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Home race and chance to top classification for Fortuna Honda

Home race and chance to top classification for Fortuna Honda

Home race and chance to top classification for Fortuna Honda

The Fortuna Honda team are excited ahead of the rigorous three races-in-as-many-weekends schedule, with both their riders looking for strong performances at the make-or-break point of the season. The fun starts in Barcelona, a home race for Toni Elias, who lives just thirty kilometres away from Montmelò in the town of Manresa.

"Racing in front of your home crowd is an incredible feeling and this time it is even more so because it can help you get over your difficulties," commented the Spaniard. "We had hoped to be arriving at this event with better results behind us but unfortunately we are still suffering from problems that have dogged us for the last three races. The days of tests at Mugello was useful to try and understand the bike more and find some kind of direction to work in. Within the team we have studied a few alternative solutions which I am sure will have good results in Barcelona. I'm feeling confident and motivated. I want to get back to enjoying myself and give my fans something to celebrate. Barcelona is a demanding track, an F1 circuit, but I'm ready to give my maximum and take a good result home with me."

Marco Melandri arrives in Catalunya as the third placed rider in the overall classification, and a good showing could allow him to top the table.

"I can't wait to get back on track after the excellent results we had at the Mugello test. Over the race weekend we had worked hard to find better traction and on Monday we concentrated on speed through the corners and the results were positive.

I'm feeling very confident about going to Barcelona – the track is similar to Mugello and with the good base setting we found there I should be able to do well in Spain. I like the track and I've had a lot of satisfaction there in the past. I know the podium well at Montmelò because I have already been there twice in MotoGP over the past two years. I have missed the taste of champagne and I want to sample it again."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2006, GRAN PREMI CINZANO DE CATALUNYA

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