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Gibernau back on top for second day of tests at Le Mans

Gibernau back on top for second day of tests at Le Mans

Gibernau back on top for second day of tests at Le Mans

Last Sunday saw Le Mans play host to one the most exciting Grand Prix races of the 2005 MotoGP calendar so far, as the MotoGP event turned into a classic battle of the giants and the Movistar Honda MotoGP team battled it out with the Gauloises Yamaha Team for the top positions.

After the action-packed race – which saw Sete Gibernau take second place behind Rossi and Melandri take fourth place behind Edwards – the Movistar Honda MotoGP team stayed behind at Le Mans for two days of testing in preparation for the next big event in Mugello.

After the initial day of testing on Monday, which saw Melandri end the day as the fastest man with a best lap of 1'33"707, Gibernau was back on top form to finish the two-day session with the best lap time – 1'33"690.

Together with his team, the Spaniard tested different set-up configurations in order to improve the problems he suffered during the race weekend. In particular he worked on traction. Gibernau also carried out some tyre testing and lapped consistently better than the lap time he set yesterday.

"Today it was a little bit cold but we could test on dry conditions and this helped us to better understand some interesting things. Together with HRC and Michelin we are doing a great job and I look forward to racing at Mugello, my team's home Grand Prix."

Testing continued yesterday for Gibernau, while Melandri finished his scheduled test program on Monday and flew to Derby.

During the Monday session Melandri worked with his suspension technician and conducted some tyre testing with Michelin, constantly improving his feeling on the bike. He also tested a new helmet that Nolan is studying to improve the ventilation. At the end of the session Melandri tested a communication system via radio between the rider and the garage.

"My feeling with the bike improves every time and I'm sure that this test represents an important step forward," said Melandri. "Today we worked together with Showa and tested a new fork. We also carried out some tyre testing that made me understand important things. I lapped fast and consistent every lap and this makes me look positively to the next race, that will be held in Mugello."


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