rider ... He's just a Silly, Silly boy!

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CharlieCC

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CharlieCC says:

ManUP !!!!!

Whatever is going on with these Primadona's Get them out with my 17 yr old and other skint riders in the 600 supersport around the UK Clubman circuits and see how they handle the aggresive riding (sorry RACING) that goes on there, GOOD ON YE SIMO do not allow motoGP to go down the media fiasco road when manged by financiers NOT FULL BLOODED RACERS !!!!!! BRING IT ON !!!!

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Kevdaytona

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Kevdaytona says:

Simoncelli

Whats to defend..? Are Moto GP riders heading the same way as girly soccer players. Man up, racing is racing. Maybe Pedrosa should watch the NW200 while he's resting this weekend & grow a pair.

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