Italian GP: Alice Team preview

ELIAS AND GUINTOLI LOOK FOR PRECIOUS POINTS IN THE TENTH ALICE GRAND PRIX IN THE MOTOGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP The Alice Team is preparing for the Alice Grand Prix of Italy, where riders Toni Elias and Sylvain Guintoli will try their best to honour...

ELIAS AND GUINTOLI LOOK FOR PRECIOUS POINTS IN THE TENTH ALICE GRAND PRIX IN THE MOTOGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

The Alice Team is preparing for the Alice Grand Prix of Italy, where riders Toni Elias and Sylvain Guintoli will try their best to honour the tenth MotoGP race branded Alice, as it also is the title sponsor of the structure managed by Luis d'Antin. In fact, the brand Alice of Telecom Italia, present in Italy, France, Germany and Holland, has been the title sponsor of various MotoGP race since 2005. This will be for sure an extra motivation for the Alice Team riders to do well, as until this moment they haven't obtained the hoped results awaited at the beginning of the season.

The Mugello circuit, which host for the twenty-third time the Italian Grand Prix, is characterized by many changes of elevation and fast corners that makes it one of the most difficult and entertaining of the 18 tracks included in the MotoGP 2008 calendar. In addition the fans that invade the hills aside the circuit makes this sport event even more special and unique. Weather forecast are still uncertain for the weekend on the Tuscan's hills, but there should be improvements which would allow the MotoGP riders to race with dry race track.

Alice Team Principal, Luis d'Antin, is expecting a positive reaction after the not exciting race in Le Mans where riders Toni Elias and Sylvain Guintoli have respectively concluded in eleventh and thirteenth position: "We knew Le Mans wasn't going to be the most favourable track for our bike. We found many difficulties and at the end we managed to conquer only a few points for the World Classification. At the Mugello things should be different for us. The outline of the circuit is fit much more the characteristics of our Ducati Desmosedici and therefore we have all the we need to obtain good results, also seen the podium we have conquered last year with Alex Barros. Unfortunately we didn't participate to the Le Mans test because at the beginning of the season, when we have chosen all our tests, we decided to do them on other circuits. In fact, after Mugello we will have Barcelona race, where the following Monday and Tuesday we will have the possibility to try some new technical solutions on our Ducati."

Toni Elias, who at the moment is in fourteenth position in the world classification just eight points from the top ten, believes in the next two races, Mugello and Barcelona, to gain positions: "For sure I am not satisfied on this beginning of the season. I am doing all possible to improve my self and I hope to obtain better results soon. Mugello and Barcelona are two tracks which I really like and if we make it to find a good balance of the bike since Friday I am sure we could do well. In the Italian Grand Prix 2006 I finished in seventh position, in 2007 sixth… it would be good to keep improving even if by only one position."

After the home Grand Prix delusion, where Sylvain Guintoli wanted to do much better than the thirteenth final position, the French rider is in perfect physical condition to give his best at Mugello: "I feel really good. This weekend I will give my best as usual to conquer as many points possible for the world classification. In Le Mans things didn't go as we expected. Now we have six races in the next eight weeks. It will be a good period to know better and better our bike and adapt my riding style. The bike has a great potential and we can do much better than what we have done until this moment."

-credit: pd'a

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Alex Barros , Toni Elias , Sylvain Guintoli , Luis d'Antin