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Laguna Seca letdown for Simoncelli

Laguna Seca letdown for Simoncelli

A crash in the USGP brought an early end to an otherwise promising weekend for Marco Simoncelli at Laguna Seca, while Hiroshi Aoyama had a top ten finish.

Unfortunately the Italian rider lost front grip in turn eight at the Californian circuit and paid a heavy price. The Team San Carlo Honda Gresini rider is disappointed not to continue his run of points finishes and heads for his summer holidays with a bitter taste in his mouth. His team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama crossed the line in tenth place - not an outstanding result but an important one as the Japanese rider continues to recover confidence with his bike.

Marco Simoncelli:
“I am really disappointed. I don't know whether I would have caught Pedrosa if I'd stayed in the race, it's impossible to say, but I could have definitely had a battle with Dovizioso and Spies so it's a real shame. We had worked so well and managed to improve from session to session but I realised early in the race that the front was giving me more trouble than it had in practice. It closed in turn seven on the first lap, which is a strange place for it to go, and then again two laps later in turn eight. All we can do right now is dust ourselves down and head to Brno looking to do our best again.”

Hiroshi Aoyama:
“Starting from 14th place is never easy so I had to make a few passes before I could get into my true rhythm. I am partly satisfied to have finished tenth but it was a tough race because I am still not physically fit. My intention was to make it to the end and I am happy I did that because this was my first race here at Laguna. Now we have a short break and I hope I can come back stronger in the next race at Brno, ready to fight for a good result.”

Team San Carlo Honda Gresini press release

MotoGP, 2011, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX, Marco Simoncelli, Hiroshi Aoyama, San Carlo Honda Gresini

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