<strong>DIFFICULT RACE FOR THE PRAMAC D'ANTIN TEAM: ALEX BARROS NINTH IN BRNO </strong> The 12th round of the MotoGP World Championship ended at the packed circuit of Brno circuit with Casey Stoner and his Ducati ...
FOR THE PRAMAC D'ANTIN TEAM: ALEX BARROS NINTH IN BRNO
The 12th round of the MotoGP World Championship ended at the packed circuit of Brno circuit with Casey Stoner and his Ducati Desmosedici taking victory. The competitiveness of the red-blooded Borgo Panigale machines was confirmed once again with three Desmosedici GP7's finishing in the Top Ten. For the Pramac d'Antin Team, it wasn't an easy race. Alex Barros, the Brazilian bomber, started from the fitfh row, and was forced to make a difficult comeback ride to finally achieve the ninth position, and with it, nine more important points for the Championship classification. For the Team's spare rider, the Spaniard Ivan Silva, this was an important opportunity to show the MotoGP class his fighting spirit with a determined race and strong finish despite suffering from arm pump. The Pramac d'Antin Team will spend two more days in beautiful Brno, testing Bridgestone tires and new material from Ducati Corse. Less than a week after the tests are over, the Team heads to Misano, Italy, where they will bring their all and fight for vital Championship points.
<strong>Alex</strong> <strong>Barros (44'18.102 -- 9th position):</strong> <em>"I'm not satisfied with my result, as I had hoped for something more at this race. I made a solid start, but my grid position really hampered me. At the beginning of the race, I was stuck with a lot of riders in front of me so I wasn't able to get into the right rhythm. As a result, the tires didn't reach the optimum temperature and I wasted a lot of time before they started to work at the right level. After a couple of laps, I started going fast, but the lead group was already too far to reach. I'm very unhappy with this race result, but I'm optimistic about the future, and about obtaining a good result in Misano." </em>
<strong>Ivan Silva (45'07.220 -- 16° position):</strong> <em>"First of all, I want to say that I didn't expect anything from this race, but at the same time I'm upset with my result. I had a good start, but in the beginning I had some difficulties riding because with a full fuel tank, the bike felt different and I wasn't conditioned for it. Unfortunately, I'm not used to riding such a powerful bike, and after eight laps, I starting getting some serious arm pump. I decided to back off and save all my energy for a late race charge to catch and overtake Tamada. Another positive from this race was that the Bridgestone tires did a very good job from the start to the finish without any deterioration. I want to say thanks to Pramac and the Team for letting me have this chance to ride." </em>
<strong>Luis d'Antin -- Team manager:</strong> <em>"After the two practice days, we knew that this would be a difficult race for us, which in fact it was. I feel really bad for Barros, because the opening laps tripped him up and he wasn't able to cut loose and go. Anyway, coming back from the last positions to finish ninth, he showed his typical clearness of mind during races. Naturally, it was a little different for Ivan Silva. For him, the important thing was to experience the Ducati GP7, and in the end, despite his arm problems, he succeeded in finishing the race. We know that our bike potential is so high, we don't want to be discouraged. On the contrary, we are confident that from now until the end of the Championship we will start to show our true light. </em>