Qatari GP: Alice Team race report

FIRST RACE AND FIRSTS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS FOR THE ALICE TEAM Alice Team Riders, Toni Elias and Sylvain Guintoli, have conquered the firsts world championship points in the first race of the MotoGP season on the Losail International circuit...

FIRST RACE AND FIRSTS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS FOR THE ALICE TEAM

Alice Team Riders, Toni Elias and Sylvain Guintoli, have conquered the firsts world championship points in the first race of the MotoGP season on the Losail International circuit in Qatar. The first World Championship historical nocturnal race, hasn't be so lucky for the French-Hispanic duo, as both riders found some complications during the race. The Spanish rider (Elias) has meet some difficulties straight away since the first laps he was going slower compared to the time registered during warm up. Only in the last few laps Elias has found a good rhythm concluding in fourteenth position. Guintoli, on the other side, has started decently, but lost the rhythm from the tenth lap. The rider, at the second year in MotoGP, has concluded in fifteenth position. Next round at the Jerez de la Frontera Grand Prix in three weeks time, on March 30th, for the first European MotoGP World Championship round of the season.

Fabiano Sterlacchini -- Technical Director

"I still have a bit of sour taste in my mouth because we could have surely done better. Now we have to analyze the data because Toni was telling us about a problem with the front part of the bike. We had this problem for the all weekend, but we didn't expect to compromises so much our performances. This morning, in the warm up, we had a rhythm of eight tenths of a second per lap faster and, seen the race lap times, we could have fought for much better positions."

Toni Elias -- Alice Team Rider (14th position -- 14th in the MotoGP Classification)

"It's not a positive result, I am not happy, it has been a difficult race. I found many problems with the front, but we still don't know what happened. We have to check the data to understand the reasons why we were going almost a second per lap slower compare to the warm up. This morning's rhythm could have allowed us to enter the top ten, but since the third lap things weren't going as we expected. We only have to work hard. The Team is doing its work and soon better results will come."

Sylvain Guintoli -- Alice Team Rider (15th position -- 15th in the MotoGP Classification)

"In the fast corners I couldn't push to the limit and the bad cold I have made me sweat a lot and now I feel without energies left. The front part of the bike has worked really well during the all race, while I lost a bit of grip with the rear in the last laps. Sincerely this weekend lap times have been the same of the race, therefore we couldn't expected much more. We have to concentrate for the next weekend of racing and improve the setting of the bike to fight for better positions."

-credit: pda

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Toni Elias , Sylvain Guintoli