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Mixed emotions for Gresini pair ahead of Portugal

Marco Simoncelli hails the good feeling he has on his Gresini Honda - the complete opposite to the impression his team-mate Marco Melandri is getting.
Gresini Honda head to the penultimate round of the 2010 MotoGP World Championship with its two riders expressing different emotions as Marco Simoncelli looks to build on a recent run of good form and Marco Melandri hoping to find some breakthrough on the bike.

A run of four strong top ten finishes have seen Simoncelli move clear in the battle to be classified as the top 250GP graduate, the former quarter-litre champion now a solid eighth overall in the standings.

Even so, the Italian is yet to break into the top five, a target he has set himself for the next race at Estoril.

"I was really satisfied with the race at Phillip Island but I want to see my performances reflected in numbers. It was a nice race in Australia but it was still a sixth place in the end so I need to work on my consistency. It won't be easy but that is what I will be trying to do alongside the team.

“After Phillip Island I had a 'bonus trip' to Japan for another visit to the wind tunnel. Honda are looking at using a new cowling so that I can tuck my oversize frame in.

“As soon as I got home to Italy I started thinking about Estoril, a circuit I like a lot. I won there last year and finished second in 2008 and it seems to be a place that suits my riding style so if we can find a good feeling with the bike I'm sure I can have another good race."

With just two races remaining before he embarks on a switch to World Superbikes with Yamaha, Melandri is simply looking to establish some 'feel' on the RC212V.

"At Phillip Island we were dancing to the same old tune. I can't get a feel for the bike so it's hard for me to ride. It is a tough situation but I have not lost hope and at Estoril I will try again although I think we need a miracle. We'll see but I would love to finish the season with a good result."

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Yamaha-Blue - Unregistered

October 27, 2010 10:50 PM

Elbowz has trounced Simoncelli well and truly I thought it would have been a two way battle for rookie of the year but it turned out to be one way how may times has Marco got the better of Ben Sachensring and a mistake from Spies in Japan mind you #58 made one himself at Catalunya when he crashed while ahead of #11.

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