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Fortuna Honda rendezvous in Le Mans

Fortuna Honda rendezvous in Le Mans

Fortuna Honda rendezvous in Le Mans

After the long haul trip to China the MotoGP World Championship returns to Europe this weekend as the series lands in France at the legendary Bugatti circuit of Le Mans, built in 1965 around the existing 24 Hour circuit. Located 200km south-west of Paris, Le Mans always brings together motorsport fans from all over central and northern Europe. With a tough Grand Prix of China now behind them, the Fortuna Honda riders are looking forward to the Grand Prix of France with renewed optimism. Marco Melandri and Toni Elias, and indeed the rest of the team, are determined to resolve the problems they found at the Shanghai circuit as they prepare for another huge challenge. Marco Melandri:

"Every race is a different story and for that reason I am looking forward to the GP of France with confidence. We have the knowledge and resources to analyse the problems we found at Shanghai and we will do our best to find the adequate solutions. It will be important to start well in the first free practice session and find a good base setting that will allow me to adapt the bike as best as possible to Le Mans.

The Bugatti circuit is characterised by a lot of hard braking and it requires a riding style that favours good braking on the entry and throttle control on the exit to make the most out of each corner.

Le Mans is notorious for the hard braking, it is a really demanding layout but I actually quite like it because it can be fun to ride. It is not one of the most technical circuits in the world but you can enjoy yourself there."

Toni Elias:

"I like Le Mans and I have a lot of good memories of it. I actually scored my first ever Grand Prix podium at this track in 2001 when I finished third in the 125cc race and I won here in the 250cc class in 2003. In fact, I've been on the podium here four times in the last five years.

Unfortunately the thought of my crash here during testing last year counterbalances the good memories. I'm sure when I get to that first chicane for the first time this weekend the crash that broke my right wrist will come into my mind, but that certainly won't prevent me from giving it my very best. I'm feeling highly motivated and I hope that the GP of China can serve as a point of reflection to analyse the problems we have had and start off on the right foot this Friday. My team is doing a great job and I will also give my best to take another step forward."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2006, ALICE GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE

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