Marco Simoncelli finished in sixth place despite starting from the first position. However, the Gresini Honda rider is quite satisfied with the results of the MotoGP race at Catalunya. Simoncelli quite convincing when qualifying session where he captured the pole position yesterday. But starting in pole position does not make the Italian rider can ride the podium.
“I do not know if I’m too old to hold the clutch at start but slipped and many riders passed me. That’s wasting a lot of my time, “said Simoncelli. “After that I was unable to return to the rhythm like a rehearsal and I keep trying. Although gain speed but in general remained slow, ” he complained.
“This is the best way to rid my mind of the incident at Le Mans and all the things that everyone was saying up until now,” said Simoncelli after taking his maiden pole position. “For sure I am much happier now than I have been for the past two weeks leading up to the Grand Prix. I didn’t expect this pole position because Casey (Stoner) had been so fast in every session, faster than me. It went well and I was strong even though we had a few problems at the start of the session when I couldn’t push as hard as I would have liked. By the end we had solved the problems and I was able to ride really fast, although I never thought I would be able to set pole. I took a bit of a risk on the last lap trying to go faster and managed to save it, so finally my long legs have been good for something! Tomorrow won’t be easy because both Casey and Jorge have a fast race pace but I will try to stay with them. My first target is to finish the race, the second is to finish on the podium and you can guess the third!”
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