Gresini Racing press release
Simoncelli Looks To Back Up Misano Performance At Aragon
Marco Simoncelli will look to take the momentum of a stunning last lap at Misano into the Aragon Grand Prix this weekend and use it as a platform to a positive finish to his second season in MotoGP. The Italian's aim over the final five races of the season is to pick up the kind of results that escaped him in the early stages of the campaign. The courageous and combative temperament that may have cost him on occasion has now helped to form a strong working relationship with his team and created the necessary confidence to take on the challenge. This is the second visit to Aragon for MotoGP and the circuit, which was designed by fame German architect Herman Tilke in collaboration with Formula 1 star Pedro de la Rosa, was to the liking of Simoncelli last year. He finished in seventh place but was less than a second behind Valentino Rossi in sixth as he gradually improved his pace around the varied mixture of corners. Hiroshi Aoyama made a less convincing debut at the Spanish circuit but he is doubly determined to make up for that this weekend having rediscovered his form and fitness at Misano.
“The last lap at Misano was a wonderful moment for me – I had great fun battling with Dovizioso and Spies, passing each other two or three times, and to have won that particular fight was great for me and my fans. Now we have to keep this momentum going and make sure we have more to shout about before the end of the season. We are improving and I have been more consistent in recent races but even though the race was exciting at Misano we really need to be fighting for the podium positions. Aragon didn't go badly for me last year and I like the track so hopefully I can have a good race. We need to find a bit more pace in practice so that we can be challenging for better grid positions, like we were at the start of the season. It goes without saying that my feeling with the team is brilliant and that is just further motivation to fight for good results.”
“I could maybe have finished with a better result at Misano but I am pleased that I have my confidence back with the bike as well as my own physical fitness. I feel in good shape to improve my results throughout the final stages of the season, starting at Aragon. Even though I didn't go so well there last year I feel I can improve on my result at Misano. Living in Barcelona I consider this to be another 'home' race for me and I want to make a good job of it. We are in good shape to do well and with the help of the team I think I can do it. We are improving and on our way back to being as competitive as we were at the start of the season.”
“After such an exciting and successful final lap from Marco at Misano there is a buzz about the team and everybody is looking forward to the last few races of the season. “Sic” demonstrated his huge potential at his home race and I feel sure that he will improve further before the end of the season and pick up the results that escaped him in the opening few races of the year. His feeling with the bike gets better and better and his relationship with the team is driving everybody on to bigger things. Marco has the ability to give us all plenty to celebrate over the final few races of the year. Hiroshi Aoyama has come through a difficult period after his crash at Assen and has his confidence back, as well as his fitness. I predict a strong finish to the year for him, in the same way he started it.”