Tenth place and 1.4sec off the pace might not sound like much but, after a disastrous Qatar Grand Prix, Marco Melandri was a much happier man at the end of Friday practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.

"I'm happy because I finally have a 'normal' feeling with my bike again. In Qatar it was quite the opposite and I couldn't work out what was going on, or why I didn't like the forks so much," said the Italian. "Ohlins have come up with a different setting and now the bike is working much better already.

"I have to thank the team and above all Fausto for working so hard back at home, doing everything possible to meet my demands. Now we are starting to understand what works and where we need to work to improve. I can't wait to get involved in a good race to pay back Fausto and the team."

Rookie San Carlo Honda Gresini team-mate Marco Simoncelli was 15th fastest.

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