Phillip Island : Konica Minolta Honda - Preview
The time to close the Sepang circuit garages and the MotoGP “circus” is already leaving for the second destination of the long intercontinental tour. After the Malaysian sultry weather now it's time to face the still cold weather
of the end of the Phillip Island winter.
The Australian track, placed 180 kilometres south of Melbourne, is one of the most beautiful and difficult circuit of the championship for the presence of different fast corners permitting the riders to exalt their riding skills. Makoto Tamada finished eight the latest two GP's hold here in 2004 and 2005. His best race time of 41'38.784” was clocked in the 2004 Grand Prix.
Gianluca Montiron – Konica Minolta Honda General Director: "It is always nice to reach Philip Island: the place, the people make the ambience where the GP is held absolutely pleasant. The race is always one of the most fighting events of the season and often it is decisive for the final championship classification. In Sepang, the Konica Minolta Honda Team did not live an exciting week end. The crash occurred to Makoto on Saturday and the afternoon qualifying cancellation due to the bad weather, negatively determined our result. Tamada knows the Australian track very well; here, he has already had three GPs and many winter tests. We hope it could be of any help to be fast and competitive starting from Friday."
Makoto Tamada: "I'm trying to make the best use of the few free days I have before the Australian race. I need to quickly recover the energies and on the fantastic isle it will not be too difficult. Phillip Island race will be hard especially for the temperature that will remain very low. Therefore, we'll race in a completely different condition from Sepang.
I hope to be able to find a good tyres feeling immediately because here it will be more important than usual to better approach the fast corners of this track."
Giulio Bernardelle – Konica Minolta Honda Technical Director: "The modifications made to the Assen circuit in the latest two years led it loose the title of the most difficult track of the series and now Philip Island has all the characteristics to win the challenge of the most selective circuit of the championship A series of unique characteristics makes this circuit technically demanding and permits riders and bikes to make the difference. There are three of the fastest corners of the entire championship and also two hairpins to be ridden in first gear. The technical variety of this circuit, makes the bike's set up fundamental for the feeling level the riders can obtain when racing."
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