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Melandri hails “step forward”

Melandri hails “step forward”

The San Carlo Honda Gresini rider was delighted with the progress made on his bike to take eighth place at Jerez, with team-mate Marco Simoncelli placing 11th.

The Gran Premio bwin de España at Jerez saw improvements for Team San Carlo Honda Gresini. After a difficult opening race in Qatar, the second round of the 2010 season was positive in all respects for riders Marco Melandri and Marco Simoncelli - and for the team behind the preparation of their Honda RC212V bikes.

Melandri suffered in the opening part of the race, despite an excellent start. He came in eighth after a tough battle, which also included his team-mate. Simoncelli took a step forward in his rookie season with another 11th place, learning how to fight with a MotoGP bike and experiencing an altogether more pleasing race than his debut in Qatar.

Marco Melandri - 8th:

"That was definitely better than Qatar, but I’m not very happy with the first part of the race. It was hard to ride. I made a good start but I didn’t feel comfortable riding, when I hit the brakes the bike was very unstable. It got better as the race went on, but my engine mapping lost me some power. In any case, I had a good fight with Kallio and tried to get past him for seventh at the end, but he had more acceleration and I couldn’t make it up on the brakes. I feel that we have made a step forward, and we will continue working in order to get in even better shape."

Marco Simoncelli - 11th:

"Let’s say that this 11th place leaves a completely different taste in the mouth to Qatar. I had a good start and moved up places, fighting with Melandri, Kallio, Edwards, Spies, De Puniet and Bautista. Unfortunately in the end I was only able to finish ahead of one of those riders. But it was a good race and I was still very fast at the end; I even felt that at seven laps from the flag I was a bit stronger than the rest of the group. But when my bike started to slide the other riders upped their pace. It’s another 11th place, but a more positive one."

Press release courtesy of San Carlo Honda Gresini

MotoGP, 2010, GRAN PREMIO bwin DE ESPAÑA, Marco Simoncelli, Marco Melandri, San Carlo Honda Gresini

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