After having extended his contract with HRC and Gresini and taking an fourth place at the Motegi GP, Marco Simoncelli got his first taste of the RC213V at Motegi yesterday and the Italian seemed enthusiastic about Honda’s new prototype, however no lap times were released.
“The big day has finally arrived 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.”