MotoGP - Fortuna Honda Team End Preseason Testing At Jerez - March 12th 2006
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Fortuna Honda riders Toni Elias and Marco Melandri today completed their pre-season testing schedule ahead of the 2006 MotoGP World Championship. The riders made the most of excellent conditions and spent the entire day lapping at the final IRTA session of the pre-season. The Fortuna duo both spent the day working on a set-up for the first GP of the season to be held at this same track in a couple of weeks time. Toni Elias ended a very positive day by testing different Michelin compound tyres which performed well, although the Spaniard's main aim was once again to improve his own rhythm. In general terms things went very well for Elias who got through 100 laps and posted the eighth quickest lap of the day with a time of 1'40.753.
Toni Elias (100 laps, 1'40.753, 8th fastest lap):
"Today we concluded our pre-season testing plans. My evaluation of the work done by all the team is very positive, in that respect I'm very satisfied. We have improved steadily which has allowed us to lap faster and also helped me feel more comfortable on the bike which I think is the most important thing. I must thank Michelin for all the work they have done. I can't wait to race here at Jerez in front of these great fans - the atmosphere here during race weekends is really fantastic."
Marco Meladri (82 laps, 1'41.208, 12th fastest lap):
"Overall we are very satisfied with the close work we have done with Michelin. I must say I am very happy with the performance of the 2006 tyres. In the afternoon i covered part of the race distance and i posted my best time of the day, (1'41.208) on my 12th lap. our race rhythm has improved and i think we are not too far from what can be the race pace during the gp. We still have to improve further, but I am confident."