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Melandri taking it step by step

Melandri taking it step by step

Melandri taking it step by step

Marco Melandri says he is taking things one step at a time as he looks to get to grips with the Honda RC211V. The former 250cc World Champion has suffered a series of injuries over the past two seasons with Yamaha and has made gradual progress during the current HRC tests in Sepang.

"I'm quite happy now," commented Melandri at the end of the second day, when he posted a best lap of 2'02.70. "After lunchtime I lost a little feeling from he front end and I didn't understand why, so I went into the pit.

"After about 45 minutes I went out again with pretty much the same set up and the good feeling I had with the bike in the morning was coming back. I have been testing some 2005 engine parts ready for the new bike, just for familiarisation. These winter tests are very important for me.

"I have to get used to the power delivery of the bike so I'm taking things step by step. Many riders go fast in winter testing but you can't win a world title for winter testing."

Melandri's Telefonica MoviStar team-mate Sete Gibernau also made progress on Tuesday, when he was the quickest Honda rider with a lap time of 2'02.2 after a discreet first day.

"That was a much better day than yesterday. We have worked very hard myself the team and HRC, we have to gather as much information as possible.

"We have been mainly working on the chassis cornering, stability and suspension while using many types of tyres. We are satisfied, it was a difficult days work and I hope all the work pays off in the future."

MotoGP, 2005, Marco Melandri

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