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Simoncelli pleased with mammoth Mugello test

"Basically it's been like doing four races today. I'm tired but happy" - Marco Simoncelli.

Marco Simoncelli more than made up for track time lost during his three DNFs this season, by riding for the equivalent of nearly four grands prix during testing at Mugello on Monday.

And the Italian, fifth in Sunday's race, was not just clocking up miles - he set the second fastest time of the test, just 0.096sec slower than fellow factory Honda rider Casey Stoner, on his penultimate lap!

Stoner, the world championship leader, and Simoncelli were the only riders to smash the previously unbeaten 1min 48sec mark, with third fastest Andrea Dovizioso 0.639sec behind Simoncelli.

"I'm exhausted!" said Simoncelli. "We worked hard but it was worth it. It 'been a very important day in the race mainly because yesterday we had some problems with grip on the rear wheel and today we managed to understand how to behave if similar conditions happen. Now we know what direction to take.

"We tried a new swingarm that is better for grip, other details of the shock that have been improved and we also had positive feedback from some changes to the electronics and engine braking for more stability.

"At the end I did not think it was possible to break into the 1min 47sec at Mugello but I did it.

"Basically it's been like doing four races today. I'm tired but happy."

Simoncelli was not alone in making the absolute most of the track time available, with Suzuki's Alvaro Bautista and Pramac Ducati riders Randy de Puniet and Sylvain Guintoli also topping the 80-lap mark on Monday.

Simoncelli, a front row qualifier for the past six rounds, will continue his quest for a debut MotoGP rostrum at the Sachsenring on July 17.

Team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama was ninth fastest at the test.

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opi - Unregistered

July 05, 2011 12:09 PM

@tired you can talk big sitting behind your desk and watching the race from your lounge chair, would love to see how many laps you could do without falling off. you would probably stack it sitting balanced on the stand

tired - Unregistered

July 05, 2011 11:43 AM

marco would be truly exhausted.....its the first race for months that he's finished and done more than a lap. He's usually back at the hotel with his feet up watching the rest of the race.

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