Simoncelli: Making waves in MotoGP

Simoncelli: Making waves in MotoGP

Marco Simoncelli's unique personality has endeared him to some and alienated him from others in the MotoGP paddock this year. As Sam Tremayne found out, he's certainly his own man

Until his podium finish at Brno's Czech Grand Prix, Marco Simoncelli was in danger of making headlines for all the wrong reasons in 2011.

The Italian was involved in a series of on-track – and off-track – altercations with his fellow MotoGP riders, a sequence that reached its nadir at Le Mans when he made contact with Dani Pedrosa and caused the Spaniard to crash and break his collarbone.

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