DUNLOP, ONCE AGAIN ...
DUNLOP, ONCE AGAIN # A difficult race at Mugello
However the sun was finally shining today on the Italian track of Mugello, the Pramac d'Antin MotoGP day remained in the shade. Alex Hofmann, that had a good start, unfortunately crashed out the corner "Correntaio" in the 9th lap, betrayed by the front part of his motorcycle. A crash happily without any physical consequences. Jose Luis Cardoso, at his time, arrived 17th under the chequered flag, on the Ducati Desmosedici GP06 "Sat." with Dunlop tyres.
For tomorrow are predicted other tests for the whole Team, obviously on the Mugello Circuit in Italy, while the next race will be at Barcelona, Spain, on the 18th June.
JOSE LUIS CARDOSO #30 (17th): "I had some difficulties with the tyres, the motorcycle was sliding a lot and, for this reason, it wasn't possible to do more. I'm disappointed because I would really have liked to obtain my first points on a track as Mugello, in front of all our sponsors and supporters.".
ALEX HOFMANN #66 (crashed out - Rider OK): "I had done a really good start, I was with all the other riders. Then, unfortunately, I lose ground because my tyres didn't reach their ideal temperature quickly enough, making me lose time in the first laps. After that, I rode in a quite good way, managing to get a rhythm quite similar to the riders I had in front, and that's why I tried to go a bit faster. Unfortunately, It didn't work and I lose the front in the corner "Correntaio". A real pity but these are things that happens when you're out of the limit".
LUIS D'ANTIN (Team Manager): "Today were repeated the problems we're having from the beginning of the season. Despite the meetings with the Dunlop head- technicians searching for solutions, these solutions still don't arrive, seriously compromising the sporting and economical interests of the Team, its riders and sponsors. Not much time before the race, our tyres engineer confirmed us that Carlos Checa had at his disposal a different tyre from ours, one thing that, following our point of view, doesn't respect the signed agreements with Dunlop. For these reasons, and in front of this difficult situation, it only remains me to ask Dunlop the immediate and integrate completion of the undersigned agreement. Otherwise, I will be forced to begin the legal actions that my lawyers would retain more opportune, defending the legitimate interests of the Pramac d'Antin MotOGP Team. I mean that, in a sporting competition at the level of MotoGP, we should have the necessary capacity and professionalism to resolve the actual unpleasant situation".