Japanese GP: Pramac d'Antin race notes

IN MOTEGI ALEX HOFMANN PUSH TO THE MAXIMUM, AND CARDOSO IS UNLUCKY The PRAMAC D'ANTIN MOTOGP riders faced the Japanese Grand Prix with the maximum care on their DUCATI DESMOSEDICI GP6 "Sat". After a good start and 24 laps to the maximum, ALEX ...

IN MOTEGI ALEX HOFMANN PUSH TO THE MAXIMUM, AND CARDOSO IS UNLUCKY

The PRAMAC D'ANTIN MOTOGP riders faced the Japanese Grand Prix with the maximum care on their DUCATI DESMOSEDICI GP6 "Sat". After a good start and 24 laps to the maximum, ALEX HOFMANN ended the race in 16th position, close to the points' area. JOSE LUIS CARDOSO, despite the big motivation he showed, didn't finish the race as he went out of track during the second lap. There are two races left to close the 2006 MotoGP World Championship. These will take place in Europe; the first in Portugal on the next 15th October in Estoril, the second and last one in Valencia, as the classic appointment of the end of the season.

ALEX HOFMANN #66 (16th): "I gave all I could during 24 laps but I didn't managed to bring back home the result I wanted. I had a constant pace and the bike was stable. My feeling with the front was good and the braking was alright, but I had problems in acceleration. I couldn't exploit it to attack the other riders, the lack of grip on the rear didn't allow me to make anything more. Anyway we made the maximum and I have to thank everybody".

JOSE LUIS CARDOSO #30 (not classified): "Unfortunately, the race hasn't been as I expected. I started with big motivation but, at the beginning of the second lap, I ended out of the track at the end of the straight line, in front of the pit-boxes. The motorcycle remained stuck in the sand and I was forced to retire myself. Now we're going back to race in Europe and I hope that the last two races will be favourable to me".

EMANUELE MARTINELLI - Track Engineer of Alex Hofmann: "HOFMANN kept a pace that we didn't expected. Today's temperature was slightly higher than during the last days and this partially helped us. The motorcycle was balanced alright but the traction difficulties on the rear didn't allow us to make anything more. The data of these last three races will be useful to analyze what happened and try to keep on developing the motorcycle in the right direction".

-credit: pda

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