Spanish GP: Gresini Racing qualifying report

TEAM SAN CARLO HONDA GRESINI CONFIDENT FOR TOMORROW'S RACE The second day at Jerez was another positive one for Marco Melandri as his Qatar disappointment becomes an ever more distant memory. The Team San Carlo Honda Gresini rider qualified...

TEAM SAN CARLO HONDA GRESINI CONFIDENT FOR TOMORROW'S RACE

The second day at Jerez was another positive one for Marco Melandri as his Qatar disappointment becomes an ever more distant memory. The Team San Carlo Honda Gresini rider qualified tenth today but could have finished higher up the grid if it wasn't for a small mistake in the final sector of his last lap. It was a shame because the Italian has made a breakthrough with his feeling for the Honda RC212V this weekend and feels there is still room for further improvement. His race pace was good today and with some overnight adjustments to his set-up and a good start in the race he can have high hopes of making up positions. Simoncelli is not far off the top guys in terms of lap times but he was only rewarded for his efforts with 16th place on an extremely close grid. The rookie was confident he could qualify higher up the order today and was slightly disappointed with his position as a result but also knows that small improvements in tomorrow's warm-up could bear large fruit in the race.

Marco Melandri (10th) "We had a great session today, setting an excellent pace and I'm really confident about the race. We're struggling a bit for rear grip but we're working to improve and I think with a small step forward we can make a big improvement. It is a shame about the qualifying lap because I made a small mistake on my last effort and it cost me a lot of time in the final sector. Anyway, I think that with a good start we can have a fun race tomorrow. I'm happy because we've done a good job together, everybody in the team is highly motivated and I think we have created the right atmosphere to improve."

Marco Simoncelli (16th) "After this morning's session I was hoping for better this afternoon but we're still struggling a little and I can't ride how I want. The reality is that we're not that far off the top guys -- 1.3 seconds isn't a big gap but I am still in sixteenth. All we can do is try to improve a little more before tomorrow and then do our best to make up positions in the race."

Fausto Gresini "This is definitely much better than Qatar. We have taken a good step forward with Melandri and it was just a shame about the small mistake in the final part of his good lap because we could have ended up higher up the grid. Anyway, we're not far off the best and that gives us great satisfaction. Simoncelli continues to gather experience and speed although I think he was also hoping for a little bit more today. I still think it was a positive session because he is not far from the pace of the front guys. He knows already that MotoGP is anything but easy but I'm sure he'll hold his own tomorrow."

-source: gresini racing

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Marco Melandri , Marco Simoncelli