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MotoGP - Tamada End Testing - March 12th 2006


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    The IRTA tests ended today in Jerez de la Frontera, the last appointment for the MotoGP before the beginning of the 2006 season. A warm spring weather welcomed the teams this morning. In the middle of the day, temperatures reached 25C in the air and 38C on the ground.

    The Konica Minolta Honda Team could perfect the Honda RC211V setting to permit Makoto Tamada to make a long series of laps searching for the best tyres solution to be used here for the race. The Japanese rider covered 88 laps in total with a best lap time of 1.41'380.

    Makoto Tamada - Konica Minolta Honda Rider (1.41'380 - 88 laps);

    "These three days test have been useful to define the setting to use for the race but I am not completely satisfied because we did not completely solve the chattering problem I felt yesterday. Actually, today I have been able to slightly improve the performance and, above all, I run more constantly on the 1'41" pace. In order to be absolutely competitive, in the two days of Grand Prix tests we should find the way to better our performance of approximately 0.5seconds a lap."

    Giulio Bernardelle - Konica Minolta Honda Technical Director;

    "Even today we have continued testing different suspensions setting solutions, working in particular on the swing arm and attempting to solve the chattering problem annoying Makoto in the last braking phase. As concerns the choice of the race tyres, we have nearly defined the front one while we still have to work on the rear tyre. We have tried to make the most of the time we had at our disposal to define the race setting deciding not to test with a qualifying setting. Apart from this, we still have some work to do that we intend to complete in the first two free practice hours of the first Grand Prix of the Championship."