Catalunyan GP: Gresini Racing Friday report

POSITIVE FIRST DAY FOR TEAM SAN CARLO HONDA GRESINI Marco Simoncelli worked relentlessly in the torrid heat of Montmelo today to find a good set-up for his Honda RC212V, which features a modified chassis provided by Honda. The Italian is still...

POSITIVE FIRST DAY FOR TEAM SAN CARLO HONDA GRESINI

Marco Simoncelli worked relentlessly in the torrid heat of Montmelo today to find a good set-up for his Honda RC212V, which features a modified chassis provided by Honda. The Italian is still some way off finding the ideal feeling for it but has some clear ideas about how to improve tomorrow. There was a positive and welcome return to the track for his team-mate Marco Melandri following his crash at Assen one week ago. The Italian started out tentatively as he checked his physical condition before working on the set-up of the bike.

Marco Simoncelli (10th 1' 44" 634) "That wasn't bad but it could have been much better. I still haven't found a good feeling with the bike and I have a few problems with the front on entry and rear grip on exit. Overall I am confident even though I know we have a lot of work to do tomorrow. There isn't one particular point on the track where I am struggling -- there are a few areas where we've having those entry and exit issues, so if we can make general improvements to the stability of the bike under braking and find some more grip on the rear then I think we can take a big step forward."

Marco Melandri (14th 1' 44" 806) "From a physical point of view I feel quite good. I tried to get a feel for how strong I was over a couple of laps and the shoulder reacted well -- the pain was bearable even though I was pretty tired by the end of the session. I am satisfied with it even though I'm struggling a little through the direction changes, which is where my sternum is a problem too. We'll see tomorrow when I get up how stiff I am. Anyway, another day on the bike tomorrow will help me as we try to improve ahead of the upcoming races. The bike isn't bad, we've got a good base set-up but now the most important thing is how I feel on it."

Fausto Gresini "Overall today didn't go badly. Simoncelli tried a modified chassis and got a good feeling from it even though he needs to set it up more. He set some good lap times straight away and tomorrow he'll do some more work on refining the set-up, so I am confident about the weekend ahead. I'm happy to see Melandri back -- I honestly thought he'd be in worse shape on the bike. He is quite close to the lap times set by the others even though he's struggling for fitness. Right now he needs to get strong again and we can't ask for any more from him than that, although I'm sure he'll take another step forward tomorrow."

-source: gresini racing

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Marco Melandri , Marco Simoncelli