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1st and 2nd For Meladri and Elias At Jerez Test - March 27th 2007

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    After yesterday's rain, today the Motogp riders came back to work at Jerez for the second and last day of testing.

    Marco Melandri and Toni Elias worked in race conditions and only at the end of the test sessions tested two qualifying tyres.

    Marco Melandri (1, 1'39"48, 72 laps):

    "I'm happy because today we did a step forward with the setting of the bike. We tested some different solutions to improve the feeling with the front and changed the weight balance. We found some interesting solutions and I look confident for next gp.

    We made tyre testing and in the end we tested two qualifying because I needed to improve also this aspect. I look to Istanbul with optimism".

    Toni Elias (2, 1'39"67, 59 laps):

    "I leave Jerez after 2 positive days of testing, very complete, because we could improve both on wet and dry conditions. Today we worked on the set up of the bike with a new tyre that Bridgestone brought us and that worked very well. We also tested 2 qualifying tyres. I'm confident for the Turkish GP, a track that I like a lot".

    Carlos Checa:

    "As the track dried out at 2.00 pm we mainly concentrated on tyres testing. In the morning we tested some intermediate tyres and once the asphalt was completely dry I lapped with slick tyres. We got good results from one front tyre which could be useful for next race in Turkey and the chattering problem I suffered in the past seems to be reduced. I feel satisfied about these two days of testing and will train a lot at home during the break before Turkish GP".

    Randy de Puniet - 142 Laps (2 Days) - Best Lap 1'40.225;

    "Yesterday in the rain we initially had some problems with rear grip, but because it stayed wet all day we had the chance to make some changes to the set-up of the bike, and at the end it felt a lot better. Today we tried quite a few things on the bike. By changing my riding position it was easier for me to get right down behind the screen on the straights, and this is good for our top speed. The new suspension components also made a difference, with the bike now easier to turn and the rear traction, which we had problems with all weekend, much improved. Overall, it's been a very positive two days of testing for us."

    Oliver Jacque - 120 Laps (2 Days) - Best Lap 1'41.908;

    "It was the first time on this bike in the wet for both me and Randy yesterday. We managed to improve rear traction throughout the day and, while there is still room for further improvement, I was happy with the feeling of the bike overall. Today started much better than we finished on Sunday. I was really frustrated after the race, so today was all about finding solutions to the problems I'd experienced during practice, qualifying and the race itself. I talked through all the problems with my crew, and I had a much better feeling with the bike they gave me today compared to the one I raced on Sunday. We worked our way through a whole list of changes this afternoon, and there was definitely a significant improvement, which is always good for restoring confidence. I was happy with my lap time in the end, and now I'm looking forward to the next race in Turkey."

    Lap Times;

  1. 1. Marco Melandri, Gresini Honda, 1m 39.484s; 72 laps
  2. 2. Toni Elias, Gresini Honda, 1m 39.675s; 59
  3. 3. Randy de Puniet, Kawasaki Racing, 1m 40.225s; 82
  4. 4. Carlos Checa, LCR Honda, 1m 40.356s; 62
  5. 5. Colin Edwards, Fiat Yamaha Team, 1m 41.755s; 46
  6. 6. Olivier Jacque, Kawasaki Racing, 1m 41.908s; 66
  7. 7. Makoto Tamada, Tech 3 Yamaha, 1m 42.091s; 60
  8. 8. Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team, 1m 42.348s; 42
  9. 9. Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda Team, 1m 42.562s; 61
  10. 10. Sylvain Guintoli, Tech 3 Yamaha, 1m 42.736s; 54
  11. 11. Vittorio Guareschi, Ducati Marlboro Team, 1m 44.780s; 77