Simoncelli Admits Guilt

Cycle News Staff | June 2, 2011

Marco Simoncelli has admitted fault in the incident at the French Grand Prix at Le Mans, the Italian saying that he made “an error in judgment” in the accident that caused Dani Pedrosa to crash out of the race and suffer a broken collarbone.

Simoncelli met with Paul Butler, race director and IRTA representative, Claude Danis, FIM representative, Javier Alonso, Dorna representative, and Franco Uncini, the IRTA riders safety delegate, today in Spain to discuss the incident. According to a release issued by the FIM, race direction informed Simoncelli that they wished to ensure that he was aware of his mistake and to avoid any repetition in the future.Simoncelli, according to the FIM, responded that “in the interval after the French Grand Prix he had had time for reflection and regretted the statements he had made in the heat of the moment immediately after the Grand Prix. He also recognized that he had made an error of judgment and stated that in future he would try to evaluate situations better and be a little more cautious.”