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Gresini Honda out to build on improving form

After a strong race outing at Mugello, Simoncelli and Melandri look to make further progress at Silverstone
Marco Simoncelli is hoping Honda's recent upturn in form at Mugello will begin to filter down to the San Carlo Gresini team as it prepares for the busy mid-summer MotoGP stint.

The factory Repsol Honda team overturned FIAT Yamaha's dominance in the opening three rounds last time out at Mugello by finishing first and third.

With satellite riders Simoncelli, Marco Melandri and Randy de Puniet all comfortably inside the top ten in Italy too, it was a positive day for the Japanese manufacturer.

The upcoming British Grand Prix, however, heralds new challenges for Simoncelli and team-mate Melandri as they prepare to compete at Silverstone for the first time. Despite this, Simoncelli is confident the RC212V will be a reckoned force over the weekend.

"To be honest I really liked Donington so I'm disappointed we don't get to race there anymore although I am looking forward to going to Silverstone, a circuit I don't know, and seeing how we get on. I haven't even seen Silverstone on a videogame so it is completely new to me.

I go there in good spirits though because we made a significant improvement at Mugello and I want to continue in the same way. I feel confident and eager to have a similar race to Mugello, except this time without mistakes and with a top five or six finish at the end of it - that would be great!

“I was satisfied with my race in Italy but I know that my pace was fast enough to be in the group fighting for fourth place. We have taken a positive step forward and it is also good to see Honda winning again because it shows how well they are working in Japan and hopefully some of that will pass on to us."

Fresh from a season's best fifth place in Italy – one that lifted him to seventh in the overall standings -, Melandri is confident of making further progress at Silverstone.

"Silverstone will be an interesting race because it's a new track for everybody so we'll have to see what happens. Also, nobody ever knows what will happen with the weather in England.

The last couple of races have been positive for me despite some difficulties during practice so I hope we can make a solid start on Friday and make progress throughout the weekend.

I was really happy after the race at Mugello because I had a good fight with Stoner and De Puniet although if I'd have qualified two rows further forward the result would have been even better. Now the goal is to improve on that."

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DC - Unregistered

June 16, 2010 1:22 AM

@crasher I guess it's a good thing they don't decide Rookie of the Year with 22% of the racing complete then and actually wait until the last race of the year. Fact is Simoncelli hasn't shown ANYTHING yet. Spies is routinely faster than Marco at tracks he's never seen before. God help him when they arrive at a track Ben knows really well.

fan - Unregistered

June 15, 2010 11:18 PM

Crasher, If by a butt kicking you mean Marco walked away 8 points down from Spies for the Imola round you are correct, he kicked his butt. (Spies totaled 24 points, Marco 16) If by butt kicking you mean crashing out in fashionable style in the first race you are correct, Marco kicked his butt. If by butt kicking you mean making a banzi dive into your teammate forcing him wide, subsequently forcing said teammate into Spies and pushing him into the kitty litter, than you are correct. Hookem, Ben didn't win the first round, he placed fourth. It was a tough weekend for Spies.

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