The announcement was made via a press release from San Carlo Gresini Racing, which means one of the riders currently competing for the Faenza based outfit in the MotoGP series – San Marino's Alex de Angelis or Spain's Toni Elias – will have to look for a job next season.
“Marco has that determination and character that we want from a rider as part of his DNA and we are sure we can look ahead to exciting times with him,” Fausto Gresini said in the statement.
“Marco has shown over the past couple of years that he has the ability to be a major force in the premier class, as well as being a great communicator. We have established a good feeling with him already and that facilitated negotiations over a contract that we have signed for 2010.”
“Having Marco with us creates new and important objectives for the team, which San Carlo want to reach together with us. Today is an important day for San Carlo and ourselves, and as we wait in expectation of great things together in the future, we wish Marco all the best in his bid to fight until the end and successfully defend his 250 title,” added the team's boss.
As far as the sponsorship for the new season goes, Alberto Vitaloni, President of the San Carlo Gruppo Alimentare, expressed his satisfaction over the collaboration with Fausto Gresini's team in the last 4 years and confirmed he had no second thoughts on extending it furthemore.
“Sponsorship decision, besides the sports facts, it is also about the people who make the team. For this reason four years ago we wanted to link our brand to the Honda Gresini team. The opportunity to have Marco Simoncelli in the San Carlo Honda Gresini Team made us very happy as we do believe he is a great champion and a rider loved by everyone,” added Vitaloni.