Catalunyan GP: Gresini Racing race report

BAD LUCK FOR SIMONCELLI AS MELANDRI BRAVES BARCELONA Marco Simoncelli's luck took another bad turn today as the former 250cc World Champion crashed out of what looked set to be his best performance in MotoGP. It was a great shame for 'Super...

BAD LUCK FOR SIMONCELLI AS MELANDRI BRAVES BARCELONA

Marco Simoncelli's luck took another bad turn today as the former 250cc World Champion crashed out of what looked set to be his best performance in MotoGP. It was a great shame for 'Super Sic', who was chasing down the lead group when he lost control of his Honda RC212V. Despite his injuries Marco Melandri also gave his all to run in the mid-pack until he ran out of strength, continuing a lengthy run of misfortune for Team San Carlo Honda Gresini. On the day that would have been the 34th birthday of the team's iconic rider Daijiro Kato, it would have been nice to celebrate with a good result.

Marco Melandri (9th): "That was a tough race -- really tough. The temperature was incredible but the heat was the least of my worries and I was struggling most of all with my condition under braking . I could hardly get the bike stopped in the first corner but my pace was good and I was hopeful of following Spies and Capirossi to the end. Unfortunately I made a couple of mistakes and I started to feel more and more pain. I was practically riding using only the right side of my body and when the front started to lose grip it was hard for me to hold on. I made one last attempt to pass Hayden at the end but I couldn't hold it on the brakes so it was impossible. "

Marco Simoncelli (DNF) "I was on course for the result we had hoped for and thought we were capable of. I knew if I could be consistent I could be up near the front and in fact I was setting low 1'44s. I was catching De Puniet but then I let off the brakes a little too early as I entered the corner and the front folded. What a shame! Today we were capable of finishing fourth and that would have given us a massive boost. We have made progress but it would be nice to just have that extra injection of morale. Now we are even more sure that we have taken big steps forward over the past three races but mistakes can happen. It is my first race crash but we didn't want it! "

Fausto Gresini: "What a shame! What a shame! What a shame! Simoncelli was having a great race -- he had belief in his potential and he was able to chase De Puniet, who is in great form at the moment. Unfortunately it was ruined by a crash and I feel sorry for him and for the team. Melandri did the best job he could and for a while there it looked like he was going to get us a result that looked impossible considering the shape he came to Barcelona in but in the end he was destroyed and he lost his rhythm - also a shame! We could have been looking back on some great results over the last few races but luck hasn't been on our side. Hopefully things turn for us now and the results start to reflect the quality of our performances."

-source: gresini racing

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Marco Melandri , Marco Simoncelli