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MotoGP - Melandri Leaves Sepang as Fastest Honda Rider - January 25th 2006


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    Marco Melandri leaves Sepang as the fastest Honda rider, while his team mate Toni Elias continues improving his lap time.

    Sepang (Malaysia), Wednesday 25th January 2006 - Third and last day of testing for the MotoGP teams, busy at Sepang in the preparation of the 2006 Championship.

    The Fortuna Honda riders spent their day working at the set up of the bike in order to get the best out of the five-cylinder 990cc.

    Italian Marco Melandri set the third fastest time of the day and was the fastest Honda rider, despite the difficulties found in getting a good set up. Positive day for the Spanish Toni Elias, who improved his lap time and his feeling with the bike.

    Marco Melandri ( 81 laps, 2'01.12): "Today we worked with only one bike and we struggled quite a bit to find a reasonable set up. During lunch time my mechanics did an incredible job and in the afternoon my feeling with the bike improved. Unfortunately the research of a good setting took a lot of time and in the end I couldn't do a race simulation. At the moment we are not using all the potential of the RC211V. I'm happy that we have another test next week so that we can continue working on the bike. I'm confident and I look forward to test in Australia."

    Toni Elias (70 laps 2'02.26): "I'm happy because every day we do a step forward. Today I improved my lap time with race tyres while I still have to work with qualifying tyres. In fact, this afternoon I didn't succeed to use the qualifying tyre at its best. As far as my adaptation to the bike, I can say that my feeling with the bike improves day by day. I'm confident and I look forward to next test session. In Australia we will continue working in the same direction, completing as many kilometres as possible."

    Today it was the third and last day of the 2006 first test session. Tomorrow the Fortuna Honda Team will fly to Australia, where the second test session is scheduled starting from Tuesday , the 31st of January.