The period between the Le Mans and Catalunya Grand Prix appears to have had a salutary affect on Marco Simoncelli. In the San Carlo Gresini Honda press release preview of the MotoGP round at Barcelona, Simoncelli has expressed his regret at the crash at Le Mans, in which he and Dani Pedrosa collided and Pedrosa broke his collarbone, and for which he was given a ride-through penalty. Read the official press release below:
SIMONCELLI LOOKING TO THE FUTURE IN BARCELONA
Team San Carlo Honda Gresini rider Marco Simoncelli travels to Barcelona this week looking firmly ahead as he aims to put the unfortunate episode at Le Mans behind him. It is an episode that as the team underlined at the time was unwanted and it has played on the mind of Marco Simoncelli. His disappointment was made even more bitter by the news that Dani Pedrosa was forced to undergo surgery as a result. Simoncelli is now hoping that Pedrosa is able to compete in his home Grand Prix and from his own point of view simply looking towards the future. The events of Le Mans are a learning experience that will help him to grow further. Barcelona is a circuit he loves, having won there in the past in 250cc, and he will try to continue his excellent current form there. A top result is his main current objective, as well as his desire to show the true Simoncelli out on track. After four rounds Hiroshi Aoyama can reflect on a positive start to the season, having found a good feeling with his bike and team as well as improved confidence on the MotoGP machine. Aoyama finished second in Barcelona in the 250cc race in 2009 and his primary goal this weekend is to secure a better grid position, which has been his main weak point so far.
Marco Simoncelli "I have had time over the two-week break to think about the race at Le Mans. I am still disappointed with what happened to Dani and I hope that he has recovered from his injury in time for this weekend. I am also disappointed because Honda were unable to celebrate having four bikes in the top four positions at the French Grand Prix. Overall on reflection I have realised where I have gone wrong and in the future I will try at certain times to evaluate the situation better and be a little more cautious. I know that I'm probably not going to get a standing ovation at Barcelona but I hope that if I am criticised it is done in a civilised manner and not in the way that has happened in other sports in the past. In any case I just want to put the controversy behind me and get out there on my bike and start working towards a race that I am sure the team and I have the potential to do well in."
Hiroshi Aoyama "I am still pretty satisfied with the way my season has started. I have been solid and consistent and we have picked up important points. Now in Barcelona I want to kickstart the next phase of my MotoGP development. I am determined to be more decisive during practice and make sure of a good grid position so that I don't have to make up ground in the races, as I have done so far. I know that with the help of my team and the feeling I have already established with my bike I can do it. Barcelona is a circuit I like so hopefully we can meet our objectives."
Fausto Gresini "It won't be an easy weekend in Barcelona after the French Grand Prix but Marco has to maintain a calm approach because he knows he can be strong and do well at this track. He must stay relaxed, together with the team and the people around him, who can really help him through a difficult time. Marco is strong, determined and confident of having a top race so he just has to stick with his team and look calmly towards the future. Hiroshi has shown consistency over the first part of the season and brought home some important points. He is improving and his adaptation to MotoGP is positive. With the help of the team at a circuit he likes in Barcelona I think he can take another step forward and be even more incisive."