It seems MotoGP’s Race Direction is not done with Italian Marco Simoncelli. Despite giving the San Carlos Honda Gresini Rider a ride-through penalty at the French GP for his entanglement with Dani Pedrosa, the sophomore MotoGP rider will have to go talk to the powers that be this week at the Catalan GP.
As if getting sent to the principal’s office wasn’t bad enough, Simoncelli has been the subject of some threats in the Spanish mob, a situation that probably wasn’t aided by the Honda rider’s comments about his penalty and the incident with Dani Pedrosa.
Simoncelli released a second statement, after the backlash of the first, apologizing for his actions, and hoping to move forward with the season. This effort however appears to be too little too late in the eyes of Race Direction and the Spanish fans alike. It goes without saying then that the Catalan GP should be an interesting one.
What remains to be seen is if Dani Pedrosa will race on Sunday, as the Repsol Honda rider wrote on his blog earlier this week that he was still uncertain. We’re sure this uncertainy has nothing to do with waiting until Race Direction finishes with Simoncelli first, as we doubt Pedrosa will want to miss riding in front of his home crowd.
Pedrosa’s crash and injury not only put the Barcelona event in jeopardy for the Spaniard, but also may have dashed, yet again, Pedrosa’s chances for a MotoGP World Championship title. We doubt Spanish fans will forget that injustice anytime soon.