Marco Simoncelli will look to pick up where he left off at Motorland Aragon after earning bragging rights over his rivals Andrea Dovizioso and Ben Spies in an entertaining last lap scrap for fourth at Misano.
The Italian secured one of his best-ever MotoGP results on home soil after fending off the attacks of both Dovizioso and Spies in the final stages for fourth, the Gresini rider's performance coming at a crucial time as Honda decide whether to grant him a factory-specification Honda for 2012.
Nonetheless, while Simoncelli was delighted with the result, he says he wants to get back to the speed that had him contending for podiums earlier in the year, particularly now that he has calmed his temperament and established some consistency since a series of high-profile misdemeanours.
“The last lap at Misano was a wonderful moment for me – I had great fun battling with Dovizioso and Spies, passing each other two or three times, and to have won that particular fight was great for me and my fans.
“Now we have to keep this momentum going and make sure we have more to shout about before the end of the season. We are improving and I have been more consistent in recent races but even though the race was exciting at Misano we really need to be fighting for the podium positions.
“Aragon didn't go badly for me last year and I like the track so hopefully I can have a good race. We need to find a bit more pace in practice so that we can be challenging for better grid positions, like we were at the start of the season. It goes without saying that my feeling with the team is brilliant and that is just further motivation to fight for good results.”
Despite a number of impressive showings this year, particularly in qualifying, Simoncelli si still only eighth in the overall standings.