Donington : Gresini Honda – Day Two
Team Honda Gresini are looking ahead to a tough British Grand Prix tomorrow with their riders starting from the third and fourth rows of the grid.
After a wet day of free practice yesterday Marco Melandri and Toni Elias today got
the opportunity to set their bikes up in the dry.
Weather forecasts for tomorrow are predicting more rain, however, which will make life even more difficult for the team.
MARCO MELANDRI (9th, 1'29.498):
"Today we worked on the dry setting but the forecast is for more rain tomorrow so I don't really know what to expect for the race. In the fast sections I can let the bikes run and I am fast but we're still struggling to set the bike up for the long braking. It's a problem we've had since the start of the season and it doesn't allow me to ride as I like. It will be a tough race tomorrow - even more so if it rains, because the track here is very slippery."
TONI ELIAS (10th, 1'29.711):
"We tried to make the most of the two hours we had on a dry track to prepare as best as possible for a dry race. We struggled a bit this morning because we couldn't get the tyres up to optimum temperature.
In the afternoon the situation improved and we're quite ready if it is dry tomorrow. Unfortunately we had a technical problem at the end and only got chance to use only one qualifying tyre, which means I was unable to set a good lap. I'm disappointed by that but I'm hoping for a dry race tomorrow."