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Marco Simoncelli

Marco Simoncelli
Simoncelli during post-season testing in Valencia in 2009.
NameMarco Simoncelli
CaptionSimoncelli during post-season testing in Valencia in 2009.
NationalityItalian
Birth DateJanuary 20, 1987(age 29)
Birth PlaceCattolica, Italy
Current TeamSan Carlo Honda Gresini
Bike Number58
MotoGP Last Season2010
MotoGP Last Position8th (125 pts)
MotoGP Active Years2010 present
MotoGP Championships0
MotoGP ManufacturersHonda
MotoGP Race Starts32
MotoGP Race Wins0
MotoGP Podiums1
MotoGP Poles2
MotoGP Fastest Laps0
MotoGP Total Points231
250 Active Years2006 2009
250 Championships1 (2008)
250 ManufacturersGilera
250 Race Starts64
250 Race Wins12
250 Podiums22
250 Poles10
250 Fastest Laps8
250 Total Points701
125 Active Years2002 2005
125 Championships0
125 ManufacturersAprilia
125 Race Starts50
125 Race Wins2
125 Podiums7
125 Poles3
125 Fastest Laps1
125 Total Points290
SBK Active Years 
SBK Championships0
SBK ManufacturersAprilia
SBK Race Starts2
SBK Race Wins0
SBK Podiums1
SBK Poles0
SBK Fastest Laps0
SBK Total Points16

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Marco Simoncelli (born 20 January 1987 in Cattolica) is an Italian Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. A top rider of the Italian Minimoto Championship from 1996 to 2000, Marco Simoncelli moved to 125cc bikes after taking two consecutive titles in the aforementioned discipline. After a promising first season in the 125 Honda Trophy, Simoncelli took the European 125cc title in 2002 and had a first taste of Grand Prix racing the same year.

In 2003 he undertook his first full season in the World Championship with the Matteoni Racing team. A consistent point-scorer in his rookie season, he moved to the Rauch Bravo team in 2004 and scored his first Grand Prix win at a rain-soaked Jerez, but could only manage an 11th placed finish overall.

Another 125cc campaign in 2005, with the Nocable.it Race team, was completed with an improvement in the final standings in 5th place, giving Simoncelli the opportunity to leap into the quarter-litre category. A steady season saw the Italian achieve 10th position in the championship representing Metis Gilera, with whom he continued in 2007 and 2008.

In 2008 Simoncelli achieved his first race victories in the 250cc class, his maiden triumph coming at his home race in Mugello, and was involved in some breathtaking battles with his rivals over the course of the year. Emerging as the standout rider in the class, Gilera provided their newest star with a top-of-the-range RSA machine for the final races of the season.

The Italian secured his fifth win of the year at Phillip Island early in October and clinched the title with third place at Malaysia at the penultimate round of the year.

He previously rode a Gilera in the 250cc World Championship, and has previously in the 125cc class. He has five race wins in the 250cc class, and two in the 125cc class.

He made a one-off appearance for Aprilia in the World Superbike round at Imola. He qualified on the second row and was one of three riders to crash out of race one at Tosa while running 5th, before fighting through to 3rd in race two, making a forceful move to overtake team-mate Max Biaggi to get onto the podium.

On 25 June 2009 it was confirmed that Simoncelli would move up to premier class racing for 2010 MotoGP championship after agreeing to ride with the San Carlo Gresini Honda team.


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