San Carlo Honda Gresini says they’re going to race this season’s final MotoGP round.
Nobody was sure if Marco Simoncelli’s team would take to the track for the season closer, after Simoncelli died as the result of a crash at the MotoGP round at Sepang. But the Italian team now says they’re going to show up.
Nobody will be riding Simoncelli’s #58 bike – Hiroshi Aoyama will be the team’s only entry to the main event, with Michele Pirro and Yuki Takahashi taking to the track in Moto2.
Fausto Gresini had originally said he didn’t know if his team could race Valencia after Simoncelli’s crash, but now he says it’s what Simoncelli would hav wanted. As Gresini put it, “Going out on track at Valencia is definitely the best way to honour him by doing what he most loved to do: Ride and experience the world of MotoGP.”
In other racing news, Leon Camier has found a new ride for the 2012 World Superbike season.
Onlookers were wondering about Camier’s future after Aprilia signed Eugene Laverty to their factory team, leaving either Max Biaggi without a ride (unlikely), or Camier.
It seems Camier’s landed on his feet, though; he’s just signed with Crescent Suzuki, a new team on the Superbike circuit. They haven’t announced his teammate yet, but they say that’s coming soon.