Chinese GP: Pramac d'Antin race notes

ANOTHER HIT IN THE POINTS AREA FOR ALEX HOFMANN Alex Hofmann gets another point in the General classification of the 2006 MotoGP World Championship. Fifteenth at the arrival with his Ducati Desmosedici GP06 "Sat.", the point he obtains is a...

ANOTHER HIT IN THE POINTS AREA FOR ALEX HOFMANN

Alex Hofmann gets another point in the General classification of the 2006 MotoGP World Championship. Fifteenth at the arrival with his Ducati Desmosedici GP06 "Sat.", the point he obtains is a small prize for the whole Pramac d'Antin MotoGP Team that really did a good job during the whole weekend, despite the difficulties due to the tyres. Jose Luis Cardoso managed to finish the race 17th, the Spanish rider is going on improving however he didn't ride much on Friday neither on Saturday. Next appointment on the 21st May at Le Mans in France.

ALEX HOFMANN #66 (15th): "During the whole weekend, I always gave the maximum. Today, it was clearly impossible to make anything more. The pity is not having managed to be the first DUNLOP rider, this was our main target. Anyway, my Team did a really good job, we improved a lot from the winter and, now, we finally found a good work direction to take, which makes us optimistic. Today, unfortunately, we only had one other option of tyre to choose and this situation penalized us. During the race, I gave my 100%, I also tried to change the line, to brake in different ways, but it was impossible to make more than what I did. So, I can say that obtaining another point in the Championship classification makes me happy and rewards a bit all the work we did during the whole weekend. See you in France in a few days!".

JOSE LUIS CARDOSO #30 (17th): "I'm happy for having finished this race. I didn't ride much during the Friday and Saturday practice, because of the bad weather and some crashes, and the race consequently was an incognita. For these reasons, I'm quite happy about my race. During the first 12-13 laps, I had a good feeling, better than during the practice, I had a good rhythm and this surely is a positive thing. Then, in the last laps, there were some difficulties with the tyres, and I also went a bit down physically, because of the crash I did on Saturday morning. I would like to thank my Team once again, for the big commitment they've been demonstrating, but also the whole Clinica Mobile staff, that took care of me in a very nice way yesterday, and even more today. They all have been very nice to me and they allowed me to take part to the race in the best way as possible".

LUIS D'ANTIN - Team Manager: "Today both our riders made the maximum, and this shows us we need to go on working in the same way during the next races. The level of our motorcycle is good but we need to underline we are committed to a High Level Championship as the MotoGP one. Our Official Tyres' Supplier, DUNLOP, has to understand that, for these reasons, a human, technical and economical effort is needed, which should be at the level of the circumstances. Today we only had two tyres at our disposal and this kind of situation really makes our work more difficult if we want to be competitive. Let's see what will happen in France, at Le Mans".

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