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MotoGP - Toni Elias signs the 5th best time of the day - March 10th 2006

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    MotoGP action resumes at Jerez de la Frontera, Spain for the last pre-season testing session before the first race the Championship that will start on this track on March the 26th.

    The first day of testing was characterized by good weather conditions (19 degrees the air temperature, 31 degrees the asphalt, sunny sky).

    Positive day for the Spaniard Toni Elias who, starting from the base of last week test, found a good solution and could improve his rhythm. The Fortuna Honda rider signed the 5th best time of the day (1'41"680) , the second fastest among the Honda riders.

    On the other side of the garage, his team mate Marco Melandri continued the preparation of a good base working mainly on the balance of the bike, suspensions and tyre testing.

    Toni Elias ( 95 laps, 1'41"680, 5th best time): "Today we started adapting the best base found during last week test to the technical characteristics of the Andalusian track. We worked mainly on suspensions and we did tyre testing. I found myself comfortable and so I could improve my pace, lapping in the end with a rhythm of 1'41"high. Tomorrow we will continue working on the set up of the bike and we will work together with the Michelin techs. I 'm confident that tomorrow I can do another step forward."

    Marco Melandri ( 88 laps, 1'42"106, 12 best time): "The bike has improved compared to last week test. Today we worked mainly on the balance of the bike, suspensions and Michelin tyre testing. We tested many different solutions in order to understand how the bike reacts and to collect as many data as possible that will be extremely useful in order to create the best base for the first race of the championship that will take place in two weeks on this track."