SATISFAYING TIME FOR HOFMANN DURING ISTANBUL'S FREE PRACTICE, BARROS CONFIDENT OF IMPROVEMENT The first day of the season's third race weekend, this time at the Istanbul circuit, has just finished. The morning testing wasn't too successful due...
SATISFAYING TIME FOR HOFMANN DURING ISTANBUL'S FREE PRACTICE, BARROS CONFIDENT OF IMPROVEMENT
The first day of the season's third race weekend, this time at the Istanbul circuit, has just finished. The morning testing wasn't too successful due to track conditions, but during the afternoon both the Pramac d'Antin riders were able to try different set-up solutions for their Ducati GP7s and obtain strong results for further improvement tomorrow.Alex Barros, completed only 14 laps because of a small technical problem, but all the same, he was satisfied with his day and confident of better tomorrow.The German, Hofmann, is very satisfied to have posted the fifth quickest time in the morning session and eighth during the afternoon.
Alex Barros (1'56.233 -- 14 laps): "The very positive thing of this day, was that we can try the bike on this track that I don't know very well. I raced only once here in 2005 and I haven't a lot of data at my disposal; finally today I had this possibility. The work we did was focused in particular on the frame and set-up; we obtained important results to use tomorrow. We are moving in the right direction, but we still have a lot to do. In general, I'm satisfied with this day and confident to have beautiful race on Sunday."
Alex Hofmann (1'55.736 -- 19 laps): "If I consider my time only, I'm obviously happy, but the things to improve are still too many, so we can't be entirely pleased. We have to continue to work hard. I like this track a lot, but unfortunately conditions aren't very good and I fear they will be worse during the race; but it isn't my personal problem, it is the same for everyone! If I look at Stoner's and Loris' result, I'm very confident, because today they've done very well. For this reason I think with the DUCATI GP 7 we can obtain good results, if we improve the bike's set up. As concerning the tyres, we utilised two different kinds of Bridgestone, but we aren't yet sure which one to go with in the race on Sunday.