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Simoncelli working on braking.

Marco Simoncelli finished his first test as a MotoGP rider tenth out of twelve at Valencia on Wednesday and second fastest of the four 250cc graduates.

The San Carlo Honda Gresini rider set a best lap time 1.9sec from the top, 0.9sec behind experienced team-mate Marco Melandri and 0.069sec behind Hector Barbera, who proved to be the quickest of the ex-quarter-litre riders.

“Even if today I was a bit tired I had fun and the feeling improved,” said Simoncelli. “Also the rhythm was not bad so I'm happy. The confidence with the bike grows lap by lap even if I still don't feel the machine very well as I struggle in braking in the first part of the turn and so I cannot exit fast.

“So at the moment the main issue remains the braking.

“All in all the balance of these three days is positive, I worked well with the Honda technicians. They are very cooperative. We share the same target and it's nice to work like this. Now that the rookies test have been confirmed I look forward to knowing when the next test will be,” added Simoncelli, referring to the extra rookie test now planned for Sepang in December.


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Digby - Unregistered

November 11, 2009 5:56 PM

Interesting that all the 250cc riders that have been promoted are at the bottom of the Valencia testing timing sheets and "gaining in confidence" and yet Spies -- fresh off a superbike which is supposedly a much more difficult transition to make -- is instantly a front-running contender. I thought the 800 MotoGP bikes were supposed to suit the 250cc riding style better? ...or perhaps Spies is just way more talented than we can imagine?

FZ1 - Unregistered

November 12, 2009 1:35 PM

Why try to figure out a reason to justify why Spies is doing so well? The guy has excelled on everything he's ridden...Yosh superbike, 3 championships in a row, 2 seasons ago he doubled with a superbike championship and a superstock championship on the GSXR. Switches bikes, championships sand tires, and still stomped the best superbike riders in the world his first time out. Does a motoGP race on a new bike he's never ridden...... I think every rider in the paddock would like to know why the hell he's so fast on everything he rides. If he put his mind to it he'd stomp the 250 class. Eddie Lawson did the same thing. Some riders are just exceptional.



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