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Jan 08

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kcmc says:

Is Simoncelli for the chop?

Simoncelli To Learn Honda Factory Fate Soon?
by staff
Tuesday, August 09, 2011

HRC Communications and Marketing Director Livio Suppo told Soupkast recently that Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa are contracted as Honda factory riders for the 2012 MotoGP season but the status of Andrea Dovizioso and Marco Simoncelli as HRC works riders is uncertain for next year due to the worldwide economic downturn.

The future of Super Sic may start to become clearer soon, as Gresini Honda boss Fausto Gresini indicated talks may intensify about the future of his No. 1 rider starting this weekend at Brno.

"The Czech Republic Grand Prix is bound to be an interesting one for the future of MotoGP, with a lot of negotiations ongoing, but our goal is to carry forward the Simoncelli project with the same professionalism as always," Gresini said. "Our objective remains to help him achieve the results that have so far escaped him for various reasons."

Possible translation from PR-speak: "We're going to try to keep Sic upright for 45 minutes this Sunday so he can finally deliver a podium finish on the factory Honda that he won't have for much longer."

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Sep 04

Posts: 2620

tiamo69 says:


I think Dani Pedrosa will be bloody lucky to stay on factory HRC machine next season, even with all his sponsorship money...

HRC used to only give riders 2 seasons to deliver!!!


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Jan 09

Posts: 482

hairybob says:


after the sensible ride today he will be safe 

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Jun 11

Posts: 44

mikehannan says:

Is Simoncelli for the chop?

I agree with hariybob, Simo rode a sensible race today and looked the sort of mature rider a team might be interested in.  As for Dani, his season will only get tougher from here.  Falling off gets to be tiresome both for the rider and the sponsors.

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Nov 04

Posts: 3830

750FLYER says:


you mean lamb 'chop'??

Hard to tell underneath all that hair!!   :tongue:

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