Simon responds to Stoner

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Simon and Super Sic at a pre race event in Australia back in 2009.

Simon and Super Sic at a pre race event in Australia back in 2009.

Julian Simon has hit back at Casey Stoner’s claims regarding the death of Marco Simoncelli during a recent interview on Spanish radio.

At the weekend upon announcing his deal to race V8 supercars the Aussie said “We lost a rider a couple of years ago (Marco Simoncelli) and with in a month it was like it never happened. They want to see biff and barge and they don’t realise our lives are on the line. We became puppets in that world and it had nothing to do with racing.”

But now the 2009 125cc Champion has hit back and during a recent radio interview with Cadena Ser, he said ”The truth is that I don’t share Stoner’s view. I do not think people have forgotten a rider like Simoncelli … nor Kato and Tomizawa, and hopefully it will never happen again.

“I don’t understand. Stoner has done so much for racing, but racing has also done a lot for him and I think that he’ll eventually return to the MotoGP World Championship, if not officially at least sporadically. You’ll see.”

Whether or not he returns remains to be seen, but it just goes to show the spirit of Simoncelli is still strong in the paddock despite what Stoner thinks.

Henry Surtees karting event returns in June

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Henry Surtees karting event returns in June

“It should be a great event,” I was told on the phone by the Henry Surtees Foundation. “We’ve got Oliver Turvey and Sam Bird coming and lots of karters as well.”

This was about a week before the Foundation’s 2012 karting event at Mercedes-Benz World. The Motor Sport team consisted of art editor Damon Cogman – who is known as ‘Crasher Cogman’ on office karting trips, and myself – who weighs, cough, 16 stone.

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A phone call to Aston Martin works driver Darren Turner (Is there food? Yes, mate. Great, I’m in) and British GT driver Riki Christodoulou later and the team was looking more professional. Not quite professional enough, however, as we only managed an 11th-place finish. This was perhaps more down to the magnets Cogman and I seemed to be wearing on our bumpers rather than any lack of pace from the Pros in our ProAm team.

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Despite being reminded, once again, that professional racing drivers really are quite good, it was a fantastic event and it helped raise £33,905 for the Brooklands Museum Trust and the Kent/Surrey/Sussex Air Ambulance.

The Foundation has just released a date for this year’s event – Tuesday June 25 – and is asking people to register their interest. The day isn’t cheap (a team entry for the two-hour endurance race costs £1000), but it is for an extremely worthwhile cause and you get to say that you raced against (or ‘got lapped by’ in our case) professional drivers.

To register your interest please visit www.henrysurteesfoundation.com. And remember, if you get punted off in June it’s probably thanks to that ‘Crasher Cogman’.

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Stoner: “We had a lack of respect”

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Casey Stoner thinks his honesty was one of the reasons the fans didn't take to him.

Casey Stoner thinks his honesty was one of the reasons the fans didn’t take to him.

As Casey Stoner announced he will be driving in V8 supercars in 2013 he also gave a little more into his decision to quit MotoGP.

The 27 year old insists that inspite of his broken ankle last season, his decision has nothing to do with injuries.

 Speaking to the Telegraph Stoner said “We got spat at [by fans], they tried to knock us off scooters going from the motor homes to the pits.””We had a lack of respect from a lot of people around the sport and I didn’t like the direction it was taking.Unfortunately they didn’t like my honesty in the paddock.

“That was part of it, but more it was the direction of the sport.”

He also critized the fans when they moaned about the sport becoming boring.

“We lost a rider a couple of years ago (Marco Simoncelli) and with in a month it was like it never happened. They want to see biff and barge and they don’t realise our lives are on the line.

“We became puppets in that world and it had nothing to do with racing.”

Whilst he hasn’t defiantly ruled out a return, he has claimed the sport will need to change significantly to even tempt him.

“I had no intentions of going back to the sport.

“But if I see the sport changing dramatically, to the point that it is interesting, there is every chance.

“But the way I see it going, there is no chance.”

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