Estoril : Fortuna Honda - Day Two
Marco Melandri's fall on Friday affected his performance on the second day of qualifying for the Portuguese Grand Prix, with the FORTUNA HONDA RIDER having to settle for 15th place on the grid.
The Italian opted to focus his attention
on set up solutions and tyre selection on Saturday and was 12th fastest in the morning session. He went 0.8 seconds fastest in the afternoon, but still finished down in 15th.
Forecasts are predicting rain on Sunday and that could help the Italian recover some places in the race itself.
Melandri's team-mate Toni Elias put in a solid showing and claimed 11th spot on the grid. The Spaniard will now hope to make a fast start tomorrow and latch on to the lead group.
TONI ELIAS (11th, 1'37”245):
”I am not satisfied with my position on the grid, although we did a good job. We are improving every day and now we must get the result to confirm it. I am feeling good on the bike and hope to make a good start tomorrow and make up positions as quickly as possible. I like this circuit and am confident of having a good race tomorrow.”
MARCO MELANDRI (15th, 1'37”582):
”Physically I am improving, I feel better than I thought.
The knee is still hurting me and is causing pain in the left-hand corners, but this is not the main problem which is preventing me from lapping faster. The bike is working well and the team is doing a good job. We have tried various different tyres and set up solutions but we still don't have enough grip to ride smoothly. I hope to try some more tyres tomorrow morning and to improve my feeling. According to the weather forecast, it should rain. I hope to race on the wet to recover important positions. I'm motivated.”