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Upbeat Gresini duo prepared for France

Upbeat Gresini duo prepared for France

Marco Melandri and Marco Simoncelli head to Le Mans full of optimism for the third round of the 2010 campaign.

After another three-week break between races San Carlo Honda Gresini riders Marco Melandri and Marco Simoncelli are both itching to get back on track at Le Mans. Eighth and 11th positions respectively in the last race at Jerez and the day of testing that followed the GP have given the pair plenty to be excited by ahead of the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France this weekend.

"Things are looking much more optimistic after the last race at Jerez and I was happy with the Test we did there on the Monday. I think my feeling with the Honda RC212V is much better compared to the first two races and we are starting to learn about the things we need to change to improve it,” said Melandri. “We’re heading to some circuits where we have no winter testing data so it will be more difficult for everybody to find a set-up. You also have to consider that the weather can be decisive at Le Mans so it is important to find a race setting as quickly as possible in practice.”

Melandri has been on the podium three times in the past four seasons at Le Mans, which includes second place last year. He continued: “Le Mans is traditionally my strongest circuit in MotoGP - I won there in 2006, I was on the podium in 2007 and 2009 and only just missed out in 2005 so I have lots of good memories of France. Naturally I’m not going to Le Mans feeling totally convinced we will come away with a great result but I feel confident that I can put up a fight, like I did at Jerez, but this time be higher up the order."

In his debut season in the premier class Simoncelli heads to a track at which he has a fine record in the former 250cc category, and is also pleased with the developments made on his bike during the Jerez weekend.

"I’m confident after the work we did at Jerez, especially the Test because we improved a lot under braking and that will be decisive at Le Mans. I can’t wait to go racing again and I head to France in high spirits and hopeful of improving on my race from Jerez. Maybe with a little more determination I could have finished seventh and if I could make that my objective at Le Mans it wouldn’t be bad,” he declared.

“Le Mans isn’t one of my favourite circuits but I always seem to have done well there, including one of my best results of the 2007 season, a second place in 2008 and a victory last year (all in the 250cc class), so I am confident. You never know what will happen with the weather but with the new track surface it should be less of a concern."

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MotoGP, 2010, MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Marco Simoncelli, Marco Melandri, San Carlo Honda Gresini

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