If the weather stays wet and windy at Phillip Island for the whole weekend, then at least the Honda Gresini team know that they’ll have a pretty good race setting, as both Marco Melandri and Marco Simoncelli both finished in the top 5.
Marco Simoncelli – 4th
“The conditions were really prohibitive today, especially the wind, which was very strong. We were going down the front straight in sixth gear and losing the front, it was really difficult to manage. Anyway, I felt good straight away from the first lap in the wet and we were able to make constant improvements from there. The track conditions changed towards the end of the session because three quarters of it were practically dry but we didn’t have time to change to a slick tyre. Anyway, I am happy and if the race conditions are like this we will be competitive.”
Marco Melandri – 5th
“It was a difficult session because of the conditions. It was really cold and there was so much wind that it was hard to ride. A good part of the track was dry by the end but with rain tyres on it was impossible for us to improve our best time – by the end of the session the left side of the tyre was completely destroyed. Obviously in terms of finding a dry set-up the session was completely useless but we were able to confirm that we have a good pace in the wet.”
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