Simoncelli 'not talking' with old rivals
13 January 2010 – Marco Simoncelli has stressed that, under no uncertain terms, will he be seen talking with former 250cc sparring partners Álvaro Bautista and Hector Barberá as the trio move up to the MotoGP class this year. Having come to blows several times during the past two seasons, the Italian is also annoyed at the decisions of race stewards.
With Simoncelli moving up from 250cc (now Moto2) to MotoGP's premier tier with Gresini for 2010, Bautista will be present with the factory Suzuki team whereas Barberá will ride the only bike of the Aspar satellite squad.
"After confirming which kind of hypocrites Bautista and Barberá are, I have decided that I won't be speaking to them anymore," Simoncelli said firmly to Motosprint. "I don't want to have anything to do with them anymore, also considering we explain things in different ways. They are strong riders but as people they aren't worth much.
"Some riders, like them, always complain. All the fuss against me started from them, after which the race stewards gave them a big hand; I race everyone in the same way, so it's unbelievable that there were problems with only them. I happen to make contact with many riders, but with them - especially Bautista - it's always a big commotion. In 2009, he gave me the impression of being somebody who looks for excuses. As for Barberá, he ran into me at Assen before saying that he had to because I wouldn't let him through...like that was my fault!"
A frustrated Marco added that the stewards should deliberate in a more neutral manner. "The stewards, by always judging in favour of Bautista and Barberá, have contributed to creating this ugly and hostile environment, which shouldn't be there," Simoncelli continued. "They (the two Spanish riders) have begun taking advantage of a situation which has swung in their favour."