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Gresini team evaluates productive Test

Gresini team evaluates productive Test

Marco Simoncelli and Hiroshi Aoyama both made significant progress at Sepang.

The second Test at the Sepang circuit ended in positive fashion for Team San Carlo Honda Gresini. Determined and consistent, Marco Simoncelli found further confidence with his Honda RC212V, and was in amongst the front group throughout. He finished with an impressive time just four-tenths off the fastest rider Casey Stoner, and more importantly yesterday he rode at a consistently fast race pace. Less than month remains before the first race in Qatar and Simoncelli is increasingly convinced he has made good progress and will be capable of fighting for podium finishes. It was a satisfying Test also for Japanese rider Hiroshi Aoyama, who strung together almost 200 laps over the three days, in his attempts to clarify the technical changes to make before the season begins.

Marco Simoncelli – 3rd:

“I am really happy about the lap time I managed this morning, although we were a bit confused during the race simulation I did. Yesterday with the hard tyre I was able to go very fast, but this afternoon from the off I felt worse and couldn’t lap at the same pace. Anyway, I’m pretty calm because today’s performance was more down to a poor choice of tyre, perhaps I would have been better to go with the softer one like the others and I would have been quick in the race simulation. However I repeat, I’m not at all worried and leave Malaysia very content with the work we’ve done over these three day s and also happy that we get to change tracks now because after six days of tests at Sepang I’m slightly ‘overdone’!”

Hiroshi Aoyama – 9th:

“This test finally comes to an end and it’s been quite a challenge for me. We have worked so hard, and in some parts I’m satisfied and in others not so. The team has really supported me a lot and together we have been able to understand the path to take in terms of technical settings for the season ahead. In the end I’m happy and I can’t wait to get to Qatar for the next test so we can build on the great work we have done here. I’m really happy to be working with these guys and I hope to give them something back in return soon."

San Carlo Honda Gresini press release

MotoGP, 2011, Marco Simoncelli, Hiroshi Aoyama, San Carlo Honda Gresini

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