Paolo Simoncelli has his personal method of speaking. When he talks to us about his drivers and the Grands Prix, he does not cease at brief formal press releases: he tells us about his expertise from the within, places it into it, shares his feelings. The cardboard despatched after the Qatar Grand Prix is an illustration of this.
The boss of the SIC58 Squadra Corse staff approaches this primary occasion of the season from the angle of life within the paddock punctuated by the Covid-19 over there, in Qatar, and of the “responsibility” he has to cross on feelings to followers pressured to remain at residence. He appears again on the performances of Tatsuki Suzuki (eighth) and Lorenzo Fellon (19th), on the finish of an eventful weekend: one was simply recovering from a Covid-19 an infection, the opposite was his huge debut on the planet championship. Lastly, he concludes with a tribute to Fausto Gresini, who handed away this winter and who was, amongst others, the staff supervisor of Marco Simoncelli, and one of many first companions of the SIC58 Squadra Corse staff.
So sure, this letter was dated just a few days in the past – it had escaped us – however we don’t resist the urge to translate it and share it with you. The phrase to Paolo Simoncelli:
“A 12 months in the past, at the moment, folks had been singing on their balconies, we had been writing ‘It is gonna be okay’ and we thought it would not final that lengthy. And now, after a 12 months that appeared very lengthy, we’re nonetheless oscillating between purple and darkish orange areas. And we, those that are approved to journey, who’re lucky sufficient to proceed to reside our ardour, have an ethical responsibility to ship these feelings to you, to make you expertise loopy and shifting Sundays. To place you again just a bit little bit of normalcy, we’ll do our greatest to get the commentator to say ‘a standing ovation for this unimaginable podium’. “
“We left for Qatar with out our most skilled driver, however with excessive hopes for Tatsuki’s PCR check on Monday, which was our final likelihood to see him on the grid for race one. Thankfully, every part went completely, Tatsuki turned unfavourable and on Wednesday he flew to Doha. On Sunday, the beginning grid was the precise reverse of 2020, when Tatsuki began from pole. “
“He arrived in Qatar not in fine condition, drained, exhausted and with out the (pre-season) check. He was nearly asymptomatic, however when the virus left his physique he took up his power. I believed he would not have the ability to end the race, however as a substitute, with all the ability of his will, he was capable of do it, ending eighth. We’re all so completely happy, though I feel a bit extra may have been executed, no less than one or two positions, however I am completely happy both method. Possibly he made the fitting selection in deciding to not danger an excessive amount of. Both method, to see Tatsuki combating so arduous is wonderful. He by no means may have executed it just a few years in the past, and which means we’re doing a great job with him. “
“Lorenzo Fellon, our 16 12 months previous rookie, was not so completely happy along with his end result. He is available in with one 12 months in ETC and one in CEV, and on this world championship the place the extent is so excessive, simply ending the race means he did a great job on his first. He is acquired all of the inexperienced lights, nice potential that we will work on, he simply must hear and never be beneath stress, we will see he is decided. “
“It was a troublesome race with loopy winds, and we had been very fortunate that none of our riders had been concerned within the different crashes, of which there have been rather a lot. It is a basic for the primary GP, with the brand new ones they’re so absorbed of their want to have all of it instantly, they wish to management the world, they want time to grasp race is lengthy and mistake in the beginning will be overtaken with calm just a few laps later. “
“I wish to thank Josito Garcia, our CEV Moto3 rider, and in addition our official substitute rider, who got here right here to Qatar to exchange Tatsuki however who, in the long run, was only a spectator; He additionally began right here final 12 months to exchange Antonelli. Thanks additionally to Carmelo Ezpeleta who made all of this occur: he gave the entire MotoGP household the possibility to get the shot. I took the chance and I am completely happy for it, even when it means we now have to remain right here a bit longer to get the second dose. Right here, on this form of jail home with sand, the ocean, volleyball courts. We’re in a resort and we’re vaccinated, sure, however we solely have entry to sure areas, they wish to maintain us away from their folks to keep away from infections. That’s why the hospitals right here should not in disaster. In this sort of pressured trip, we’re ready for Friday to return to the monitor for the second spherical of Doha. “
“It was our first race with out Fausto. Fausto had at all times been there for the reason that first 12 months of the world championship with Marco in 2002, first as a driver after which as an entrepreneur. First as a staff supervisor, then as a associate after which as a good friend. It was full, intense, stunning years, we shared some horrible experiences, and never having it right here due to this rattling virus, which can haven’t any impact on one particular person however kill one other, it does not just isn’t truthful. Bye Fausto, I’ll always remember that we began this journey collectively. “