<strong>ALEX BARROS RETIRES WITH ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS, ALEX HOFMANN FINISHES ELEVENTH</strong> A difficult weekend concludes that sees a lone five points scored by Alex Hofmann who finished strongly in eleventh place here in ...
<strong>ALEX BARROS RETIRES WITH ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS, ALEX HOFMANN FINISHES ELEVENTH</strong>
A difficult weekend concludes that sees a lone five points scored by Alex Hofmann who finished strongly in eleventh place here in Misano. Alex Barros, riding a brilliant race and making a comeback from seventeenth on the grid and fighting for sixth place regrettably dropped out of the race with an electrical problem. The German pilot continues to heal from his accident in Laguna Seca, and rode a solid race, making time lap after lap and having a great battle with Shinya Nakano, ultimately losing in the final laps when his hand had lost strength under hard braking.
<strong>Alex Barros (DNF).</strong>
“This morning we set the bike up to have a great race, and as
we showed from the start, I was making up positions and was looking
good to have a good result with my Ducati. It’s such a
pity that a n electrical problem forced me to quit and ruined all
the work we did this weekend. I’m very unhappy with what
happened, and I’m sorry for the team. We’ll do our
best to put everything back the way it should be and get some points
<strong>Alex Hofmann. (11th. 45´24,01).</strong> "Though I feel like I had a great race, I’m not happy at all by the results. This was one of the most physically difficult races I’ve ever had in my life, and even though I was able to pass Nakano in the final laps, my hand was giving out and under hard braking I lost the position back to Shinya. We’re looking forward to a little rest before Estoril, where we’re going to come out swinging and see what we can do.".
<strong>Luis d’Antin (General Manager).”</strong> It has been a complicated weekend for us, but it actually could have finished well for Barros if not for the electrical failure. It’s sad because Barros was looking like he could have nailed sixth place or even better. I’m sorry for him, the technicians, and above all, the whole team – but these are the races. Hofmann clearly demonstrated his physical abilities, coming back from such a serious hand injury and showing that he was going to fight all the way until the checkered flag! The Hoff almost got into the Top Ten, but Shinya is a good rider, too, and that’s just how it goes. The next race we will be ready to fight with everything we’ve got.”.