Motegi : Fortuna Honda - Day 2
Tomorrow the Fortuna Honda riders Marco Melandri and Toni Elias will start from the first and second row of the Japanese Grand Prix.
Both riders had two positive practice days and today they could finalize the job done with a good result.
Marco Melandri, the winner of the Australian GP, lapped with good rhythm in the morning session while he struggled more in the afternoon because of changed track conditions. The Italian was able to score the best third time with qualifying tyres and is ready for tomorrow's race.
Marco's team mate Toni Elias will start tomorrow from the second row. The Spaniard scored a good grip position after two positive practice days. Toni is confident to make a good start in order to stay with the leading group.
MARCO MELANDRI (3rd, 1'46"250 ) : "It's a very good moment for me. It's a great satisfaction to be back in front row, I was missing the first row since Donington Park. The most important thing is that we are competitive with qualifying tyres, which is important to get a good grid position. This morning the set up of the bike was good and I could lap with a good pace. In the afternoon session, because of changed track conditions, I struggled more. Fortunately I could get the best from my bike with qualifying tyres and I scored the third fastest time. Tomorrow it will be important to make a good start.
The race will be tough but I have nothing to risk in terms of championship so I will give my best taking some risks, if necessary".
TONI ELIAS (6th, 1'46"326): "I'm very happy. We have met our first target which was starting from the first two rows. I'm confident for the race, the bike is well balanced and I have a good feeling. I still need to improve my rhythm especially with full tank because I'm still struggling especially in the first laps. Tomorrow it will be very important to make a good start and to keep the contact with the leading group. I'm ready to fight and I will give my best".