PRAMAC D'ANTIN MOTOGP : READY FOR THE HOME RACE However the temperatures were rather cold for the season, the practice sessions of this Saturday were both on a dry track. With the Ducati Desmosedici GP06 "Sat." (Dunlop tyres), the ...
PRAMAC D'ANTIN MOTOGP : READY FOR THE HOME RACE
However the temperatures were rather cold for the season, the practice sessions of this Saturday were both on a dry track. With the Ducati Desmosedici GP06 "Sat." (Dunlop tyres), the German Alex Hofmann will start from the 18th position on the grid, while the Spanish Jose Luis Cardoso from the 19th.
Tomorrow, the race of the MotoGP class will start at 2 p.m. on the Mugello circuit and the whole Team obviously hopes to go on conquesting points for the classification of the 2006 MotoGP World Championship, in front of all their sponsors and supporters.
ALEX HOFMANN #66 (18th - 1'52.100): "Today we went on working on the tyres and on the set-up definition of our DUCATI for the race of tomorrow. I'm not satisfied, we slightly improved the rhythm for the race but we're still quite far from our aims. A pity was when, at the end of the session, I was slowed down by two riders that had some problems while I was making a fast lap with the qualifying tyres; I would surely have gained half a second and one position on the grid. The whole Team worked very hard, we made the maximum with the tyres we had at our disposal and we will go on tomorrow morning during the warm-up ; there are still many difficulties with the race tyres. Anyway, tomorrow, I will do my best to get to obtain more points in the general classification of the Championship, I would like to make a good result in front of all our sponsors and supporters".
JOSE LUIS CARDOSO #30 (19th - 1'52.780): "Today there were some difficulties with the set-up of our motorcycle. The tyres we had at our disposal didn't have enough duration ; we tested different configurations to lighten the problem but without finding any real satisfying result. Besides, I had other difficulties, some chattering didn't allow us to improve more, and we will now have to resolve all this during the warm-up, to get the chance to make a good race in front of our public".
EMANUELE MARTINELLI - Track Engineer of Alex Hofmann: "The situation is stable, we're going on doing the maximum but there always is a limit, varying with the tyres we have at our disposal. A limit we can't overpass, we tried different set-up solutions, to give more duration to the race tyres but we can't make so much more than what we did. We slightly improved our rhythm for the race, with Alex, but that's not enough and the tyres we will use tomorrow maybe won't have enough duration to finish the race in the best conditions. A real pity, also because if we're making our best, Alex is making even more, and he really deserves much better results".
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