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Melandri and Gibernau rack up the laps

Melandri and Gibernau rack up the laps

Melandri and Gibernau rack up the laps

Marco Melandri ran up over a century of laps on the second day of tests at Jerez, with Sete Gibernau not far behind him as he made 70 circulations of the Spanish track in search of key data for Michelin engineers.

Whilst Melandri's focus was simply to complete as many kilometres as he could in his first test aboard the Honda RC211V, Gibernau worked hard evaluating a range of chassis and suspension combinations before moving on to tyre testing with Michelin.

"I'm very happy with the work done today, my feeling with the bike has improved and I felt much more confident," said Melandri, who completed a total of 101 laps with a best time of 1'42.023, improving his best effort from the first day.

"I have improved my pace and this is the most important thing. I have a lot of work to do, my lap time is still not so high but at the moment I want to proceed step by step. I'm very happy with my new team, there is a very good atmosphere and we work with motivation, they make me enjoying riding."

Gibernau was the fastest Honda rider on the second day, clocking a best time of 1'41.036. "I'm testing here at Jerez all the material that Honda is bringing me in order to understand and evaluate all the material we already have," he explained. My goal in fact is to create the best package that will be the base for the next season.

"In particular today I tested a different chassis and a new front fork. I tried to do quality laps maintaining a constant pace on 1'41" in order to understand and evaluate the material we have.

"We also did some tyre testing. Michelin, in fact, has asked us to test a new front tyre, so I'm very happy because we are all working hard in the same direction. Tomorrow I will go on doing more comparative testing, I have a lot of stuff to test but this is necessary in order to get the best package."

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