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MotoGP - Fortuna Honda Team Keep On Working - March 11th 2006


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    Another hard day for the Fortuna Honda Team at the Jerez de la Frontera for the second day of the last pre-season test.

    Sunshine ruled throughout the day and the Fortuna Honda riders could profit of nice track conditions (19degrees the air temperature, 32 degrees the asphalt).

    Marco Melandri worked a lot on the bike and completed 84 laps but he didn't reach the expected results, while his team mate Toni Elias worked first on the suspensions before testing Michelin tyres.

    Despite the hard work, the Fortuna Honda riders couldn't improve their positions: the Spaniard finished 11th while his team mate finished 16th. Toni Elias ( 91 laps, 1'41"254, 11th): "This morning we continued working on the suspensions in order to improve my feeling in the corner entry. Starting from this base, which is the result of all our pre-season work, we did some tyre testing with Michelin technicians. I have improved my lap time but I still need to focus on my rhythm in order to be ready for the first race. Tomorrow we have one more day to test Michelin tyres and I hope to do another step forward."

    Marco Melandri (84 laps, 1'42"636, 16th): "We worked a lot on the bike, testing many different solutions. We have found some good things but I have to say at this moment this is my limit. I'm confident and tomorrow we will keep on our work schedule."