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MotoGP - Melandri Sets The Fastest Time - February 14th 2006

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    The Fortuna Honda riders are back at work for the third round of test in preparation on the 2006 season. There is no doubt that this three-day test session will be very important to confirm the work done so far. The teams have in fact all the reference data on this track as they tested here with the new bike at the end of January.

    The first day of testing was characterized by hot temperatures in the morning and a light rain in the afternoon that forced the riders to stop in the garage. They could go back on track for only a short time before 06.00 p.m.

    A crash without consequences in the morning didn't stop Fortuna Honda rider Marco Melandri to continue working in the afternoon, signing today's fastest time (2'01"65). In total, the Italian rider completed 74 laps.

    His team mate Toni Elias continued to do experience with the RC211V. The young Spanish rider still needs to do as many kilometres as possible in order to feel more comfortable on the bike.

    Marco Melandri (74 laps , 2'01"65): "We still have a lot of work to do on the new bike. The positive point is that I'm quite fast on the single lap whereas we don't have enough traction to have the rhythm I'd like to have for the race."

    Toni Elias (65 laps, 2'03"51): "I'm not happy. At the moment the feeling with the bike is not the one I'd like to have. I need more time on the bike, I need to run a lot of kilometres and to feel more comfortable. Tomorrow I will start working with Michelin technicians for some tyre testing. I'm confident that this will help me a lot to find a better feeling and to improve my rhythm."