While it is still not clear whether the San Carlo Honda Gresini team will race with Hiroshi Aoyama in the upcoming Valencian GP, the Gresini Racing team has confirmed it will at least travel to the final MotoGP round. The Gresini Racing team has confirmed that many members of the San Carlo Honda Gresini MotoGP team will be present at the spanish track, and that the customary team pit box will be setup with Marco Simoncelli’s #58 Honda RC212V on display to tribute the fallen rider.
At the Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana, the MotoGP community is planning a tribute for the late Italian rider, who tragically died at the Malaysian GP in an incident that involved Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi. While the Gresini squad will be in attendance for the memorial in Valencia, it is not clear whether team principal Fausto Gresini will let either Aoyama or the Gresini Moto2 squad compete in the Spanish race. Gresini had hinted after the fateful Malaysian weekend that the team would not compete in Valencia, but a definitive statement is expected after the Simoncelli’s funeral tomorrow.
Marco Simoncelli will be laid to rest Thursday in his home town of Coriano, Italy. A public viewing of Simoncelli’s body was held today, with the funeral scheduled for tomorrow at 3:00pm at the church of Santa Maria di Coriano.