First day of testing at Sepang
After the customary testing ban of just over one and a half months, the MotoGP bikes return to the track for the resumption of the 800cc development in preparation of the 2007 Championship that will start in Qatar on March the 10th.
Motogp teams, except for the Illmor team, gathered in Sepang, Malaysia for the first test session of the 2007 season.
Thanks to the good weather conditions (sunny sky and hot temperatures) the riders of the Honda Gresini Team good use all the training day to adapt to the new bike and to Bridgestone tyres.
MARCO MELANDRI (66 laps, 2.04.02):
“Today we worked on suspensions and chassis in order to prepare a base set up so that tomorrow we can focus on tyre testing together with Bridgestone technicians. I think that it's important to focus on tyres here while I will work more on the set up of the bike starting from next test session in Phillip Island, Australia. After the two surgeries I underwent in November and December and the physiotherapy to the muscles of my leg, I feel better now, I'm almost 70% fit. On this track I was suffering a lot, while today it was much better”.
TONI ELIAS (70 laps, 2.04.7):
“I'm quite satisfied of this first day of testing.
After two months of break, it was important to go back to the track. Today I completed 70 laps, which is a lot. We only made some small modification in order to find a base set up. Tomorrow we will continue working on the suspension and chassis and start testing tyres for Bridgestone. I'm confident” .