Marco Simoncelli feels he can strive for victory in the Malaysian Grand Prix after peaking with a new personal best of second place last time out in Australia.
The Gresini Honda rider notched up his second podium finish of the season with his run to second at Phillip Island, Simoncelli prevailing in a tussle with fellow Honda rival – and arch rival – Andrea Dovizioso.
Looking ahead to Sepang, Simoncelli believes he now has to look at going one better, starting with the Malaysian Grand Prix, where he was quick during pre-season testing.
“I left Phillip Island, a circuit and place I really love, feeling very happy. I had another good Grand Prix and finished second after another wonderful battle with Dovizioso, which gave me a lot of satisfaction. I had been second for the whole race so to see Andrea standing on the second step of the podium would have been hard to take.
“I celebrated it with my team in Pino's restaurant with the lovely owner Rosa, a Phillip Island legend, but I already had my mind on Malaysia. I never managed to win at Sepang in 250 but I was on the podium there for my last two seasons in the intermediate class and in testing there last winter I was really on the pace, so I am sure I can do a good job this weekend.
“There is no reason why we can't be fighting for the podium and it would be great to be up there again. The top step would be even better of course and that is what we will be striving for in the Malaysian Grand Prix.”
Simoncelli's second place lifted him to sixth in the standings, ahead of Valentino Rossi, and he is just 17 points adrift of fifth place man Ben Spies, who is still a doubt for the Malaysian race.