<strong>BARROS ON THE THIRD ROW AT SACHSENRING GP, DIFFICULT QUALIFYING SESSION FOR HOFMANN</strong> Under bright sunshine and scorching track temperatures, the Pramac Dántin riders took to the track for the second day of the...
<strong>BARROS ON THE THIRD ROW AT SACHSENRING GP, DIFFICULT QUALIFYING SESSION FOR HOFMANN</strong>
Under bright sunshine and scorching track temperatures, the Pramac Dántin riders took to the track for the second day of the Grand Prix of Germany.
Alex Barros, still in pain from the yesterday morning's crash, performed superbly and will start the race from the third row alongside the Factory Ducati of Loris Capirossi. The Brazilian rider had hoped for something more at this racetrack, but is justifiably happy with his qualifying result that was remarkably set using Bridgestone race tires instead of the qualifying rubber. Even more, the time was set while riding with a right hand injury that made hard braking and delicate throttle control very difficult, something that the tight and technical Sachsenring circuit demands. With the race set-up of his Desmosedici well defined, Barros brings considerable confidence to the starting grid for tomorrow's race.
Alex Hofmann, however, was unable to improve late in the qualifying session and will begin the race on a mission to salvage as many positions and points as possible as he tries to remain close to 2006 MotoGP World Champion, Nicky Hayden, in the overall points classification.
Alex Barros (1'22.897 -- 26 laps): <em>"First of all, I would to thank all the Clinica Mobile medical staff who have given me a lot of help since yesterday's crash. This morning, as I was about to leave the garage for the morning free practice, I felt a strong pain in my hand and I had to stop my practice session and go to the Clinical Mobile. They did a great job, and I was able to contest my Qualifying practice in the afternoon in much better shape.
This afternoon I had hoped I could do a little better, but I'm quite satisfied because a third row start isn't so bad, and with my hand condition I couldn't do more. The thing that makes me confident is that I did my best lap times with race tires, so we are well positioned to have a good race. Now I hope to have a good start and that my hand won't be hurting too much; but as I have already said, I have a lot of faith in the medical staff's ability, and I'm sure that I will be able to ride as hard as possible."</em>
Alex Hofmann (1'23.199 -- 21 laps):</strong> <em>"I'm not very happy - my result wasn't good and tomorrow will be a difficult race for me. This afternoon we started the qualifying session well, and with the race set-up we had a solid race pace, but when we dropped the qualifying tires on, I wasn't able to improve my times as much as I wanted to. My grid position is really a penalty for this race, because this track doesn't offer a lot of places to overtake. I hope to finish the race in the top-ten, but I know that will be ve ry difficult for me, because my hand isn't completely healed.</em>