MotoGP rookie Marco Simoncelli is hoping that braking progress made during the one day test after round two at Jerez will help him at the stop-go Le Mans circuit this weekend.

"I'm confident after the work we did at Jerez, especially the test because we improved a lot under braking and that will be decisive at Le Mans," said the San Carlo Honda Gresini rider, who has finished eleventh in his first two MotoGP races.

"I can't wait to go racing again and I head to France in high spirits and hopeful of improving on my race from Jerez. I had fun in Spain and even though I would have obviously preferred to finish at the front of the group I was fighting with it was a great battle.

"Maybe with a little more determination I could have finished seventh and if I could make that my objective at Le Mans it wouldn't be bad.

"It isn't one of my favourite circuits but I always seem to have done well at Le Mans, including one of my best results of the 2007 season, a second place in 2008 and a victory last year, so I am confident.

"You never know what will happen with the weather but with the new track surface it should be less of a concern."

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