MotoGP »

Simoncelli aiming to up pace in Germany

"It was important to get to the end of the race without any dramas and put the misadventures of Silverstone and Assen behind me" - Marco Simoncelli.
Marco Simoncelli made no secret of the fact that he had to finish the Italian Grand Prix and - having done so - he now heads for this weekend's German Grand Prix with increased confidence and motivation.

The San Carlo Honda Gresini rider arrived at his home grand prix having crashed at the previous two races, making a total of four race falls this season.

Simoncelli subsequently rode to a discreet fifth at Mugello - but then underlined his one-lap pace yet again by lapping just 0.096 seconds shy of world championship leader Casey Stoner at the post-race test.

“Mugello was definitely a positive weekend with a positive end result although I wasn't completely satisfied. It was important to get to the end of the race without any dramas and put the misadventures of Silverstone and Assen behind me," he admitted.

"The test on Monday was also positive – we tried some solutions that could help us overcome the problems we had in the race at Mugello, where I seemed to struggle more than the others with a loss of grip due to the increased track temperature. Overall the visit to Mugello has given me confidence and motivation for the next round in Germany.

"Sachsenring is a circuit I like a lot, I have always been fast there in 125 and in 250, in fact I won the 250 races there in 2008 and 2009. Last year I had a good race in MotoGP, battling for fifth place.

"My objective is to do my best along with the team and try to improve on the result from Mugello.”

Team principal Fausto Gresini admitted there was a sense of relief that the all-action Simoncelli reached the flag at Mugello.

“Simoncelli had to finish at Mugello and thankfully he did," said Gresini. "The result wasn't quite what we hoped for the night before after seeing what he had been capable of in practice on Friday and Saturday, but the most important thing for him was to finish the race.

"Unfortunately the high track temperatures meant there was less grip and Marco was unable to push as hard as he would have liked, but to finish was a crucial boost of confidence for him.




Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Simoncelli, Italian MotoGP 2011
Jorge Lorenzo, Mercedes AMG Petronas, Silverstone [Credit: Monster Energy]
Stoner, Crutchlow, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Dovizioso, Stoner, Crutchlow, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Crutchlow, Dovizioso, Stoner, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Crutchlow, Dovizioso, Dall`Igna, Stoner, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Iannone, Marco Rigamonti Valencia MotoGP 2016
Iannone, Marco Rigamonti Valencia MotoGP 2016
Iannone, Marco Rigamonti Valencia MotoGP 2016
Casey Stoner, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Marquez, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Dall’Igna and Stoner
Crutchlow`s crashed Honda, Valencia MotoGP 2016
Stoner, Valencia MotoGP 2016
Iannone, Valencia MotoGP 2016
Marquez, Miller, Crutchlow, Pedrosa`s Hondas,  Valencia MotoGP 2016
Bartholemy, Malaysian MotoGP 2016
Bastianini, Gresini, Japanese Moto3 Race 2016

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.