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MotoGP - The Foruna Honda Team Back to Work at Philip Island - January 31st 2006

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    Marco Melandri was the fastest rider on track while Toni Elias made his debut with the RC211V on the Australian track.

    Phillip Island (Australia), Tuesday, January 31st 2006 - MotoGP action resumes at Philip Island, Australia for the first day of the second test session in preparation of the 2006 season.

    It was an important test session for both riders of the FORTUNA HONDA TEAM: Marco Melandri worked in particular at the weight distribution of the bike, finding interesting solutions. He lapped with a good rhythm, scoring the best lap of the day. Toni Elias continued his step-by step approach, working to a carefully prepared pre-season test schedule designed to give him a complete overview of precisely what he can expect from his RC211V during his debut season.

    The opening day of the Australian test session was characterized by generally cloudy sky and strong wind, typical for this area.

    Marco Melandri (92 laps, 1'30"72): "The bike worked very well today. At the Sepang test we found the right direction to work in and today we concentrated on the geometry of the bike and the weight distribution looking for a base setting that will be good for all tracks. We need to work on the front suspension to get a better feeling but I feel quite satisfied with what we did today. I am beginning to find rhythm without pushing too hard."

    Toni Elias (100 laps, 1'32"20): "To come back to a track new to me with the RCV I found it difficult to get comfortable on the bike. After the lunch break things got a little better with the set up. We are looking for a base setting that will be good for all tracks. We worked on the general chassis and suspension settings and we continue our step by step schedule."