Marco Simoncelli has expressed a determination to bring in a 'result' at the Dutch TT following a series of strong performances that aren't reflected by his points' tally.
The Italian has regularly featured amongst the front runners this season and has started on the front at the previous four grands prix. However, Simoncelli is yet to crack the top four and crashed out of a potential podium finish last time out at Silverstone.
Admitting to taking a couple of days to get over his disappointment, the Gresini Honda rider is nonetheless focused on getting that elusive maiden podium.
“I spent two or three days with my head down after Silverstone before I started to get over the disappointment. That torrid day in England is now firmly behind me though and I am looking forward to Assen with the sole objective of continuing to work in exactly the same way that we have done in recent Grands Prix but this time following it up with a result on race day.
“We are on the right lines and we remain confident that the results will come. I like the Assen circuit even though I have to say the old layout was more interesting. Anyway, apart from the twisty first sections it is still one of my favourite circuits so I am sure I can be running up front again this weekend.”
Though Simoncelli has been regarded as a podium challenger this season, he is currently only classified 11th in the overall standings.