After seeing his best weekend as a MotoGP rider end on the opening lap of Sunday's Portuguese Grand Prix, Marco Simoncelli felt 'even amore angry' at the lost opportunity when he was fastest of all in Monday's Estoril test.

Simoncelli had been quickest in two of the practice sessions leading up to the race, for which he had qualified a career-best second, but he lasted just four corners before being caught out by a cold rear-tyre and highsiding spectacularly into the gravel.

It was the San Carlo Honda Gresini rider's second race crash in a row, having fallen from the lead at the previous wet Jerez race. It also means he is still to take a podium finish in the premier-class.

Returning to Estoril - alongside all but two of the MotoGP regulars - for a rare test session, Simoncelli set the pace thanks to a time of 1min 36.211sec, set on the 62nd of his 70 laps.

The Italian tested a new front fork set-up as well as trying the 2012 Bridgestone tyres made available to all riders. Closest to Simoncelli was Yamaha's world champion Jorge Lorenzo, runner-up in the race, who lapped just 0.105sec slower.

"To get back on the bike and complete such a positive test, setting the fastest time, after the disappointment of yesterday actually makes me even more angry," said Simoncelli. "What can I say other than it was important and it would have been much worse to go straight home - at least this way I can do so feeling a little more happy.

"We did a good job today working on the forks and trying the new 2012 version Bridgestone tyres as well as a few other things. It was a positive day and now I can go home happy and looking forward to the next race at Le Mans, where I want to properly get over the disappointment of yesterday."

Team manager Fausto Gresini is also haunted by the race day spill, but was pleased Simoncelli could 'let off some steam'.

"After today's test yesterday was an even bigger shame!" he said. "It has been a really positive day and Marco had to let off some steam.

"He has worked well on some different suspension settings as well as some technical solutions provided by HRC and we are particularly happy. We have also tried some new Bridgestone tyres which were better and the lap times proved that."

Gresini insists his team remains calm, despite Super Sic finishing just one race this season (fifth in round one at Qatar).

"Within the team there is calm in the knowledge that there is a champion working well with us and with Honda, who have provided a very competitive bike," he declared.

Simoncelli's team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama, using a satellite spec bike, was eleventh fastest at the test.

"It hasn't been an easy day because I was particularly tired after the race yesterday but it was a positive test because we were able to try a lot of things that it is really difficult to do over a grand prix weekend," said Aoyama, seventh on Sunday.

"I could maybe have set a faster time but it was important for us to fully understand the changes we made. Anyway, we were still faster than we managed in the grand prix and it seems the 2012 tyres performed well. Overall it has been a positive test in view of the next race."

The French Grand Prix at Le Mans takes place on May 13-15.



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