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Author: Fortuna Racing Press Release
Posted on: Friday, Feb 17 2006

MARCO MELANDRI (55 laps, 2’03”01):

“Much better today, I think we understand more about the machine after today's test. It was a pity about the rain showers. But because of the weather we tried some different setting solutions and we eliminated several negative things. We also found some interesting front-end settings when we used a new front tyre and we will confirm the results when we get to Barcelona. We also tested the new rear but only for a few laps. I am quite positive about this test and I look forward the Irta Test in Barcelona to confirm the work done, hopefully on dry conditions."

ELIAS (35 laps, 2’03”62):

"When we arrived this morning it was impossible to test because of the rain. This made things difficult because we couldn't try the new tyres, which have a different profile. It was important to do this because they give the bike a different feeling. However, in respect to the first day of the test we have improved a lot. The next test is at Barcelona and we must have good weather because at Phillip Island and here this week we have found a good direction to work in. But we just did not get in enough dry laps here at Sepang. I am not quite as comfortable as I had hoped to be but I go to the Barcelona test feeling very positive. Barcelona is my home track so I will be comfortable there for sure."

Temperature: air: 33° - asphalt: max 48°

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