Spanish GP: Pramac D'Antin race notes

ALEX BARROS ELEVENTH IN JEREZ, SOME TECHICAL DIFFICULTIES FOR HOFMANN Both the Pramac d'Antin riders leave Jerez de la Frontera Circuit unhappily. This, which for them was one of the important races in the Championship, is finished in a not very...

ALEX BARROS ELEVENTH IN JEREZ, SOME TECHICAL DIFFICULTIES FOR HOFMANN

Both the Pramac d'Antin riders leave Jerez de la Frontera Circuit unhappily. This, which for them was one of the important races in the Championship, is finished in a not very satisfactory way.

Alex Barros, had difficulties with both the rear tyre of his DUCATI GP7 that didn't allow him to be quick in the straight and also made some mistakes during the two lasts laps in the struggle with Vermeulen and Nakano, which cost to him the loss of two positions. The Brazilian, who finished in eleventh position, is quite satisfied with his race, but he said, he wants to be more competitive in the next round. 

This day was more difficult for Alex Hofmann, because of some technical problems on the starting grid, he was forced to come back to the pit garage and change his bike soon after the first lap. The German from  Mindelheim, who during the testing proved to have good possibilities for achieving strong results, waits confidently until the next race to forget this unlucky weekend and to reach is goals.

The next date of this World Championship, will see the Pramac d'Antin MotoGP Team in the Turkish Grand prix, that will take place on the Istanbul Circuit, on Sunday, April 22nd.

Alex Barros: "This race has not really been as I expected but I did tried till the end to obtain the best possible result! The start wasn't perfect, but my first ten laps were quite good, the constant pace I had permitted me to move up four positions, from thirteenth to the ninth position. After this, I had some difficulties with the front tire and the race became harder for me; my riding style leads me to push a lot on the front tire and when its performances are lower I suffer a lot. Nevertheless, it was a good race, battling myself with  Vermeulen and Nakano until the end, then when Chris and I touched, I found it difficult to recover immediately and Shinya overtook me right on the finishing line. I'm very sorry about this because I'm sure I could be on the first six positions if I would not have problems with the front tire."

Alex Hofmann -- excluded: "There are no words to describe this day! I really wanted to have a good race today, I was determined and concentrated but in the end I could not make more than two laps! Immediately after the start, I realized I could not accelerate because of a technical problem, so I returned to the pit box to change my bike. I'm really unhappy because my race pace during practices was constant. Even today, I could  run my last lap in 1.41,9". If I could continued my race, I think I could move up till the tenth or eleventh position. I' don't know what I can say, I want to forget this day and focus on the next race in Istanbul."

-credit: pda

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Alex Barros , Alex Hofmann