MotoGP – Simoncelli Looking For Better Feeling At Laguna Seca

July 23, 2011

MotoGP

Team San Carlo Honda Gresini rider Marco Simoncelli struggled more than usual to get an initial feeling for his Honda RC212V at the famously tricky Laguna Seca circuit today. The Italian is not a long way from the day’s pacesetters but he is still short of his optimum pace and after a long meeting with his team this afternoon he will head out on track tomorrow with renewed determination and confidence to find it. His team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama has again struggled to find the promising form he showed in the early stages of the season.

Marco Simoncelli (6th 1’ 22.803) “I am struggling a little here at Laguna to get on the pace like I have done at other circuits. We are not far off but so far I haven’t established a good feeling with the bike. I probably also need to find a faster way round the track, which is not an easy one and not one I know so well. I am quite fast in the second and third sectors, which includes the ‘Corkscrew’, but I am losing time in the first and fourth, so we have to improve my acceleration out of the last turn and try to find more confidence in those two sectors.”

Hiroshi Aoyama (16th 1’ 24.590 ) ”It has been a difficult day, especially this morning. The afternoon was slightly better and we were able to work on tyre choice for the race. I hope we can improve tomorrow and secure a good position on the grid.”

Fausto Gresini “It wasn’t a bad first day. Marco has worked very hard with the team on his set-up and in the end we are not far off. With a few small changes tomorrow morning we will know if we are on the right lines but I am confident that we have room to improve and be competitive, which is our objective as always. Laguna is a unique circuit but I am sure Marco can do well here in America. Hiroshi is going through a difficult period and we expect more from him considering the potential he showed in the first part of the season. He is going backwards and that is a strange thing – it seems as though he is lacking motivation and I find that hard to understand because he can do much better than this and I expect much more from him.”

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