Qatari GP: Pramac D'Antin preview

THE PRAMAC D'ANTIN MOTOGP TEAM IS PRIMED AND READY TO START THE 2007 MOTOGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP It's officially World Championship race-season at the Losail Circuit of Qatar, where the new, prototype 800cc machines will compete in their...

THE PRAMAC D'ANTIN MOTOGP TEAM IS PRIMED AND READY TO START THE 2007 MOTOGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

It's officially World Championship race-season at the Losail Circuit of Qatar, where the new, prototype 800cc machines will compete in their first race during the New Era of MotoGP, replacing the 990 four-strokes utilized in past seasons. The Pramac D'Antin MotoGP Team is excited to begin the fantastic new challenge that the 2007 MotoGP World Championship presents, and comes equipped with a fierce determination to achieve maximum results. After a successful pre-season, which saw the team regularly challenging for the lead amidst the front-runners, and an internal revolution in both the technical and organizational departments, the Team is primed and ready to fight, and it is with this new attitude for the new era that Pramac D'Antin MotoGP will contest the 2007 MotoGP World Championship. The return of Alex Barros, whose extensive experience in MotoGP is invaluable, the resurgence of Alex Hofmann, who brings youth and vitality, the excellent material provided by Ducati, our new tire supplier, Bridgestone, and the Team's restyling and new image for 2007, are all vital elements of the Italospan Team, which wants to be as competitive as possible. The race weekend will begin on Thursday, March 8th, with free practice, while the race will will be run on Saturday, March 10th.

Luis d'Antin -- Team Principal: "Finally the first race has arrived and we are looking forward at this moment! After the good results of the winter tests, in particular at the Losail Circuit, we are confident to do a good race this weekend . We know that we have a lot of work to do to be very competitive in this new World Championship, but we have an high potential at our disposal and both the riders have excellent qualities. If we are able to work well on the bike, I'm sure we will achieve important results!"

Alex Barros: "I'm anxious to get the 2007 World Championship started! The tests in Qatar went very well for us, and we found a good race setting and a good tire solution, also; this make me very confident that we are able to make a good performance. Despite one year away from MotoGP, I reached good feeling with my Ducati GP7 almost immediately, at the first winter test of '07. I'm deeply motivated and I can't wait to mix it up again with the fastest riders in the world!".

Alex Hofmann: "I'm ready and very excited to get down to the track! For us, it's very important start the season well from the very first race. We have solid foundation to start from, thanks to the excellent test we just had this past month at this circuit. This track itself isn't very fast, and there are lots of direction changes, so for this reason it's important to have an agile and balanced bike. I really love this kind of course, where our tires work really well, and I hope to performance at my best and obtain excellent results. This year is very important for me, because with the material at our disposition we can be highly competitive. I want do my best, and forget about the past!"

-credit: pda

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Alex Barros , Luis d'Antin , Alex Hofmann