<strong>ALEX HOFMANN NINTH AT HIS HOME GP, ALEX BARROS CRASHES OUT ON LAP NINE</strong>
The tenth MotoGP championship appointment concluded with a hotly contested race characterized by a lot of crashes.
In the sweltering heat of the afternoon sun at Sachsenring, which
saw track temperatures soar past 50 degrees celsius, many riders were
unable to finish their races, and unfortunately one of the victims of
this situation was Alex Barros, who lost the front after nine laps and
crashed. Fortunately, he did not injure his damaged right hand
further, which was hurt in a large crash on Friday morning, and aside
from additional aches and pains, Barros is ready for the upcoming Red
Bull US Grand Prix in Monterey, California, just one week away.
Alex Hofmann, also riding with a damaged right hand, was able to finish the race with a solid ninth position, earning seven more important Championship points despite hand surgery less than a week prior.
<strong>Alex Barros (crashed out):</strong> <em>"I'm very unhappy with my race result. In these past few days, injuries and all, I was still able to perform well in the free practices, and for Today I hoped to get a good result. I got a strong start, but after just few laps I knew that something wasn't so good; Today the tires were not working very well, but also my hand gave me some difficulties.
Probably, this combination was responsible for my fall. I did my best to ride in this race, but of course, my physical condition wasn't so good. Now my wound is a lot more painful because the anaesthetic effect is wearing off, but even if only partially, I hope to recover some for the next week in Laguna Seca. </em>
Alex Hofmann ( 42'36.410 - 9th classified ):</strong> <em>"It was a difficult race for me, because of both the very hot temperatures and now my hand is aching. I'm very tired, but at the same time happy for my final result because after only one week from my surgical operation I thought that I wouldn't be able to ride. My starting grid position really hurt me, but I made a good race start by trying to remain with the group and pushing more in the final laps. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to do this because today we had some difficulties with the tires and especially in the rear, we didn't have enough grip. Now I have a couple of days for me to relax and then we'll be racing at discuss Laguna Seca, where I hope to be in better shape."</em>
<strong>Luis d'Antin -- Team Manager:</strong> <em>"For us it was difficult weekend. Hofmann had just been operated on his hand and Barros had an accident on Friday. Before we'd arrived in Germany, we expected a lot from this race, and our prediction was to be in the top-five. Unfortunately, it wasn't possible. I'm very satisfied with Alex Hofmann's result, but we want to be better. Now we have to look to the future, as we have a consecutive appointment in the USA, and we hope to achieve our aim of getting good results."</em>