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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Marco Simoncelli on the 1000

Having finally signed his contract for 2012, Marco Simoncelli had the opportunity to test the new Honda 1000cc today at Motegi.  It was the Italian rider's first ever contact with the bike he will race next season, and he became the only non-factory team rider to test a 1000cc thus far.  Marco recorded 50 laps over the course of the day, setting lap times similar to those registered this weekend with his 800cc RC212V.

"The big day has finally arrived - Simoncelli commented - and I was able to test the bike I will ride next year.  It was a fantastic experience riding the RC213V, and I'd like to thank HRC for giving me this opportunity.  I did 50 laps, and I felt confident on the bike immediately, setting times like those with the RC212V.  I enjoyed myself, and the bike is as fun to ride as I expected: it even wheelies in fifth and sixth gear. At the end of the day I even gave some feedback, and some suggestions that I hope will help with development.  Now I'm going to enjoy some vacation time in the Philippines, on Boracay Island, before heading off to Phillip Island for the next Grand Prix." 

source: GP One

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