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Simoncelli "100% happy" with Sepang experience

Simoncelli '100% happy' with Sepang experience

The Italian was the fastest rider across all three days at the first official Test of 2011.

Team San Carlo Honda Gresini rider Marco Simoncelli confirmed his outstanding recent form with a stunning performance on the third and final day of testing in Malaysia on Thursday. The Italian had already made a strong start on the opening day and improved throughout Wednesday, and was then consistent throughout a race simulation today which also proved positive. Hiroshi Aoyama also enjoyed an encouraging final day, building up his own self-confidence and the rapport with his new team.

Marco Simoncelli, 1st, 2’00.757 (42 laps):

"I am really happy today. In the test at Valencia we realised that the new bike had potential and I already had a good feeling with it. Taking into account that this is not one of my favourite circuits we have still managed to build on our consistency from yesterday and this morning I was able to set an awesome lap. For the rest of the day we focused on a race simulation, setting a consistent pace and by the end of it I wasn't on the limit like I was in the race here. Overall I am 100% happy. The team has worked brilliantly, the changes have integrated well and everything has gone perfectly. We have all improved, starting with myself, the guys and the bike, and I'm sure this year I'll 'be there' too. Obviously this is only the first test so we have to keep our feet on the ground and just continue like this."

Hiroshi Aoyama, 7th, 2’01.353 (63 laps):

"This morning we focused on set-up and we went well, which continued into the afternoon. They have been three useful and important days for us to understand that we can be strong this year. The team is really fantastic and we are already working in harmony. Now we will have a good look at the data and get ready for another important test here at Sepang."

San Carlo Honda Gresini press release

MotoGP, 2011, Hiroshi Aoyama, Marco Simoncelli, San Carlo Honda Gresini

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