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Constant improvements please Simoncelli

Constant improvements please Simoncelli

A first top-10 premier class result and ninth in the overall standings are signs of advancement for the rookie San Carlo Honda Gresini rider.

Marco Simoncelli continues to adapt to the 800cc Honda RC212V machine he is riding in his debut season in the premier class of MotoGP, and the former 250cc World Champion achieved his best result of the season so far at Le Mans over the weekend.

Simoncelli started from 13th position on the grid for the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France, his best qualifying to date in 2010, and finished the third round race in 10th place as he displayed further signs of getting to grips with a bike he initially struggled to master in pre-season.

Simoncelli was involved in a battle with Héctor Barberá, Aleix Espargaró and Colin Edwards to finish inside the top eight, and despite just missing out he was pleased with what was a good sign of his progress after just a trio of races.

“Unfortunately I lost two positions in the last two laps, so I’m a little bit disappointed by this, but I think I had quite a good race,” said Simoncelli. “I do have to improve my riding style and we have to work on the set-up of the bike, but today I gave everything and I fought with Edwards, Barberá and Espargaró throughout the race. In the end they overtook me.”

“It is important at this stage for me to finish races and I managed that today even though I wasn’t as fast as I’d hoped, so that’s a positive thing. Now we’ll assess things and try to do better at Mugello,” added Simoncelli, who had finished his first two races of the season in 11th place.

MotoGP, 2010, MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Marco Simoncelli, San Carlo Honda Gresini

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