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Shakey gets a first taste of Honda power

Shakey gets a first taste of Honda power

Shakey gets a first taste of Honda power

Standing in for the injured Troy Bayliss, Shane Byrne made his Honda debut today at Sepang. The former British Superbike Champion worked diligently throughout the whole first free practice to get some confidence in the RC211V, and with his chief technician Santi Mulero he had planned to make lots of changes in the afternoon.

Instead, due to the rain, the Briton was unable to improve on the eighteenth fastest time he set in the morning, but is confident of making progress tomorrow.

"I'm feeling very, very positive about it all at the moment. The most incredible thing is the way the engine responds when you open the gas; it's phenomenal," said ‘Shakey'.

"It pushes so hard, and it's something I'm not used to really. This morning we began to work hard, and we had several things lined up for this afternoon, but unfortunately the conditions were a little bit mixed, not completely wet but not completely dry, and it was this combined with the fact that I'm riding cautiously at the moment, trying above all to not make any mistakes, means that we haven't been able to get very far today."

"We're hoping that tomorrow the weather allows us to work a bit more, because I think that the team have a few good ideas we can try. I'm working really well with them and I can't wait for tomorrow now."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2005, MARLBORO MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX

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