News 4 Oct 2011

Simoncelli makes 2012 debut on Honda RC213V at Motegi

Marco Simoncelli rode Honda's RC213V at Motegi on Monday.

Marco Simoncelli rode Honda's RC213V at Motegi on Monday.

After agreeing a new contract with San Carlo Honda Gresini and HRC at Motegi, Marco Simoncelli was back on track the day following a bittersweet grand prix to test the 1000cc bike he will ride next year.

It was an important opportunity to discover the potential of the RC213V and give his feedback to HRC.

The test marked a good experience for Simoncelli, who now heads to the Philippines for a short break before the next round of the MotoGP World Championship at Phillip Island in Australia.

“The big day finally arrived and I was able to test the bike I will be riding in Team San Carlo Honda Gresini colours next year,” Simoncelli said. “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.”

Simoncelli was announced to be returning to Gresini with factory Honda support last week.