US GP: Pramac D'Antin Saturday notes

Very hot weather today on the track of Laguna Seca in California. The ground temperature almost reached 60c and made it nearly impossible to further improve the laptimes. The two riders of the Team PRAMAC D'ANTIN MOTOGP suffered these conditions a...

Very hot weather today on the track of Laguna Seca in California. The ground temperature almost reached 60c and made it nearly impossible to further improve the laptimes. The two riders of the Team PRAMAC D'ANTIN MOTOGP suffered these conditions a lot and didn't managed to repeat the laptimes they obtained in the morning with the DUCATI DESMOSEDICI GP06 "Sat.". The German rider ALEX HOFMANN classified himself in 17th position while his Team mate, the Spanish rider JOSE LUIS CARDOSO, is 19th. The whole Team is hoping for a race under lower temperatures, to express itself at the maximum. The start will be at 2 p.m. (GMT-7).

ALEX HOFMANN #66 (17th - 1'25.420): "Unfortunately, when things are going better, something always happens. In the afternoon, the temperatures really were crazy. It wasn't possible to replicate the laptimes done in the morning as the grip wasn't the same anymore. A real pity because we could have made improvements. I also lose some time at mid-session when my motorcycle stopped and I had to go back to the pit-box, running with my leather suit and my helmet on. Anyway, the situation was difficult for everybody and if the race will be in these conditions it will be very hard. I hope that tomorrow will be a fresher day, I would like to make a good race".

JOSE LUIS CARDOSO #30 (19th - 1'26.567): "This morning, we improved from yesterday and I was optimistic. Unluckily, the weather conditions changed in the afternoon, the temperature became too high and it was very difficult to make again the laptimes of the morning. For tomorrow, we hope that it will lower a little bit, I would like to get some more points for the general classification".

EMANUELE MARTINELLI - Track Engineer of Alex Hofmann: "Yesterday and this morning, we managed to work quite good on the set-up of the motorcycle. Unfortunately, this afternoon, the temperature increased very much ; it was impossible to ride on the same laptimes and even more to improve anything. Besides, in these nearly off-limit conditions, an electronical problem actually being checked switched HOFMANN's motorcycle off at mid-session, making us lose some precious time. We're moderately satisfied about the race tires, while there is still a lot of work to do on the qualifying tires. Tomorrow, we hope that it won't be that hot during the race".

-pda-

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Drivers Alex Hofmann