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Fortuna Honda ready for the new challenge

Fortuna Honda ready for the new challenge

Fortuna Honda ready for the new challenge

Following the pencil trail of Hermann Tilke, the MotoGP World Championship heads east this week towards Shanghai - another circuit designed by the German architect Built in 2004 to host the Formula 1 World Championship, Shanghai is an ultra-modern facility with a spectacular infrastructure and a demanding track.

Following on from the success of Marco Melandri's first victory of the season in the Grand Prix of Turkey at Istanbul, the riders of the Fortuna Honda team heads toward a track that holds special memories for them.

Marco Melandri feels in strong shape after his Turkish win and he is looking forward to the Grand Prix of China, where he climbed onto the third step of the podium to crown a very positive weekend, having lapped second fastest in free practice and qualifying, last year.

`I'm going to China feeling fully charged after that great win in Istanbul and the fantastic job done by the team. As in Istanbul the track in Shanghai last year was also to my liking straight away. In 2005 I was fast in the dry during practice and also in the wet during the race. So I'm feeling relaxed, I feel good and I know that we'll be starting out with a good base set-up. I'm ready for another evenly-contested race. The front straight is really long and it should be really good fun to watch´.

The visit to China also represents a return to a happy hunting ground for Toni Elias.

`I really like the Shanghai circuit´, says the Spaniard, who has shown flashes of his speed and potential already this season. `Last year I got a good feeling from it virtually straight away. I went well in practice and it looked like being a good race for me but then we had a torrential downpour. I was doing well on wet, I was third when for a mistake on the starting grid I had to do a ride through loosing important positions. In 2005 Shanghai was completely new but this time I'm approaching it in a different way. I really like the bike, I know we have a good base set-up and I hope I can put the experience I have gained over these first few races into good use and come out with a good result´.


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