MotoGP star Marco Simoncelli was rewarded for signing his new contract with San Carlo Honda Gresini last week with a ride on the bike he'll be riding next year - the Honda RC213V.Simoncelli rode the 1000cc MotoGP bike in a test yesterday at the Motegi circuit in Japan, the site of Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix. With the test concluded, Simoncelli, who finished fourth on Sunday, is headed to the Philippines for a short vacation before heading to Phillip Island for the next round of the series in Australia."The big day finally arrived and I was able to test the bike I will be riding in Team San Carlo Honda Gresini colors next year," Simoncelli said in a team release.

"It was a fantastic experience to get out on the RC213V and I would like thank HRC for the opportunity. I completed 50 laps and quickly felt confident with the new bike, setting similar lap times to the RC212V. At the end of the day I gave my feedback and suggestions, which I hope will be important to development of the bike from here. Now I am taking some days off on the island of Boracay in the Philippines before the next race at Phillip Island."


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