First day of testing at Phillip Island
The second three-day Motogp test session of the 2007 began well for the Honda Gresini riders at Phillip Island, a very technical and complete track that represents a real challenge both for bikes and riders.
Very good start
for Marco Melandri, who, for the first time, started to test the bike that he will use during the 2007 season.
Marco found a good feeling with the bike and finished with the second fastest time, the fastest among the Honda riders.
His team mate Toni Elias is also improving. The first day of testing, on a track that is complicated and difficult for the Spaniard, was good.
MARCO MELANDRI (67 laps,1.30.75):
“I'm very happy of this first day of testing. Today we focused on chassis and suspensions in order to create a base. We found the line quite soon starting from the setting of the last test in Malaysia. I have a good feeling with the front and I like the bike. We also worked on the electronic of the engine. Unfortunately, because of the rain, we couldn't start working with Bridgestone, so we will focus more tomorrow on tyre testing. I feel very well and during this week I trained a lot with my bicycle here in Phillip Island, despite the cold temperatures and the heavy wind”.
TONI ELIAS (76 laps, 1.32.0):
“We still have a lot of work to do but I'm confident because we are improving and we keep on working with calm and method. I need to improve my feeling with the front, we are working on it. As for the tyres, Bridgestone is doing a great job. We haven't at the moment the right tyre for my riding style but the tyre technicians have promised me that they will bring starting from the test in Qatar or, at latest, in Jerez. I'm confident, we are not too far from where we should be. Moreover, Phillip Island has always been a demanding track for me”.