STEPS FORWARDS FOR THE ALICE TEAM IN THE PORTUGUESE GRAND PRIX At the third appointment of the season, after the difficulties met during the first two Grand Prix races in Qatar and Jerez de la Frontera, the Alice Team riders, Toni Elias and ...
STEPS FORWARDS FOR THE ALICE TEAM IN THE PORTUGUESE GRAND PRIX
At the third appointment of the season, after the difficulties met during the first two Grand Prix races in Qatar and Jerez de la Frontera, the Alice Team riders, Toni Elias and Sylvain Guintoli, have improved their performances. The end of this not-so-lucky period for the Hispanic-Italian Team is still far, but this can be considered as a good starting point. During the warm up, when the track was wet, Sylvain was at ease on the Estoril circuit, but, unluckily for him, in the first hours of the Portuguese afternoon, the track completely dried out. On the contrary, Toni, who encountered some difficulties in the 25 minutes of morning work concluding in 18th position, found a good setting of the bike in the afternoon and finished in 12th position.
The Spaniard's start from the 14th position wasn't the best, in fact, at the end of the first lap he found himself in the 18th place and he remained there until the 11th lap when he caught up with Anthony West and overtook him. On the 15th lap he made a double overtake. In fact, in only one lap the Spanish rider managed to pass two Ducati riders, his teammate Guintoli and Marco Melandri. The aggressive rider, who has won three times on this track, twice in 250 and once in MotoGP, left behind the duo, finishing the race in 12th position with almost six seconds of advantage.
Guintoli tried until the last meter to overtake Melandri, but on the finish line he was, unfortunately, behind him by only one tenth of a second, concluding in 14th position. Tomorrow will be a day of testing for the Alice Team, before the next World Championship round on May 4th, for the Pramac Grand Prix of China.
Fabiano Sterlacchini - Technical Director
"Without a doubt this is a discreet starting point. Actually, in Jerez and in Qatar, we were much slower during the race. Here we have done a bit better. We understood some things that we hope will allow us to improve in the near future. We see the light at the end of the tunnel, even if it is still too far. Also Sylvain has done well and this is really important for the Team. We can think positive now and we believe we can take further steps forward in the next grand prix in China."
Toni Elias - Alice Team rider (12th position - In MotoGP classification: 16th)
"The first part of the race was hard. I couldn't go very fast and not because of the rain on the track. When the fuel tank lost some weight, I started to sensibly improve my lap times and I was able to overtake a group of riders. This made us understand that we have too much weight in the front part of the bike. We have to improve and I hope that, thanks to tomorrow's test, we will find some interesting solutions. The 12th position doesn't satisfy me, but at least this time I finished in front of West and Melandri. As I said since the beginning of the season, we have to take one step at a time."
Sylvain Guintoli - Alice Team rider (14th position - In MotoGP classification: 18th)
"Surely, having seen the warm up times, we hoped to find a wet track for the race as well in order to be more competitive. But it didn't happen, and the sun dried up the circuit. But, of course, we don't have to depend on the weather conditions and we have to find a good solution for dry tracks too. In fact, also thanks to the laps done today, we have obtained some interesting information. We hope this information will be helpful for the next grand prix."