Despite sinking from his first MotoGP pole to sixth place in Catalunya, Marco Simoncelli continues to believe that his first premier-class rostrum could also be his first race win.

Simoncelli has qualified now lower than second for the past three races - but an accident, ride-through penalty and then an off-day in Catalunya means he is only ninth in the championship, with a best race finish of fifth.

"Obviously after starting from pole position I was a little disappointed to finish sixth in Barcelona, but overall it was a good weekend for us because of the pace and character we showed," said the San Carlo Honda Gresini rider, under immense pressure since the Le Mans incident that left Dani Pedrosa with a broken collarbone.

"The race could have gone better but we have the chance to put that right this weekend at Silverstone. I really enjoyed the track last year, when I took my first big step forward in terms of being competitive in this class.

"Now we go there with a top result as the only goal. I am ready and I can't wait to step out onto a MotoGP podium for the first time. Hopefully it will be onto the top step."

"Barcelona provided us with a mixture of emotions but the overriding one is pride that we have Marco with us because he is going through an extraordinary spell of form," declared team owner Fausto Gresini.

"After two difficult weeks Marco showed his true character in Spain and a podium would have been no less than he deserved, although it will surely come soon - maybe at Silverstone."

After making a mistake in Barcelona that also brought down Randy de Puniet, team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama travels to Silverstone looking to banish memories of the 2010 event.

The Japanese suffered a nasty fall in last year's morning warm-up, which fractured his back and forced him to miss six races.

"After the crash in Barcelona, when I also took out Randy De Puniet through no fault of his own, I go to Silverstone determined to make up for it," he said. "Unfortunately I only have bad memories of the track because it was here last year that I had a crash that ruled me out for six races.

"That is another thing I want to put behind me and the way to do that is by having a good Grand Prix this weekend. We have the potential to do well so we will do our best to pick up as many points as possible and move up in the championship."