Italian GP: Pramac d'Antin preview

PRAMAC D'ANTIN TO CONTEST SECOND HOME GP -- THIS TIME MUGELLO Team Pramac d'Antin contests its second home GP so far in this Championship after the mixed results obtained in last weekend's Le Mans race, when Alex Hofmann claimed a sensational ...

PRAMAC D'ANTIN TO CONTEST SECOND HOME GP -- THIS TIME MUGELLO

Team Pramac d'Antin contests its second home GP so far in this Championship after the mixed results obtained in last weekend's Le Mans race, when Alex Hofmann claimed a sensational fifth position while Alex Barros was decidedly unluckier.

MotoGP veteran Barros has previously been a regular protagonist at the Italian Mugello track and claimed a premier class victory there back in 2001. Alex Hofmann, although with less experience in comparison with his Brazilian team-mate, will take part in his 100th GP in Mugello, determined to repeat the wonderful result obtained in Le Mans. The race in Mugello is one of the most exciting and eagerly-anticipated MotoGP world championship events, where both Team Pramac d'Antin riders will be supported by passionate fans that will adorn the Tuscan resort. The race weekend will start on free practice on Friday 1 June building up to the race on Sunday 3 June that will take place at 2pm CET.

Alex Barros:

"I know the Mugello circuit very well and I think I was one of the first riders to run there after its renovation. I also won a premier class race there back in 2001 and, for this reason, I'm quietly confident for the race. The most important thing is that my team continue to work in a positive way. In fact, during the two previous races, we obtained a perfect set-up with the Bridgestone-Ducati package, but unfortunately, the race didn't give us the deserved result. I hope that in Mugello, everything will be perfect. The track is really adapted to Ducati bike, we have to make the best use of the engine potential that we have. Before I arrive in Tuscany, I will spend one day in Borgo Panigale in Ducati's company. I'm very happy to receive this invitation and I hope I can reward them with a good race; obviously I would also benefit from some overdue luck when we start on track!"

Alex Hofmann:

"The wonderful race that I had in Le Mans has given me further enthusiasm for the race in Mugello. For us it is a very important leg of the championship since it is the home race for Pramac and Ducati and I will do all I can to get a good result. The track is one of my favourites, very fast and fluent, and it is perfect for our Desmosedici. In my opinion the race in Mugello is one of the most exiciting in the Championship. There is always a special atmosphere and each year thousands of passionate fans cheer us on which gives me an extra motivation. My focus in this race is to finish in the top ten, because I would confirm the level of performance I showed in France and, furthermore, it would be a fitting occasion to say thanks to Pramac, Bridgestone, Ducati and my Team for the consistently good work they have accomplished so far this season and for the confidence they have given me."

Luis d'Antin -- General Director:

"For our Italo-spaniard team, the next world championship event is really important. The Mugello GP is one of our home races and we hope to be very competitive both to confirm the potential we have shown this year and to say thanks to all of our partners that will be there. Certainly, we still have a lot of work to do, but since the beginning of this championship, our team has demonstrated its ability to be competitive, so if we have some luck and everything works in the right way, I am sure that we will achieve a positive and satisfying result."

THE CIRCUIT

Mugello held its first race in 1976. The 5,245km track was relatively recently refurbished and is characterised by fast and slow turns, changing gradients and a long straight, all of which is enjoyed by riders and spectators alike.

-credit: pda

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Alex Barros , Luis d'Antin , Alex Hofmann