Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini RC212V): 8th
“Obviously the result is a bit of a shame but I am happy because I came through from the back to have a really good first two thirds of the race.
Unfortunately after that I physically couldn’t do any more. I was struggling to breathe, my vision was blurred and I really found it hard to make it to the end. If we could have kept our pace to the end we could have finished fourth or fifth so like I said it is a shame but I am happy because this is a track I don’t particularly love. Winter testing here was a disaster, yet here we were today putting in a good performance, even chasing Dovizioso and Lorenzo over the first few laps.
Now I’m looking forward to the next race because this was a positive weekend for us.”
Marco Melandri (San Carlo Honda Gresini RC212V): 9th
“What can I say? The result was a shame because compared to other races I got a good start here and my pace was decent. Unfortunately after just two laps I lost feeling for the front and every time I let go of the brakes I felt there was a risk I was going to crash. I went wide at a couple of places because I couldn’t match the pace of the guys in front of me. I got back on track and caught de Puniet but it was tough to pass him. Once I managed it I kept my pace up whilst a few guys in front of me got tired.
Physically I felt good, so it was a shame because this could have been a good race for us.”
Popularity: 1% [?]