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Fortuna Honda Complete Second Day of Official Test - March 4th 2006


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    Fortuna Honda riders Marco Melandri and Toni Elías completed their second day of official testing duties at the Circuit de Catalunya in cold weather conditions today. The two riders worked hard throughout the day although at the end they were forced to settle for twelfth and seventeenth position respectively.

    Marco was able to complete the programme he had for today although he was unable to reach the desired results. The Italian, who produced a stunning run of form at the end of last season to seal second place in the championship, knocked a fraction of a second off his time from yesterday but that was not enough to leave him satisfied at the end of the day. His team-mate Toni Elías, who is riding a MotoGP bike for the first time at this track, was unable to improve on the 1'44.672 he clocked yesterday.

    Tomorrow the riders will have the opportunity to demonstrate their potential in front of thousands of spectators, who will flock to the track to enjoy the timed BMW Award session which runs from 14:05 until 14:45.

    Marco Melandri (76 laps, 1'44.512) 12th fastest: "They've been two very tough days for us but we've still got a long way to go. I'm struggling to find the ideal feeling to enter the corners comfortably and I still need to improve my corner speed and line. Fortunately we've still got four days of tests left before the first race at Jerez. I'm disappointed we are not at the level we would like to be at but I still look forward to this season with optimism."

    Toni Elias ( 70 laps, 1'45.782 ) 17th fastest "Yesterday we saw one side of the coin and today we saw the other. This wasn't a great day for us even though we worked really hard to make it that way. We had a few grip problems and the track temperature didn't help much either. We can't use that as an excuse though because it was the same track for everybody. We tried a few different tyres without finding the ideal one but I'm sure we will find it through hard work. I actually felt more comfortable on the bike yesterday."