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Tamada leaves Losail on a high

Tamada leaves Losail on a high

Tamada leaves Losail on a high

Japanese charger Makoto Tamada clocked another record breaking lap on the third and last day of testing at Losail. The Konica Minolta Honda rider enjoyed near perfect conditions as the wind calmed down and was able to lap in 1'56.63.

Tamada, already the fastest during the Sepang test before seeing his pre-season work hampered by a heavy crash at Phillip Island, was pleased by the work achieved during this three-day test in Qatar.

"I'm very happy for what we have globally done in these three days since I have been the fastest rider during the second and the third day. My major satisfaction, apart from the lap times we have obtained, is the feeling I found with the bike," said Tamada.

"We confirmed also on this circuit after the performances during the Sepang and Phillip Island tests, that the package we have at our disposal for the season 2005 is at a highest level compared to the one we had the past season. Therefore I'm very trustful and I hope to be able to always perform at the maximum level during the season which is about to begin."

Second fastest was Marco Melandri, who was joined on the track by Telefonica Movistar Honda rider Sete Gibernau. The Spaniard was affected by a fever during the first two days of testing and had limited track time. Both concentrated on tyre testing and Melandri completed a race simulation.

Ducati Marlboro riders Loris Capirossi and Carlos Checa, respectively fourth and sixth fastest, also worked on race set-up, with the Bridgestone tyres. Nicky Hayden posted the fifth best lap while his Repsol Honda team-mate Max Biaggi had a difficult day. The Italian lost his rhythm as he slipped off his RC211V after having lost the front end.

Alex Barros also suffered a minor crash when he was testing a new front tyre. The Brazilian will stay at Losail tomorrow with his Camel Honda team mate Troy Bayliss for promotional work.

D'Antin Ducati's Roberto Rolfo suffered a high-speed crash but fortunately walked away pretty much unscathed.

The Honda and Ducati teams will now head back to Europe, to get ready for the two final test sessions of the pre-season, the MotoGP Official Tests of Catalunya and Jerez.

Unofficial times:

1. Makoto Tamada - Konica Minolta Honda: 1'56.63
2. Marco Melandri - Telefonica Movistar Honda: 1'57.31
3. Sete Gibernau - Telefonica Movistar Honda:1'57.32
4. Loris Capirossi - Ducati Marlboro: 1'57.32
5. Nicky Hayden - Repsol Honda: 1'57.33
6. Carlos Checa - Ducati Marlboro: 1'57.35
7. Alex Barros - Camel Honda: 1'57.38
8. Max Biaggi - Repsol Honda: 1'57.94
9. Troy Bayliss - Camel Honda: 1'58.18
10. Roberto Rolfo - D'Antin Ducati: 1'59.74

Tags:
MotoGP, 2005, Makoto Tamada

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