Japanese GP: Pramac d'Antin Saturday notes

COMPLICATED DAY FOR THE PILOTS OF THE PRAMAC-D´ANTIN TEAM. The second and defining day of Free Practices for the category of MotoGP has concluded, with intense heat playing a significant part and making it difficult to work throughout the...

COMPLICATED DAY FOR THE PILOTS OF THE PRAMAC-D´ANTIN TEAM.

The second and defining day of Free Practices for the category of MotoGP has concluded, with intense heat playing a significant part and making it difficult to work throughout the entire day. This affected the general classification and contrary to the last races, no Ducati was able to classify for the race on Sunday within the first five positions.  The pilots of the Pramac-Dantin Ducati team continued to have problems today, and Alex Barros will start from the fifth row while his team mate, Shinichi Ito, will start from the seventh.  The race will start at 2:00 PM, local time, and will consist of a total of 24 laps.

<strong>Alex Barros (20 laps. 1´47´36).</strong> "Even though my position for tomorrow says otherwise, we have done some important work with the general set-up of the bike and with the tires, and I was able to lap with a constant rhythm of 48.5, a time which will allow me to gain positions depending on the weather conditions at the time of the race and at the start.  In the Qualifying session, we mounted a tire that was harder to give me more confidence, but the track temperature was very high so it didn't benefit me at all.  Tomorrow I hope to have a good start, and if the weather is cooler I'm confident to make a good race".

<strong>Shinichi Ito (20 laps. 1´49´54).</strong> "I couldn't get to a good point with the general set-up, and the transmission combination wasn't accurate, so tomorrow we will try to get more out of my Ducati GP7.  During the warm-up, we will apply various modifications with the objective of making a better set-up for the race.  If it rains tomorrow for the race, I will hope for a good start and intend to get a good result.  I'm pretty good in the wet, but we know the risks that come with wet asphalt and those variables can change the results".

-credit: pd'a

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Alex Barros , Shinichi Ito