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MotoGP - Melandri scored the third fastest time - February 2nd 2006

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    After yesterday´s washout, that spoiled a whole day of work, the sunny sky and the dry track allowed a far more productive session today, third and last day of this Australian test session.

    Marco Melandri put the track to the most use: he completed 133 laps of the Australian circuit, signing the third fastest time of the day (1'30.60) and the fastest time among the Honda riders. Together with his team, Marco worked very hard to complete the whole schedule of work, interrupted yesterday by the rain.

    Toni Elias continued his adaptation to the new bike at his debut season on the RC211V. The Spaniard tried different set up solutions and completed 91 laps.

    Marco Melandri (133 laps, 1'30"60): "Today the weather was fantastic and we worked without a break. He had a lot of work to carry out and after 133 laps I can say that I am satisfied. I found a good rhythm with race tyres and the bike worked very well. We also tested many tyres. I leave Phillip Island with optimism. I think we are working in the right direction and I look forward to the next test session."

    Toni Elias (91 laps, 1'32"15): "I'm continuing my adaptation to new bike, Today we did a step forward, eliminating some solutions that I didn't like and adopting some new ones. I also tested Marco's setting. I got a good feeling and I could understand the direction in which we have to go. I still haven't found the right set up for me and I need to improve the front feeling. I'm happy to have the opportunity to test again in Malaysia in a few days because on that track we have important reference data."

    The Team Fortuna Honda will fly tomorrow back to Europe but the preparation of the coming season never stops. In eleven days a new test session is scheduled at Sepang, Malaysia.