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Tamada fights through flu bug

Tamada fights through flu bug

Tamada fights through flu bug

Makoto Tamada continued to take positive steps forward with his adaptation to Michelin tyres on board the 2005 version Honda RC211V at Sepang despite suffering from a flu bug on Saturday.

Despite a long break at the hottest part of the day the Japanese rider clocked up 74 laps of the Malaysian circuit and knocked half a second off his best time from yesterday, stopping the clock at 2'01.83.

"I felt a bit better compared to yesterday, but I'm still not at peak physical condition," said the Konica Minolta Honda rider. "Even though the flu doesn't want to go away, I can consider myself very satisfied on how things went in the first two days of test with the new Honda RC211V.

"The bike reacts well and I feel comfortable with it, in fact, lap times are showing that there is already a good feeling between me and the new bike. These two days of tests in Sepang have been really useful for me and I consider it a good start for a season in which I want to be a protagonist."

Technical Director Giulio Bernardelle explained further about the work completed by the Konica Minolta Honda Team today: "Today we have worked a lot on the adjustment of the frame and we found a better setting compare to yesterday," he commented.

"This will permit us tomorrow, the last day of test here in Sepang, to make a race simulation to evaluate the reaction of the bike over long distance. Today we have also continued to work on the setting of the electronic system of the bike and we have tried different types of front and rear tyre that Michelin brought us.

"For tomorrow we are planning to make the last modifications and this will allow us to end the Malaysian test having well-developed the 2005 material."

MotoGP, 2005, Makoto Tamada

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