The final day of Free Practice and Qualifying in Estoril for the MotoGP class was run in a strong heat that only served to stoke the fires inside the pilots of the Pramac D'antin Ducati as they sought to fight for a top spot in the Grid.
The final day of Free Practice and Qualifying in Estoril for the MotoGP class was run in a strong heat that only served to stoke the fires inside the pilots of the Pramac D'antin Ducati as they sought to fight for a top spot in the Grid. Unfortunately, the times did not improve, compared to yesterday's, to the necessary degree, and as such, Alex Barros will start from the fifth row, alongside Marlboro Ducati Factory pilot, Loris Capirossi, and right behind them they are joined by the Desmosedici of Alex Hofmann. The Brazilian from Sao Paulo was unable to fully exploit the capabilities of his Bridgestone qualifying rubber, lacking confidence in the rear during the later stages of the Q Practice, while Alex Hofmann struggled with bike set-up, despite testing a number of different solutions that were inconclusive towards getting the maximum out of the rider/machine combination. The race tomorrow will start at 3PM (Local Time), and will run for 28 laps.
"What can I say? This position is not, of course, the one that I, or the team, wanted, and the race is going to be very difficult starting from so far back. The "grip" from the rear is not working for me, and I don't have the right feeling on corner exit. During tomorrow's "warm-up", we want to test a tire that I think will be better for the race. The best thing I can do at this point is get the best start I can and pass as many people within the first two laps - that way I have the best shot at getting to the top five. I almost did it at the last race, so I'm hoping to do it tomorrow".
"The truth is that this position wasn't unexpected. Today we have worked hard on testing various chassis and electronic settings, looking for that extra second, but at the end, we weren't able to improve like we wanted to. I want to check some things out in the warm-up tomorrow, and I'm thinking that will put us in better shape for the race. It's going to be a long and hard one, with this many guys in front of me, but I'm ready to grip it and rip it".