Italian GP: Gresini Racing preview

Team San Carlo Honda Gresini riders Marco Melandri and Marco Simoncelli make the short trip across Romagna to Mugello this weekend for the first of two home races in 2010. After his sixth place at Le Mans two weeks ago and the improved feeling...

Team San Carlo Honda Gresini riders Marco Melandri and Marco Simoncelli make the short trip across Romagna to Mugello this weekend for the first of two home races in 2010. After his sixth place at Le Mans two weeks ago and the improved feeling with his RC212V, Melandri continues his quest to close the gap to the front at a circuit where he took 250cc victory in 2002 and battled for the podium in 2005 in MotoGP. The signs are good for Simoncelli too, the rookie considering himself unfortunate to only come away with tenth place from an otherwise impressive race that saw him denied a top eight finish only at the very end in France. "SuperSic" is looking to continue his impressive adaptation to the premier class at a circuit he loves and with further aerodynamic updates made by Honda to his RC212V to try and give him a further boost. Simoncelli also took victory in the 250cc class at Mugello in 2008 and came second in a breathtaking finish last season.

Marco Melandri "I am happy to be going to Mugello with a more positive mentality than recent races. I had a good race at Le Mans and now I am sure we have the right base to start with at Mugello and can continue to work well. I love this circuit and your home Grand Prix is always a special occasion. Hopefully the weather stays stable, at least for practice so that we can work well and prepare for the race, whatever the conditions are on Sunday. I am feeling positive and looking forward to racing at a circuit I like, with its changes in pace and fast corners and all the fans banked around the circuit -- it is a unique and fantastic place."

Marco Simoncelli "Mugello is upon us and considering the fact that I could have come away with a much better result at Le Mans than I did I am confident about this one. We made a few changes to the bike in France after warm-up but in the race they didn't seem to work -- maybe it was because of the higher temperatures. It was a shame because I'm sure I could have made up a few more positions but I'm thinking positive and looking forward to being even faster this Sunday. I have always liked Mugello a lot -- I won there in 2008 and last year in the rain I had a close battle with Pasini but unfortunately lost out at the line. Seeing all the people on the bankings gives you an extra boost to do well. "

Fausto Gresini "I am happy and proud to be racing at Mugello and our desire to do well is very strong, although that forms part of our spirit at every race -- not just because we are in Italy. We go there on the back of a positive race for both Melandri and Simoncelli, even though Simoncelli deserved a better result than tenth place for his performance up until the final two laps. Melandri has got his confidence back in the bike and I am convinced he can continue in the same manner. Simoncelli is making constant progress and for Mugello we will have some important aerodynamic updates that Honda have been working on since he went to Japan for the wind tunnel tests. Race by race we are working to come up with new solutions to improve the performance of our bikes and this is our main objective at the moment. I am happy with both our riders and with the Italian identity of our team. At Mugello we want to perform to our full potential to pay back the incredible support of the fans and everybody at San Carlo, who share our faith in the strong Italian spirit of our team. "

-source: gresini racing

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Marco Melandri , Marco Simoncelli