Simoncelli Takes 250cc Quarrel to MotoGP

Following several on-track incidents during the last two seasons involving the former 250cc world champion and Bautista and Barbera, Marco Simoncelli recently stated that he has no intentions of forgetting about the quarrel he had with the two Spanish riders. All three riders will therefore continue the fight this season, only this time in the MotoGP.

"After verifying what kind of hypocrites Bautista and Barbera are, I've decided I won't be speaking to them anymore," Simoncelli told Motosprint. “I don't want to have anything to do with them anymore, also considering we reason in a different way. They are strong riders, but as people they aren't worth much."

"Some riders, like Bautista and Barbera, always whine,"
he said. "All the fuss against me started from them, after which race direction gave them a big hand.

"I race anyone in the same way, so it's unbelievable that there were problems only with them. I happen to make contact with many riders, but with them - especially Bautista - it's always a big fuss. In 2009 he has given me the impression of being someone looking for excuses."

"As for Barbera, he ran into me at Assen, and then said that he had to do it because I wouldn't let him through... as if it was my fault! Race direction, by always judging in favor of Bautista and Barbera, has contributed in creating this ugly and hostile climate, which shouldn't be there. They had begun taking advantage of a situation that had become favorable for them."

For the 2010 MotoGP season, Simoncelli will ride for Gresini Honda team alongside Marco Melandri, while Bautista and Barbera moved to Suzuki and Ducati respectively.
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