After less than two weeks from the test held in Phillip Island, the Konica Minolta Team will be engaged for three days at the Sepang circuit on February 14,15 and 16.
Makoto Tamada and his Team have reached Malaysia to continue the intense pre-season preparation which will finish in March with the IRTA test in Spain: in Barcelona at the MontmelÚ circuit from 3 to 5 and in Jerez de La Frontiera from 10 to 12.
In the three days test in the Malaysian country, the rider will push again with the checking phase of the new bike he will use this season. He will take advantage of the 5.548 metres of the truck to find the best set-up of his Honda RC211V.
Makoto Tamada -Konica Minolta Honda Rider;
"I was so impatient to ride my RC211V again. There is still a lot of work I have to do with my Team. The Australian tests have not been completely satisfactory due to the bad weather conditions that did not permit us to exploit the second day as scheduled. Here, I will strive hard and I will be concentrated to the utmost to supply the technical staff, I am working with for four years, with some information and data which will be the basis of next season work. We will have to work hard but it does not worry me. I feel confident that good results could be obtained".
Giulio Bernardelle - Konica Minolta Honda Technical Director;
"In Malaysia, we will test with conditions that are completely different from those which characterized the first test session in Phillip Island. The very high temperature, the frequent accelerations in low gears and the two long straights will allow us to make the most with tyres and the mechanical performance of our bike.
Here, we have planned to give a particular study of the best set-up of the 2006 frame to start, from the second day, checking the new material Michelin will put to our disposal.
These three days test will be very important to get ready for the beginning of the 2006 season. Makoto is full of energy and conscious to have all he needs to obtain good results this year. This is, with no doubt, the best way to start working"