The final day of the three-day MotoGP test held at Sepang, Malaysia was characterized by rapidly changing weather conditions that hindered the Honda MotoGP riders to carry out their programme of work scheduled for today.
The morning session was virtually abandoned by most riders due to the half wet - half dry track conditions but a heavy down pour at lunchtime saw several riders take to the track testing Michelin wet weather tyres.
The test was positive for Marco Melandri who tested some wet tyres for Michelin.
The changing weather conditions hindered Tonis Elias to improve his lap time but he was happy of his debut with the RC211V on wet.
All in all, the test was very positive for him: he has grown consistently, showing that he is adapting well to the new bike.
Marco Melandri (56 laps, 2'02"82): "Not so bad, even if we could not test much in the wet, or dry conditions either. I was su! pposed to run a race simulation and try four different
tyres but the rain prevented that. It was the same with the wet tyres. I
had two tyres to test but only managed to test one because the track dried out too quickly. These three days of testing were very important: I found a good rhythm all week and I improved my performance over that in the race here.
The test was very positive for me and the team and I will now wait for the new bike to arrive in January."
Toni Elias ( 50 laps, 2'03"98 ): "Not so bad with the wet tyres today but I need to have more experience with this bike before I can be really fast in the wet. I didn't try too hard when the track was drying. The half wet - half dry track is not good for testing. Really all we did was test tyres today but it was good because we have found the direction we have to work in at the next tests. The test was positive, the bike is very good and I'm gaining confidence but I'm no! t
where I need to be yet."
According to the Regulations, testing is forbidden till the 20th of January. The FORTUNA HONDA Team Riders will be back to action on the 23rd of January on the Malaysian track of Sepang.
Unofficial Lap Times;
- 1. Dani Pedrosa (Sp/Honda) 2'02"76
- 2. Nicky Hayden (Usa/Honda) 2'02"79
- 3. Marco Melandri (Ita/Honda) 2'02"82
- 4. Nakano (Jap/Kawasaki) 2'02"93
- 5. John Hopkins (Usa/Suzuki) 2'03"10
- 6. Carlos Checa (Sp/Honda) 2'03"39
- 7. Colin Edwards (Usa/Yamaha) 2'03"61
- 8. Casey Stoner (Aus/Honda) 2'03"70
- 9. Valentino Rossi (Ita/Yamaha) 2'03"85
- 10. Toni Elias (Sp/Honda) 2'03"98
- 11. De Puniet (Fra/Kawasaki) 2'04"27
- 12. Vermeulen (Aus/Suzuki) 2'04"50
- 13. Ellison (GB/Yamaha) 2'05"00