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Melandri and Simoncelli ready to prove progress

Melandri and Simoncelli ready to prove progress

The home GP of the San Carlo Honda Gresini Team at Mugello has both riders excited at the prospect of continuing their steady improvement in results.

Team San Carlo Honda Gresini are heading to their home race, the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM, with a renewed sense of belief after riders Marco Melandri and Marco Simoncelli both secured their best results of the season to date at the last round.

Melandri reported a vastly improved feeling on his RC212V machine at Le Mans as he rode to an impressive sixth place, and stated: "I am happy to be going to Mugello with a more positive mentality than recent races. I had a good race at Le Mans and now I am sure we have the right base to start with at Mugello and can continue to work well.”

A best premier class result at Mugello of fourth for Melandri came in 2005 with the Gresini set-up, and the Italian is excited about building on his steadily improving results at his home GP.

“I love this circuit and your home Grand Prix is always a special occasion. I am feeling positive and looking forward to racing at a circuit I like, with its changes in pace and fast corners and all the fans banked around the circuit - it is a unique and fantastic place," he added.

On the other side of the Gresini box Simoncelli is also bidding to continue his progression in front of his home crowd. The former 250cc World Champion, who won the quarter-litre Mugello race in his title year of 2008, took his first top-ten MotoGP finish at Le Mans and is now eager to up his race pace in Italy.

"We made a few changes to the bike in France after the warm-up but in the race they didn‘t seem to work. It was a shame because I‘m sure I could have made up a few more positions but I‘m thinking positively and looking forward to being even faster this Sunday,” said the premier class rookie.

“I have always liked Mugello a lot - I won there in 2008 and last year in the rain I had a close battle with Mattia Pasini but unfortunately lost out at the line. Seeing all the people on the banks gives you an extra boost to do well.”

MotoGP, 2010, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA TIM, Marco Simoncelli, Marco Melandri, San Carlo Honda Gresini

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