Marco Simoncelli heads for home Italian Grand prix at Mugello this weekend under greater pressure than ever to claim a first podium finish and relieve the growing weight on his shoulders.

A top-two qualifier at the last five races, including two poles, the Italian has crashed and/or collided with another rider in five of the seven races this season.

The first collision, which resulted in a broken collarbone for Dani Pedrosa at Le Mans, saw Simoncelli stay on two-wheels but receive a ride-through penalty.

Last Saturday's Assen accident - which occurred when Simoncelli was caught-out by a cold tyre at the first left hand turn on the circuit - resulted in reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo being brought down with him.

Simoncelli, who rejoined to finish ninth, considers the Assen mistake to have been his biggest of the year.

"My first reaction when I came into the box after the race, as well as bitterness and disappointment, was that I had been a fool because I could have waited," said 'Super Sic'. "I made a mistake and it cost me dearly as well as involuntarily taking Lorenzo down too.

"I was sorry for him but more than that I am was for myself because I had thrown away a big opportunity. It was probably my biggest mistake of the season, I have reflected a lot on it and it will help me to grow."

Simoncelli's San Carlo Honda Gresini Team has also reflected on the accident, and feels that they also contributed indirectly to the incident due to ' confusion on the grid over which setting to opt for - wet or dry - which unsettled Marco'.

Team manager and former racer Fausto Gresini also considers Simoncelli accident to have been his first mistake of the season.

"Marco made a mistake, maybe his first one of the season, but as a team we are all responsible because we didn't create the right mindset for him on the starting grid," explained Gresini.

"We made a lot of changes to the bike and that certainly didn't help to create an air of calm. It is a mistake we won't make again and it forms part of the experience for all of us."

Unlike Catalunya, the round after the Pedrosa accident, Simoncelli is sure to receive a warm welcome from the Mugello fans and is eager to repay the faith shown in him with a strong result on Sunday.

"I just want to look ahead to Mugello with calmness and motivation," he said. "Everybody is expecting big things from me and I have to repay that faith with a positive result that will put recent history firmly behind us.

"I am fast, I have found a perfect feeling with the bike and I am extremely determined to prove it in a race. There will be a lot of fans packed around the hills of Mugello and I don't want to, and cannot afford to, disappoint them.

"I love the track, it is one of my favourites and I won my first race here in 2008 in 250 before finishing second to Pasini in a great battle in 2009. I can't wait to get back on track!"