Sepang : Fortuna Honda - Day 2
The second day of the Malaysian GP was characterized by heavy rain that started to fall around lunch time and spoiled the qualifying practices that were postponed several times waiting for the track to dry.
At 4.15 pm the Race Direction
decided to cancel the Qualifying Practices for security reasons. The starting grid will be decided according to the best times scored by the riders in the three free practice sessions.
The Fortuna Honda riders will start tomorrow in 9th and 14th positions.
Marco Melandri (9°, 2'02"560): "It was a strange day. I'm disappointed because during the three practice sessions we worked in preparation of the race using always race tyres. I would have preferred to decide my grid position on track, that's why I have suggested to extend of 10 minutes tomorrow the warm up so that we could have done warm up and qualifying. I respect the Race Direction's decision but I have been penalized because I didn't use the qualifying tyres this morning."
Toni Elias (14°, 2'03"102): "This morning we did a good job focusing on suspensions and chassis.
Unfortunately this afternoon we couldn't confirm our work. I'm sorry because without the afternoon practices I couldn't improve my grid position. Tomorrow I will start from the fifth row which makes my race very difficult. I'm sorry but I will do my best to get a good result."