Portuguese GP: Pramac d'Antin Friday notes

The circuit of Estoril is hosting round fourteen of the MotoGP World Championship.  The Portuguese circuit is located just a few kilometers from the coast, and is  reknowned for being a tricky and technical track, as well as having ...

The circuit of Estoril is hosting round fourteen of the MotoGP World Championship.  The Portuguese circuit is located just a few kilometers from the coast, and is  reknowned for being a tricky and technical track, as well as having shifting weather patterns.   Due to the circuit’s emphasis on high speed cornering and low-speed flickability, the right balance of the motorcycle and tires is fundamental.  The Pramac-d´Antin team finished the first day of Free Practices with Alex Barros in ninth and Alex Hofmann in eighteenth.   



<strong>Alex Barros ( 27 laps. 1´38´61).</strong> “I was really upset with this morning’s free practice, so I charged ahead this afternoon to improve my results.  I changed quite a few aspects of the motorcycle, and immediately I felt much more comfortable on my Ducati Desmosedici.  On one of my last laps, I was headed towards a low 1:38, but a small mistake in a curve cost me some time.  For tomorrow, we’re going to change a couple more things and I expect to lower my rhythm about a half second.  We’re looking to be as competitive as possible on Sunday”.


<strong>Alex Hofmann (24 laps. 1´39´11).</strong> “Of course, that this is not the result I expected.  We worked well on the "set-up", but this is a circuit in which there is a lot of pressure coming onto the brakes and in some zones I find I’m still suffering from my hand injury.  I’m not at 100%, but I’m shooting to drop my times a lot tomorrow and I want to be able to fight among the top ten in the race”.

-credit: pd'a

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Alex Barros , Alex Hofmann