Catalunya : Gresini Honda – Day Two
The Team Honda Gresini riders worked hard on improving their settings for the race during two hour-long practice sessions today, before both qualifying for the Grand Prix of Catalunya on the third row of the grid.
Toni Elias both set a good pace today and is optimistic about his chances tomorrow. For Toni it is a particularly special event and he plans to celebrate his home race with a tribute to Antoni Gaudì, a major exponent of modernist Catalan architecture and a symbol of Barcelona around the world. Elias took to the track today with a new livery - leathers, helmet and boots – inspired by the local legend.
Marco Melandri, who has worked during these 2 days in preparation of the race, has quite a good pace and he hopes to make a good start for the race.
TONI ELIAS (8th, 1'42.607):
"I'm happy with my race pace and confident about tomorrow. I'm disappointed to be on the third row and I'll have to get a good start but we've had two good days of practice working on the race setting. Tomorrow will be a tough fight but I'm ready for it. This is my home race so I wanted to celebrate that with a special livery inspired by Gaudi. I love his mosaics and colour schemes – especially because they represent Barcelona around the world – and Aldo Drudi came up with a lovely design. I'm sure the fans will give me an added boost tomorrow and help me towards a top result.”
MARCO MELANDRI (9th, 1'42.623):
“We're moving forward. This morning we ran a couple of comparative tests and in the afternoon I only ran the modified chassis that we tried for the first time at Le Mans. The race pace is quite good and after all the problems we've had this weekend I'm quite happy with the third row. Tomorrow I'll just try and get a good start and fight for a top result.”
"Toni has done a good job all weekend and taken a real step forward. He has been setting a good pace and I think he can do well tomorrow because the position on qualifying tyres does not reflect his true potential.
Marco has struggled a little in practice so we'll try and make use of the warm-up in the morning to make a few final modifications.”