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Pirro dedicates victory to Simoncelli

Pirro dedicates victory to Simoncelli

A highly emotional weekend for the Gresini Team at Valencia was rounded off with a victory from pole position in the Moto2 race for the Italian rider.

Starting from pole position Michele Pirro took his first ever GP win in the Moto2 race at Valencia on Sunday, dedicating the victory to Marco Simoncelli.

Michele Pirro:
“After setting pole yesterday I just had to do well today. The conditions were really difficult for the race but I tried to stay focused and then Marco did the rest from on high. He was with me throughout the race and on every lap I was asking him not to leave me alone. It was a long 27 laps and being out there riding alone isn't easy. This victory is dedicated to his family, who are suffering more than anybody right now, to his girlfriend and also to the guys in the team. It hasn't been an easy year for us but a victory at the end of it is a nice tonic. We had a tough time after Malaysia but we managed to convince Fausto to come to Valencia and I am sure it was the right choice because it is what Marco would have wanted. Racing was his life and this was the best way to honour him and remember him.”

Fausto Gresini, Team Manager:
“This is an incredible feeling. Unfortunately for us it is the second time it has happened: firstly when Sete Gibernau won the race following the death of Kato and today it was Michele Pirro who won for us. It is difficult to comment on such a special race. My heart was beating so fast, I need to calm down. It has been a very difficult fortnight and to go from such deep sorrow to this... it hits you hard.”

Yuki Takahashi had lined up alongside his team-mate on the front row and was leading the race when he crashed out, struggling to deal with the tough conditions.

Yuki Takahashi:
“I really wanted to have a nice race today but it all went out of the window with a crash. Up to that point I was feeling relaxed and riding well but I got caught out by the track surface. It's a shame because we could have finished with a fantastic team result.”

Moto2, 2011, GRAN PREMIO GENERALI DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, RAC, Michele Pirro, Yuki Takahashi, Gresini Racing Moto2

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