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MotoGP - The Fortuna Honda Riders Leave Sepang With A Posative Feeling - February 16th 2006


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    The third and last day of testing was characterized by rain showers that interrupted the work of the Fortuna Honda riders.

    Despite the changeable weather and track conditions, Marco Melandri and Toni Elias were pleased with the progress made today and ended the three-day test with a positive feeling. The Fortuna Honda riders look forward to the next test session that will take place in Barcelona from the 3rd to the 5th of March.

    Marco Melandri (55 laps, 2'03"01): "Much better today, I think we understand more about the machine after today's test. It was a pity about the rain showers. But because of the weather we tried some different setting solutions and we eliminated several negative things. We also found some interesting front-end settings when we used a new front tyre and we will confirm the results when we get to Barcelona. We also tested the new rear but only for a few laps. I am quite positive about this test and I look forward the Irta Test in Barcelona to confirm the work done, hopefully on dry conditions."

    Toni Elias (35 laps, 2'03"62): "When we arrived this morning it was impossible to test because of the rain. This made things difficult because we couldn't try the new tyres, which have a different profile. It was important to do this because they give the bike a different feeling. However, in respect to the first day of the test we have improved a lot. The next test is at Barcelona and we must have good weather because at Phillip Island and here this week we have found a good direction to work in. But we just did not get in enough dry laps here at Sepang. I am not quite as comfortable as I had hoped to be but I go to the Barcelona test feeling very positive. Barcelona is my home track so I will be comfortable there for sure."