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Fortuna Honda ready for Turkish date

Fortuna Honda ready for Turkish date

Fortuna Honda ready for Turkish date

Team Fortuna Honda heads to the third round of the season this weekend and a circuit that holds special memories for both its riders. Last year both Marco Melandri and Toni Elias played starring roles in the inaugural Grand Prix of Turkey, with Marco taking the first victory of his MotoGP career with Fausto Gresini's team whilst Toni clinched his best result of the season in Fortuna colours. Now they are hoping to fight for the top positions once again at Istanbul, where they arrive in optimistic mood after a positive day of tests following the Grand Prix of Qatar.

Marco Melandri

"The positive results we obtained in the Qatar test have made me look forward really positively to Istanbul - it is a track I like and it suits my riding style. These are two factors that are in my favour but I will still have to concentrate hard on the bike. We'll be starting with a decidedly different b ase setting to the one we had at the last GP and I believe it has a lot of potential. I would have liked to have been heading into this event with a better performance behind me but I'm sure that the feeling we found in the test, the desire to have fun and the good memories I hold of this circuit will give me plenty of strength. The 2005 Grand Prix of Turkey was a truly memorable event - how could I ever forget the moment I crossed the line?! The chequered flag being waved and the celebrations on the podium were two of the most exciting moments in my life."

Toni Elias

"I'm heading to Istanbul feeling very motivated. My feeling with the bike improves from race to race and the test at Qatar confirmed that we're working in the right direction. Now I have to follow it up in the race with a performance that I believe justifies my potential. I have to try and take another step forward because we have not yet managed to achieve the results I am hoping for and know we are capable of. Istanbul is a track I like a lot because there are so many drops and rises, fast corners and slow corners. I can't wait to get back to a track where I had good results in practice and in the race last year."


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