Pramac d'Antin greets America's Cup South African team

THE PRAMAC D'ANTIN MOTOGP TEAM MEETS THE AMERICA'S CUP TEAM SHOSHOLOZA A particular and emotional day for Alex Hofmann and Jose Luis Cardoso. The two riders of the Team Pramac d'Antin MotoGP met the South African Team Shosholoza, the youngest of...

THE PRAMAC D'ANTIN MOTOGP TEAM MEETS THE AMERICA'S CUP TEAM SHOSHOLOZA

A particular and emotional day for Alex Hofmann and Jose Luis Cardoso. The two riders of the Team Pramac d'Antin MotoGP met the South African Team Shosholoza, the youngest of the twelve teams that will compete in the upcoming and prestigious America's Cup. The Shosholoza basecamp, situated in the Valencia Port, is where Hofmann and Cardoso lived the great experience of sailing on the RSA 83 Yacht of the South African Team. The two riders, at Valencia for the last race of the 2006 MotoGP World Championship this weekend at the Ricardo Tormo circuit, were welcomed in an exceptional manner by Sports Director Tommaso Chieffi, who introduced them to the whole Team. Both teams exchanged their official shirts before taking part in a race simulation on the official yacht of Team Shosholoza. Hofmann and Cardoso both had a specific duty onboard and experienced unforgettable emotions during this race simulation. Alex Hofmann, who already has sailing experience and a license, took the chance to talk about technical details with the Boat Captain Tim Kroeger, the only German on the Team, in his second America's Cup.

ALEX HOFMANN: "I am very impressed! The Team welcomed us in a very nice way and it has been fascinating to watch these 17 people work on the boat. Everything is totally different from our sport : I need technicians before and after the race, but during it, I'm alone out there! Meeting these athletes, it was very interesting to share and compare details about our different sports. Besides, it also has been great and absolutely impressive how easily the boat can surf the waves. I had a lot of fun and it has been a great pleasure to get the chance to experience this".

JOSE LUIS CARDOSO : "It's great to know that the AMERICA'S CUP will take place in Valencia next year! I've always wanted to come and see that whole impressive organisation and how the teams are training and sailing. Today, with Alex, we had the great opportunity to watch everything from the inside and I was very happy to meet team Shosholoza. The sailing and the race simulation were fantastic; these are sensations that I won't forget. I want to thank the whole South African team for their invitation and their welcome".

-credit: pramac d'antin

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Jose Luis Cardoso , Alex Hofmann