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Simoncelli still in the hunt ahead of home race

Simoncelli still in the hunt ahead of home race

A timely win at Indianapolis on Sunday keeps Marco Simoncelli in the title hunt and he will be fired up for the visit to Misano this weekend.

Given the imminent arrival of the new Moto2 class and last year’s 250cc race cancellation at Indianapolis, Sunday’s contest in the intermediate category at The Brickyard was a historical event and will be fondly remembered by Marco Simoncelli.

The likeable Italian wants to hold on to his 250cc crown before his move up to MotoGP and is keen to write his name into the history books as the last ever 250 champion by retaining the title.

Of course he still has 27 points to make up on leader Hiroshi Aoyama (Scot Honda) over the last five rounds from third in the standings and with second placed Álvaro Bautista (Mapfre Aspar) also wishing to have a say in the matter it promises to be an exciting climax to the season.

Reviewing his fourth win of 2009 on Sunday, following three practice crashes on Saturday, Simoncelli commented, “It was a fantastic race and to be honest in qualifying I was unconvinced about my chances of fighting for the win. But my team did an excellent job to put my bike back together and to have it working the way I wanted.”

Looking ahead to the next race on the calendar this coming weekend, which promises to be a special event for the Italian youngster, he stated, “I feel really good on the Gilera right now and the next race takes place just 5km from my house. I don’t have great memories from last year (he finished sixth at Misano in 2008), but I will try my hardest to have a good race.”

250cc, 2009, RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX, Marco Simoncelli, Metis Gilera

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