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GP Week : Issue 122
MARCO Simoncelli has been in trouble for his forceful riding all year. From before this year, in fact...butnowheisupatthe sharp end of the top class, it’s become more of an issue. There have been seven races so far. Simoncelli has been well up in almost all of them, ready for a first MotoGP rostrum. But things keep going wrong. At Jerez, he fell off while leading. In Portugal he crashed out alone soon after the start. At Le Mans he was penalised after knocking Pedrosa down; in Britain he crashed while disputing second with Dovizioso. And at Assen he took Lorenzo out on the first lap. It is becoming, you might think, beyond a joke. Even so he managed to laugh about it, after qualifying on pole for the second time in three races at Assen. He has been on the front row for the last five races straight. “So, I am fast on Saturday, but always something happens to me on Sunday. Here at Assen the race is on Saturday, so ...” It didn’t work like that, and while almost all his rivals were prepared to write off this crash as a typical racing incident that might happen to anybody (cold tyre, first left-hander), his victim Lorenzo was not so charitable. “Marco is faithful to his style,” he said. “He is consistent – he is crashing at every race. “I was on the limit at that corner and he came in even faster than me. “He was riding like he was playing the PlayStation, just like we are all indestructible. “Maybe he does not deserve a sanction, but somebody should tell him something. If it was me, I would take his licence for one race. That’s a good way to learn, as I did when I was suspended for one event.” Lorenzo: Simoncelli “rides as if it was Playstation” MOTOGP ASSEN >> 47