Team San Carlo Honda Gresini press release
Positive Start By Team San Carlo Honda Gresini At Sepang
Team San Carlo Honda Gresini enjoyed their best opening day to a Grand Prix this season in Malaysia today as Marco Simoncelli and Hiroshi Aoyama both lapped inside the top five fastest riders. The only downside at the moment is the gap to the sensational Dani Pedrosa, who is looking unstoppable, but hopes are high for both “Super Sic” and Hiro tomorrow after such positive beginnings.
Marco Simoncelli (4th 2’ 02” 823) “We had a very positive weekend in Australia but things have been more difficult here. We improved from the morning to the afternoon but Pedrosa is like a missile. We have to have a look at our data tonight and work out how we can close the gap. As well as choosing our tyres for the race we also need to find better feeling with the front in corner entry and try to work on the electronics to get more out of the acceleration in the final section. We have work to do but I am confident.”
Hiroshi Aoyama (5th 2’ 02” 951) “It has been a good start and my feeling for the bike is great. I had a lot of confidence with the bike already last week at Phillip Island but the rain ruined everything. The conditions are completely different here and the track temperature is high, which gives me a better feeling for the bike. We have been able to make some interesting comparisons with the data from winter and previous races, which should help me to do well this weekend. Tomorrow we will try to improve again and secure a good starting position on Sunday's grid.”
Fausto Gresini “This is definitely our best day of the season as a whole team. Fourth and fifth is a good start and we are on the right lines for Sunday. The gap Pedrosa managed to pull today is obviously big but we will try our best to reduce it. Marco has clear ideas and his team will put him in the best possible shape to do better. It was a positive day for Aoyama, who likes Sepang and was fast here in the winter. A positive result for him would help pull him out of a difficult period and finish off his MotoGP season in style.”