Turkish GP: Pramac d' Antin race notes

Improvements for Alex Hofmann during the race Alternate luck today for the Team Pramac d'Antin MotoGP. The German Alex Hofmann improved 1,3 sec. his best time: from the 1'57''46 he did on the Friday (on Saturday the conditions were wet)...

Improvements for Alex Hofmann during the race

Alternate luck today for the Team Pramac d'Antin MotoGP. The German Alex Hofmann improved 1,3 sec. his best time: from the 1'57''46 he did on the Friday (on Saturday the conditions were wet) he made a good 1'56''149 during the race, maintaining this rhythm nearly for the 22 laps of the race. Hofmann fought with Checa to enter the area of the points, during most part of the race. Then Checa passed him and his motorcycle threw smoke and oil on the Pramac d'Antin MotoGP rider, that was afraid the engine of the Spanish could break and so he slowed down a little bit, loosing the chances to conquest some other point in the general classification and be the first DUNLOP rider at the end of the race. He classified himself 16th, while JOSE LUIS CARDOSO retired because of an electronic problem. The next race will be at Shanghai in China, on the 14th May.

ALEX HOFMANN #66 (16th): "At the beginning of the race I kept it easy, then I reached my Team mate Cardoso, Ellison and finally Checa. I managed to enter faster in the corners, I had more trust on the front, lap after lap, and all this allowed me to make improvements. I had a good rhythm and I was the first DUNLOP rider from the 12th until the 18th lap, fighting with Checa. Unfortunately, during the 19th lap, the Spanish passed me and some smoke and oil went out of his bike. I was afraid his engine could explode or lose oil on the track; I didn't want to crash and so I slowed down a little bit. The bad luck is that not long after I retreated, things went alright for him but it was too late for me and I couldn't get back the ground I had loosen. A real pity, I would have obtained one more point in the championship classification and I would have been the first DUNLOP rider in the MotoGP class here in Turkey. I felt a lot of trust around me today, and I believe more in the 2006 project".

JOSE LUIS CARDOSO #30 (retired): "Unfortunately, in the 5th lap, I had an electronic problem and had to go back in the pits. We solved the problem and I went back on track but my race was obviously ruined and we took advantage of the situation to test another tyre. I improved my Friday's best time nearly one second but this has really been an unlucky day and I'm quite disappointed. Anyway these things happen during the races. We will make up for it in China, in two weeks".

EMANUELE MARTINELLI - Track Engineer of Alex Hofmann : "All things considered, we are happy even if we didn't manage to conquest the third consecutive point. When we have the opportunity to work in regular conditions during the whole weekend, we know that we can get some good results. Our aim is to conquest more points and enter the Top Ten before the end of the season".

-pda-

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