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MotoGP - Rain Spoils Fortuna Honda Test - February 1st 2006

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    Phillip Island (Australia), Wednesday, 1st of February 2006 - A heavy rain spoiled the testing schedule of the Fortuna Honda Team during the second day of testing on the Australian track.

    Marco Melandri made only 19 laps. He went on track to check the feeling of the bike on wet conditions. He found immediately a good feeling and was satisfied of the sensations on the new RC211V with rain tyres.

    Positive day for Toni Elias that profited of the heavy rain to test the Rc211V on wet conditions. He found himself comfortable and his feeling with the bike improved lap by lap.

    According to the weather forecast, tomorrow the weather should improve in the afternoon. All MotoGP squads gathered at Phillip Island hope in good weather to carry on their work programme.

    Marco Melandri (19 laps, 1'42"63 ): "It rained the whole day so I went on track just to get the feeling of the bike on wet conditions. The bike worked very well and I gathered positive information. I hope that tomorrow the weather improves so that we can carry on our work schedule."

    Toni Elias ( 45 laps, 1'42"96 ): "I would have preferred to test on dry conditions because we still have a lot of work to do. Anyway, the rain gave me the opportunity to test my RC211V on wet. I'm happy because I found myself comfortable with the bike and my feeling improved lap by lap. It was a very useful testing day."