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MotoGP - Positive day for the Konica Minolta Honda Team rider - March 11th 2006

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    The Konica Minolta Honda Team has concluded the second day of test at the circuit of Jerez de la Frontera. Makoto Tamada covered a total of 87 laps improving of one second the best lap time of yesterday fixing his best today's time in 1.41'561. The team has spent most of the day in a long rear tyres test starting the research of the best solution to be used for the race.

    At the end of the day, after having made some modifications to the RC211V setting, the Japanese rider made a useful "long run" to verify which could be, at present, the possible performance level to be maintained during the race.

    Makoto Tamada - Konica Minolta Honda Rider (1.41'561- 87 laps);

    "In a moderate manner, I'm satisfied of the work I've done today. I have clearly improved the performance with a race set-up reaching the same levels of the IRTA tests made on this circuit last season. The problem is that we still have a wide gap from the fastest riders and we are already at the last day of test before coming here again for the first race of the 2006 Championship. Tomorrow, therefore, we will do our best to make a step ahead and especially, to solve an annoying chattering problem at the rear tyre which does not allow me to be so efficacious in the final part of the breaking."

    Giulio Bernardelle - Konica Minolta Honda Technical Director;

    "Our Honda RC211V is evolving continuously and today we could make a massive work closely collaborating with the Michelin technicians. Makoto can only use the bike 1 as the feeling with the bike 2 is completely different. This morning we asked to verify this impression of Makoto to the HRC test rider, Tadayuki Okada, who, after having tested our bikes for some laps, confirmed our rider's version.

    Thus, we should carefully verify every bike 2 single component to understand the reason of this machine different feeling. Apart from this inconvenient we can say we have found the right way to follow in the search of the ideal setting for the Jerez G.P."