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Gresini team sets its marker on first day

Gresini team sets its marker on first day

The San Carlo Honda Gresini team pairing of Marco Melandri and Marco Simoncelli had their first contact with the 2010 RC212V at Sepang on Thursday.

After a difficult start to their first day aboard the 2010 version of the RC212V, San Carlo Honda Gresini’s all-Italian line-up of Marco Melandri and Marco Simoncelli were pleased to have completed their first laps on the new prototype.

The pair spent most of the first of two days testing at the Sepang circuit on finding their respective set-ups, as well as focusing on the power and traction combination of each machine. With an air temperature of 32°C both riders were tired by the close of the day, but are looking forward to returning on Friday for further work.

“It hasn't gone at all bad today, nor has it been brilliant, but as far as first days go I'm quite satisfied,” explained MotoGP rookie Simoncelli, who totalled 54 laps and clocked a best time of 2’03.563. “We tested several things to try and work out which direction to go in, and now we need to look at what we have found. I’m sure that by analysing the data we’ll be able to put the pieces together and to work in the right direction tomorrow.”

He continued: “I also need to understand this bike a bit more to give the right kind of feedback. With the 250 it was easier to get results after just a few modifications but with the MotoGP bike it’s harder to find the right settings. One positive thing is that compared to the bike I tested previously the rear traction has improved, but it’s a bit harder for me on the front because I’m finding it tough to work out its limits. In any case, I’m confident about tomorrow and am sure that we will do much better.”

Team-mate and seasoned MotoGP campaigner Melandri stated: “Today was difficult for us and I think the only reason is that we lost a lot of time by starting off with a completely wrong setting. We worked all day in one direction and things were just getting worse, however as we worked our way backwards we realised that we were going completely the wrong way. Unfortunately when we finally started to work in another direction it began to rain so I was only able to do a single lap, but the feeling was instantly better.”

Melandri, who managed 50 laps and a best turn of 2’03.609, added: “On a positive note we haven’t used too many tyres today so we’ll have more to use tomorrow, as well as a much clearer idea of which way we need to work. At the end of the day I’m satisfied. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, the bike is quite different from the one we tested at Valencia last year, and I continued in the way we had with the bike at that test, but it’s clear we need to go another way. It’s a shame to have lost time, but we’ll make it up tomorrow.”

MotoGP, 2010, Marco Simoncelli, Marco Melandri, San Carlo Honda Gresini

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