The Pramac D'Antin MotoGP Team Ends The Official Test In Qatar On a High Note
The three day test at the Losail Circuit in Qatar has ended for the Pramac d'Antin MotoGP Team in a very positive way. Today, after two rather difficult days, the Team was able to obtain quality results, confirming the high potential shown during the last Tests at Phillip Island and Sepang. Alex Barros, hailing from the land of the samba, rode 57 laps recording a best time of 1'56.950 on qualifiers, while the racer from Mindelheim, Alex Hofmann, completed a total of 67 laps, throwing down a solid 1'56.310 with his BRIDGESTONE tires that secured him the third best time of the afternoon and the fourth best of the day. The next Pramac d'Antin MotoGP Team engagement will be IRTA test that will take place at the Jerez de la Frontera Circuit, from the 23rd of February through the 25th.
Alex Barros (1'56.950 qualification tires - 1'57.324 race tires):
"Today felt better than yesterday; we have completely changed bike's set-up and I found a good feeling. The feeling that the BRIDGESTONE tires gave us today was decidedly better with respect to yesterday. We could have made a better time, but on my last lap with qualification tires, I fell down and I wasn't able to fully utilize the one at my disposal. At the end of this test, I'm satisfied and confident that we're headed in the right direction to begin the championship in a good way."
Alex Hofmann (1'56.315 qualification tires - 1'57.200 race tires):
"Today was a good day, the Team did a great job and we were able to obtain some pretty good results. We worked a lot on the bike, constantly tweaking with the general set -up. The BRIDGESTONE tires felt very good, and my racepace is constant. I'm fast with the current configuration and also my race one, which allowed me to obtain my best times. For me, it was an important day because I solidified my confidence in the bike and just like in Australia, I showed that I can be fast. We'll be ready for the first championship race!"
Luis d' Antin - Team Principal:
"I'm very satisfied with the work we completed. The first two days of this test were difficult for our Team, but today everything felt decidedly better. We were able to find a good overall balance to the bike and our times dropped. After this three days test, we realize that the next 2007 MotoGP Championship will be very difficult, but the Team has committed itself to be as competitive as we can be. We're getting a grip on things, but there is still a lot to do, and we must to be united in order to continue working well. I would like to thank the whole Team and our riders, for their great performances. Special thanks to DUCATI and BRIDGESTONE, for the competitive material that they have given us."
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