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Simoncelli claims his podium

“Finally, finally, finally we are on the podium!" – Fausto Gresini.
After numerous near misses, Marco Simoncelli finally stood on a MotoGP podium for the first time in Sunday's Czech Republic Grand Prix.

The San Carlo Honda Gresini rider, a front-row starter six times this season but faller in five races and penalised in another, moved into the coveted top three by overtaking world champion Jorge Lorenzo at the halfway stage of the Brno race.

Simoncelli remained in close contact with fellow Italian Andrea Dovizioso throughout, although he admitted - after such a tumultuous season - he was more than content to settle for third.

But that didn't mean he could relax - Lorenzo put on a late spurt and the #58 claimed the final podium place by less than a second at the chequered flag.

Simoncelli becomes the first non-factory team rider to take a 'dry' podium this year, after a third place by Tech 3's Colin Edwards in the soaking wet British MotoGP. Simoncelli rides a full factory Honda for the satellite Gresini team.

“I am really happy," smiled Simoncelli, a former 250cc world champion. "I have been very strong this year but it has been tough because we have had some difficult situations to deal with.

"Me and the team have never lost our faith though and finally the result has come so I want to thank all of them, as well as Honda and anybody else who has maintained their belief in me.

"On the last lap today I just wanted it to be over and nothing bad to happen and thankfully it all worked out. I am really delighted.

"I didn't make a great start and had to pass Valentino, who fought back for three corners and I have the tyre marks on my leathers to prove it! It was a nice battle even though it was short.

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August 15, 2011 12:21 PM

One 3rd place podium in 11 races.Not exactly what Honda were hoping for from Marco at this point in the season.He has the skill,no doubt about it,He has the speed too,bt speed is nothing without control.Maybe now that he has had a taste of the podium champaigne,it may make him start to use his head more and calm down.We will see what the rest of the season brings. RejectRonnie,will you please stop posting your nonsense.Registered or unregistered,you are getting on everyones bloody nerves!

1 lap down with Ellias. - Unregistered

August 15, 2011 4:53 PM

The way Bob was stalking Dovi yesterday was refreshing to see, checking the left, checking the right , and as Julian Ryder said “ through the middle if necessary ”.... The sport needs characters like Sideshow, it makes racing more interesting that just a 'normal' alien Sunday... It's why Hopper's doing so good in BSB, the guy doesn't know where it's best to make a move, he just does it! Bayliss did the same when he turned-up to race in the UK too. The sport NEEDS some characters, even Pedrobot has started saying 'we' when asked about his performance like theirs more than 1 of him riding the bike.

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