SWEET AND SOUR DAY FOR TEAM SAN CARLO HONDA GRESINI Marco Simoncelli took another step forward today with the best qualifying result of his MotoGP career so far, sealing eighth place on the grid for tomorrow's Dutch TT. However, the flip side of...
SWEET AND SOUR DAY FOR TEAM SAN CARLO HONDA GRESINI
Marco Simoncelli took another step forward today with the best qualifying result of his MotoGP career so far, sealing eighth place on the grid for tomorrow's Dutch TT. However, the flip side of the coin for Team San Carlo Honda Gresini today was a crash for Marco Melandri, who dislocated his left shoulder in practice this morning and was unable to take part in this afternoon's qualifying session. "Super Sic" has once again shown constant progress as he continues to close the gap to the top and his race pace indicates that he is capable of more tomorrow. Melandri is highly unlikely to make the grid although there is an outside chance that he may see how he feels in tomorrow's warm-up. If the outcome is not favourable he will return to action next week at Catalunya.
Marco Simoncelli (8th 1' 35" 283): "That's not bad -- I'm happy because we had a few doubts about the bike today but it worked well. We have found the right solution to establish a better feeling and I can ride with more ease. My times were good when I was lapping on my own and I managed to put a good rhythm together. Overall I am happy and conficdent I can have another good race tomorrow. If I can get a good start then there's no reason I can't be fighting for a top five finish."
Marco Melandri (n.c.): "Today was a day to forget. It started well because the feeling with the bike was really good and I was ale to put a fast time in on a tyre with a lot of laps on it, so I was happy. Unfortunately it wasn't to be and now I have to look ahead to hopefully having a good race at Barcelona. I went wide coming into the turn at the back of the pits and tried to get onto the tarmac path back onto the track but I couldn't get on it and as I headed back towards the track I was worried I might hit another rider so I tried to change my line. Unfortunately I lost the rear on the grass and when I got back onto the tarmac it gripped and threw me into the air. I knew straight away that my shoulder was out."
Fausto Gresini: "It was a sweet and sour day today. Starting with the sweet Simoncelli showed that he is growing with every race and the gap to the front is closing, which gives us a lot of pleasure. He is improving his riding with every lap and that augurs well for the rest of the championship. The sour side of the day was another innocuous but costly crash for Melandri when he looked set to have a good weekend. Whenever a rider is injured and can't make it to the grid there is always a great sense of loss in the team. Fortunately the injury is not quite as bad as we thought and we hope to see him back on the bike as soon as possible."
-source: gresini racing