Marco Simoncelli is confident that he will be better placed to fight for victory at Silverstone than he was at Barcelona last week, despite missing out on pole in Britain.
A week ago Simoncelli claimed his maiden MotoGP pole position at the Catalunya Grand Prix, but then rode a muted race to sixth place after a poor start. After taking second behind Casey Stoner on the British GP grid, Simoncelli said he actually felt better about his race prospects than he had in Spain.
"I hope tomorrow we'll fight for the podium," said Simoncelli. "In Barcelona I made the pole position but here I have a better feeling with the bike than in Barcelona, and also [a better feeling] for race pace. I'm feeling ready to fight for the podium and the victory tomorrow."
He is not concerned about the prospect of changeable weather for tomorrow's grand prix.
"We have to check the weather tomorrow because it's not sure if it's sunny or rain," Simoncelli said. "Anyway, I'm quite fast in both conditions so we will see what happens tomorrow, but I'll do my best for sure."