Marco Simoncelli came within 0.059 seconds of taking his first podium in Estoril today. Simoncelli had a huge battle for 3rd place with Andrea Dovizioso with both riders swapping places, giving Simoncelli the chance to show the MotoGP fans just how far he has progressed since the start of the season.
Marco Simoncelli (4th)
“I am really pleased with my race today. We did everything right and I was able to maintain a good rhythm from the start to the end. Dovizioso was a little bit faster than me on the straights but I still thought I could beat him. Unfortunately I made a tiny mistake in the final turn and lost a little bit of speed onto the straight, which gave him the advantage over the line. It was a shame but I am still delighted because this feels almost as good as a podium to us. Over the last four or five races I have been consistently on the pace from Friday practice and we did it again here at Estoril. Obviously we still have to work to improve the bike, especially the electronics, if we want to be on the podium but maybe we can do that at Valencia. ”
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