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MotoGP - Rain slows up the Konica Minolta Honda Team work - February 1st 2006


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    After the positive day of yesterday, which marked the beginning of the Konica Minolta Honda Team racing activity to get ready for the 2006 MotoGP World Championship, today the alternation of rain and short sky clearing up did not permit Makoto Tamada and his technicians to continue the setting of the new 2006 Honda RC211V.

    In the middle of the day, when the track was completely flooded, Tamada completed fifteen laps useful to check the feeling with the new bike in wet conditions. Rain definitely decreased its intensity later on, but the track never reverted completely dry.

    The Japanese rider has completed his second day of Australian tests in Phillip Island; 1.43.74 has been his best lap time. Whether conditions permitting, the team will only have tomorrow to carry out the planned programme of work.

    Makoto Tamada - Konica Minolta Honda Rider;

    "I really get bored today, as most of the other riders present in Phillip Island, waiting for the rain stopping to fall. When I decided to make some laps, the flooding level of the track seemed to be stabilized. Half an hour later, rain had decreased, and I decided to stop. It had no sense to continue, the never-ending change of the track conditions did not allow to have a valid reference to elaborate any comments for my technicians. Anyway, I'm really satisfied because I have found the same good feeling of yesterday when I rode the new RC211V for the first time"

    Giulio Bernardelle -Konica Minolta Honda Technical Director;

    "We can state that we lost a day, not for the wet conditions, but especially for the continue alterations of the track conditions. It was in fact impossible to find any solution due to the impossibility to work with a constant environmental reference.

    The positive thing is that Makoto has well received the complete potential of the technical package we will work with during this season, even in wet conditions. The check Makoto made, lasting just 15 laps before the rain started lowering, can be considered positive. If tomorrow there will be the possibility to work in dry conditions, we will conclude the Australian tests session with a good data base useful to develop the machine setting for the first part of the season."