Simoncelli To Learn Honda Factory Fate Soon?
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
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."