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Simoncelli: Everything is going well

"Marco has once again demonstrated outstanding potential" – Marco Simoncelli.
Marco Simoncelli made a perfect start to the German MotoGP weekend by leading both of Friday's free practice sessions at the Sachsenring.

Simoncelli - a front row qualifier at the last six events, including two poles - was 0.181sec faster than world championship leader Casey Stoner in the crash-packed morning session.

The #58 then edged out Yamaha's reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo by 0.095sec in the afternoon.

“Everything is going well although I am not totally happy because we have some rear traction problems on the left side that we are struggling to resolve," said Simoncelli, who is still chasing his first MotoGP podium.

"It seems everybody is in the same boat but we will be working mainly on this area tomorrow to try and improve the situation. Our other main aim is to get a clear idea about tyre choice for Sunday's race.

"30 laps is a lot here, especially because there is barely a single straight for you to relax on.”

After a nightmare run of race-day incidents, Simoncelli and San Carlo Honda Gresini know that practice and qualifying form can count for little.

But team manager Fausto Gresini couldn't help but be encouraged by such a perfect start to the ninth round of the year.

"Marco has once again demonstrated outstanding potential," he said. "We have a few small set-up issues to solve tomorrow, but Marco is happy and we know he is constantly trying his best to improve. I am happy with today's performance and confident for the rest of the weekend. ”

Simoncelli's satellite team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama was 15th fastest after his first day on a MotoGP bike in Germany.

”I had never ridden a MotoGP bike at Sachsenring before but I quite like the track," said Aoyama. "Unfortunately I am still in quite a lot of pain from the Assen crash but little by little I am gaining confidence. Grip levels are not high so we will have to try and work in this area as much as possible to make up ground and positions tomorrow. ”

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Maybe - Unregistered

July 15, 2011 7:28 PM

On one hand i want to see him do good, but the realistic side of me is saying that this is the same "fast guy" that lost himself a repeat 250 title, and looks to have carried the same form in to his MotoGP career, only the level is so much higher that he hasn't even been able to nab a podium, let alone be a title contender. 5th alien? those are big claims for someone yet to see a podium in 1.5 years in the top class now. All the other established aliens had at least one win to go along with some podiums by now. I've said it once and I'll say it again, MotoGP will not be nearly as kind to his follies. There is too much talent in this game to be sitting on a factory honda outside of the top 10. If you guys think HRC "understands" this dilemma, you've been blinded by hair.

Realitybites - Unregistered

July 16, 2011 5:50 AM

Simoncelli's results for half-way through his second season in motoGp are pathetic compared to any of the true aliens at the same stage in their second season: he has not even one podium, just two poles. ALL of the true aliens by that time had poles, podiums and WINS to their name. If it weren't for the fact that he is fast and a total attention-***** he'd be in serious danger of no contract for next year based on his results. He's a mid-pack racer, unreliable, and a one-lap flash harry with a bully-boy attitude. Hair today and gone tomorrow.

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