SBK - Marco Simoncelli ahead of the first two appointments?
While we continue to talk about a possible appearance in the Superbike of Valentino Rossi, Marco Simoncelli for the hypothesis seems much more concrete: the pilot from Coriano (Rimini) Romagna, in fact, could take part in the first two rounds of the 2009 season, scheduled on Phillip Island circuit and Losail, which are already well known by Marco thanks to the Grand Prix motorcycle racing. The World Champion of Class 250, then, as a "guest" , will race in the Team with Max Biaggi and Shinya Nakano.
PROPOSAL - "In Aprilia have asked me if I would participate in the first two races of SBK, for them is a very important commitment," Marco said to the weekly MOTOSPRINT. "We have thought long and I think I will accept. Yes, I own that I will be there, it is an experience that I would really like to do." Unless unexpected or sudden changes, then, the centaur of Coriano will be the exception to the start of 2009 for the SBK. A situation helped by the schedule of Moto GP motorcycle racing, which will start only on April 12 in Qatar, when the Superbike has already completed three of their appointments.TEST - "SuperSic" had already tested the new RSV4 in late November, in a present-test offered by the house of Noale at the Valencia circuit. Simoncelli,at the debut, was riding in 1'36 .3, beating one-tenth of the crono established the day before by Shinya Nakano, in his debut on four-cylinder from Venice. 'It is a moto which I liked very much, "confessed Marco". 'It is fast, fun and easier to drive than a 250. At Valencia I did a few laps in practice and I have not touched anything of set-up. In addition the engine brake was off. In any case, I was fast ".
EVENT - At this point, with Simoncelli and even a possible presence of Valentino Rossi and Troy Bayliss, the opening of 2009 marked Superbike would have all chance to become an epochal event in the history of the recent ... motociclismo