Chinese GP: Pramac d'Antin qualifying notes

PRAMAC D'ANTIN MOTOGP TEAM IMPROVES AT SHANGHAI After the rain of the Friday, the Pramac d'Antin MotoGP riders had the possibility to ride with dry conditions today, even if some rain ruined a part of the qualifying practice session. Alex...

PRAMAC D'ANTIN MOTOGP TEAM IMPROVES AT SHANGHAI

After the rain of the Friday, the Pramac d'Antin MotoGP riders had the possibility to ride with dry conditions today, even if some rain ruined a part of the qualifying practice session. Alex Hofmann is optimistic, there have been small improvements with the DUNLOP tyres and the German rider knows he should get the chance to begin having fun on track. He will start from the 16th position on the grid, while Jose Luis Cardoso from the 19th. The Spanish rider was victim of a crash this morning, fortunately without any consequences, but that didn't allow him to make many kilometres, as he only made 20 laps during the whole day. A pity because the development of the tyres demands a lot of work.

Tomorrow the race of the MotoGP class will start at 3 p.m. in China (GMT+8) and the whole Team is obviously hoping for dry conditions.

Alex Hofmann #66 (16th - 2'01.972): "Today, during the qualifying practice, the time at our disposal has been limited because of some rain, at half session, that forced us to remain in the pits. However, we managed to do a good job and we're ready for the race. I'm optimistic because we have found a good direction to work on. Today, the qualifying tyre also worked better than usual, and that's a pity we had no time to use the second one. Anyway, the development work we're making with the tyres is beginning to give some results, the race tyres have shown a small improvement and we're confident. Tomorrow my aim is to make a good start, get a good position from the first laps and keep it. I hope to give some good satisfactions to my Team and all the sponsors that believe in us".

Jose Luis Cardoso #30 (19th - 2'02.948): "This morning, I rode for the first time on the dry track of the Chinese circuit, we made some test with the tyres but unfortunately I crashed after some laps. It happened as I was in a change of direction but I didn't really understand the reason. Fortunately, I didn't hurt myself too much and I would like to thank the Clinica Mobile for their assistance, they have been treating me very well. Then, during the qualifying practice, I felt some pain but finally had the opportunity to test some tyres. That's a pity it rained at half session because we needed to make more kilometres. Anyway, I want to thank my Team, they really worked a lot yesterday, and today as well".

Emanuele Martinelli - Track Engineer of Alex Hofmann: "About the setting of the motorcycle, we found a good base that now allows us to concentrate nearly completely on the development of the tyres, and today, with dry conditions, things went obviously better than yesterday on the wet track. We had the possibility to test a new rear tyre and there have been small improvements. Unfortunately, some rain at half session made us lose some time but the whole Team has worked in a very efficient way and we're ready for the race".

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Jose Luis Cardoso , Alex Hofmann