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What the riders are saying about Day 2 at Phillip Island

What the riders are saying about Day 2 at Phillip Island

What the riders are saying about Day 2 at Phillip Island

Marco Melandri:" I'm quite satisfied. I like the bike and today we focused on tyre testing. We completed an impressive 99 laps. We tested many tyres and now we have decided the line to follow. I didn't improve my fastest lap time too much on a single lap but the race pace was good. In the morning we started with the same setting as yesterday and I had a good feeling from the beginning. During the day, we tested some different set up solutions but we didn't get the results we wanted, this slowed down the work program so I couldn't make further improvements as regards the lap times. From a physical point of view, the 800cc is quite demanding like the old 1000, in fact although faster on the corners it is the same weight as the 1000cc".

Toni Elias: "This morning we struggled a bit but then we found a good solution that allowed us to make a small step forward. We tested several tyres and found one that is good to my characteristics, this allowed me to improve also my feeling with the bike. Tomorrow we will keep on working in this direction and further improvements are expected. In fact it's very important to create a good base and find a good compromise for the Honda-Bridgestone package".

Loris Capirossi: "Today was a positive day. We succeeded in completing the work load both regarding the tyres and the bike set-up. We have now reached a good balance and tomorrow, weather conditions permitting, we'll do a full race simulation. On this track we have always gone well, and I'm pleased that the GP7 has also shown that it adapts well to this circuit, which is one of my favourites. The new Bridgestone race tyres are a step ahead of the ones we had before here in September for the GP, which were already pretty good. Tomorrow we'll also be testing the new qualifying tyres".

Casey Stoner: "Today we made a big step forward. Of the two bikes I have available, I prefer one more than the other. We don't exactly know why, but the feeling is much better even when they have the same set-up. Unfortunately on this bike I had a minor technical problem that lost me a bit of time. After resolving the problem I then began to put in some good laps and I'm really pleased with my time and my pace. The tyres brought here by Bridgestone give a great feeling and are very constant. We're improving day by day and I'm happy with the progress".

Carlos Checa: "Today was much better! We worked to adjust the chassis and the suspension setting to this track and we found a good base. In fact today I lapped conistently with a good pace improving my lap time by one second. We tested some Michelin tyres with pretty good results and now I feel more comfortable on the bike. I would definitely say that things are going the right way and tomorrow we will focus on engine adjustment and electronics. These two days were pretty productive for us, but the sad part regards the impact I had with a seagull alongside the track this morning. It hit the wind screen of my bike and also my arm when I was lapping at 210kph. I couldn't avoid it!".

MotoGP, 2007

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