US GP: Pramac d'Antin Friday notes

Today on the American circuit of Laguna Seca, California, the sun was shining and both the riders of the Team Pramac d'Antin MotoGP took part to the first practice sessions. On this very complicated track, considered one of the most ...

Today on the American circuit of Laguna Seca, California, the sun was shining and both the riders of the Team Pramac d'Antin MotoGP took part to the first practice sessions. On this very complicated track, considered one of the most spectacular, who makes the difference is who can understand the "Corkscrew" and its descent better than others. Alex Hofmann is satisfied, he did a good job with his Team and classified himself 15th. Jose Luis Cardoso, one of the few riders that didn't ride here last year, concentrated himself on the learning of the track and is 19th. Tomorrow, the Team will try to further improve the set-up of the Ducati Desmosedici GP06 "Sat.", and select the tires to use during the race. After the last session of free practice in the morning, there will be the single qualifying practice session at 2:00 p.m, local time in the U.S. (GMT-7).

ALEX HOFMANN #66 (15th - 1'25.194): "Today I can say I am quite happy, I had fun on this track that seems to be more adapted to our tires. This morning, I already had a good feeling during the first session, I made many kilometres today and this allowed us to make a good job on the set-up ; we already have a good base even if I need to improve in two sections of the track. We are not so far from the first riders, some hundredth always can change the classification and I'm optimistic. I really like to race here, the atmosphere is great and I'm very enthusiast!".

JOSE LUIS CARDOSO #30 (19th - 1'27.020): "From this morning, I managed to improve my laptimes and my rhythm, but it's quite difficult to find the right references of the track. I raced here for the last time in 1994, in the 250cc class, actually a very long time ago, and it seems for me to ride on a new circuit. Tomorrow we will work more than all on the frame and on the suspensions ; the tires are better here than on the preceding races. Anyway, the most important will be to go on making kilometres, this track is really complicated and I need to ride a lot on it".

EMANUELE MARTINELLI - Track Engineer of Alex Hofmann: "Today I can say I'm quite satisfied about the work we did. The tires were quite a good surprise here ; there are not going bad and this allowed us to make a good job on the set-up. HOFMANN managed to ride a lot with riders usually preceding him and he reduced his gap with the first ones. It is true that on this track the laptimes are always closer but we managed to precede other riders than the ones riding with DUNLOP tires. Tomorrow, what we have left to do is selecting the tires to use during the race. The set-up is already at a good point and we will only need to perfect it".

-pda-

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Alex Hofmann