Simoncelli hoping to turn the page at Barcelona

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

The San Carlo Honda Gresini rider is keen to put the events of the Le Mans round firmly behind him as he prepares for this weekend’s Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya.

Marco Simoncelli is eager to get this weekend’s Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya underway following the previous round’s events at Le Mans, and the Italian says he has had plenty of time to reflect on the French GP.

Simoncelli was given a Ride Through penalty for a move on Dani Pedrosa which resulted in a crash and broken collarbone for the Spaniard, and Simoncelli will meet with Race Direction this weekend to further discuss the incident.

“I have had time over the two-week break to think about the race at Le Mans,” said Simoncelli as he prepares to race at a track at which he has previously tasted victory in the 250cc class. “I am still disappointed with what happened to Dani and I hope that he has recovered from his injury in time for this weekend. I am also disappointed because Honda were unable to celebrate having four bikes in the top four positions at the French Grand Prix.”

“Overall on reflection I have realised where I have gone wrong and in the future I will try at certain times to evaluate the situation better and be a little more cautious. I know that I'm probably not going to get a standing ovation at Barcelona but I hope that if I am criticised it is done in a civilised manner and not in the way that has happened in other sports in the past. In any case I just want to put the controversy behind me and get out there on my bike and start working towards a race that I am sure the team and I have the potential to do well in.”

Team Boss Fausto Gresini added: “It won't be an easy weekend in Barcelona after the French Grand Prix but Marco has to maintain a calm approach because he knows he can be strong and do well at this track. He must stay relaxed, together with the team and the people around him, who can really help him through a difficult time. Marco is strong, determined and confident of having a top race so he just has to stick with his team and look calmly towards the future.”

On the other side of the Gresini garage Hiroshi Aoyama, who stood on the podium at Catalunya in his 250cc title-winning 2009 campaign, is confident he can continue what has been a consistent start to the 2011 season.

“I am still pretty satisfied with the way my season has started. I have been solid and consistent and we have picked up important points. Now in Barcelona I want to kickstart the next phase of my MotoGP development,” said the Japanese rider.

“I am determined to be more decisive during practice and make sure of a good grid position so that I don't have to make up ground in the races, as I have done so far. I know that with the help of my team and the feeling I have already established with my bike I can do it. Barcelona is a circuit I like so hopefully we can meet our objectives.”

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