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Jump start hurts Simoncelli’s podium chance

Jump start hurts Simoncelli’s podium chance

Marco Simoncelli was penalised with a ride through after jumping the start at Motegi on Sunday, costing him the chance to fight for the podium at the Grand Prix of Japan.

The opportunity slipped by although Simoncelli made a stunning charge back up to finish in fourth place. Hiroshi Aoyama's hopes of a good performance in his home Grand Prix were dashed with an inconsistent performance and a disappointing ninth place finish.

Marco Simoncelli:
“I made a stupid mistake on the start line. The red light was slow to go out and out of the corner of my eye I saw Dovizioso move and let the clutch out just a tiny bit but enough to be given a ride-through penalty. You can't afford to make this kind of error. I am angry with myself and kicking myself especially after the race I put together following the penalty. Today could have been a great day for us, the podium was there for the taking and maybe even more than that. I had great fun on the last few laps with Dovizioso though – yet another battle between us – and I am happy to have beaten him. It was great!“

Hiroshi Aoyama:
“It was a difficult race. Unfortunately I didn't have the grip to push as I wanted. Yesterday was much better and I am struggling to explain why it didn't happen today. It is very strange but the change in track temperature definitely didn't help because I am struggling for confidence in the front as it is. We will make up for it in the next race.”

San Carlo Honda Gresini press release.

MotoGP, 2011, GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Hiroshi Aoyama, Marco Simoncelli, San Carlo Honda Gresini

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