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"Surreal atmosphere" in the San Carlo Gresini box

'Surreal atmosphere' in the San Carlo Gresini box

The first day of practice at the Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana, the first without Simoncelli, was a very sad and surreal one in the Team San Carlo Honda Gresini garage.

Marco Simoncelli has left a gaping hole behind him and the feeling of sadness was tangible today. Hiroshi Aoyama is desperate to honour his team-mate in the best way possible but he struggled for grip today on a slippery track surface and eventually crashed at the end of this afternoon's wet session.

Hiroshi Aoyama:

"The conditions made life hard today and I had a crash. The grip levels weren't the best and even though I tried to find the limit it was very hard and I am not happy with the result. I hope I can be faster tomorrow and on Sunday. This is an important Grand Prix for me because it is my last in MotoGP and I am desperate to have a good race to honour Marco, who we are all missing greatly. I will try to do my best for all these reasons.”

MotoGP, 2011, GRAN PREMIO GENERALI DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, Hiroshi Aoyama, San Carlo Honda Gresini

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