An excellent race for Alex Hofmann, but without any happy ending. From the 17th position on the grid, the German rider showed what he's able to do, overtaking first tamada and then Gibernau, both experienced riders with a high-quality technical ...
An excellent race for Alex Hofmann, but without any happy ending. From the 17th position on the grid, the German rider showed what he's able to do, overtaking first tamada and then Gibernau, both experienced riders with a high-quality technical package, and reaching the tenth place that actually meant the Top Ten. Unfortunately, a crash at three corners from the arrival made all the dreams of the German rider vanish, even if he managed to arrived in 14th position. With this result, he still obtains two more points for the Championship general classification even if he was deserving a lot more today. Jose Luis Cardoso passed under the chequered flag in 16th, nearly getting into the points' area. The Spanish rider is already thinking about the next race that will be on the 20th August at Brno in Czech Republic. The MotoGP World Championship is now stopping for the usual summer break, about three weeks long, every Team does deserve after the tour de force of the last two months.
ALEX HOFMANN #66 (14th): "It has been a beautiful race, but the last lap will remain one of the most horrible of my whole career. I had a good start, passing various riders on the outside. Tamada went back in front of me, but he hadn't got the right rhythm to reach the riders that were preceding us and I lose much time behind him. It has been very difficult to pass him but then I went away and reached Gibernau, overtaking him as well. I had a very good feeling with my bike and, even if I nearly was off-limit, I always rode with a good rhythm and it has been a lot of fun to overtake riders that actually were unreachable until today. For me, this race has been the best of the season about the tires as well. I can't explain my crash in the last lap very well, I'm not sure of what happened, I lose the front in the left corner after the Corkscrew, maybe because of the precarious conditions of the track. Errare humanum est and I'm really disappointed".
JOSE LUIS CARDOSO #30 (16th): "At the beginning of the race, I managed to have a satisfying rhythm but after seven or eight laps, the motorcycle began to slide a little bit and I retrograded. It has been a very difficult race, because of the very high temperatures but also psychologically as making a race alone and in these positions is quite boring. Now I want to take advantage of the summer break at the maximum, to relax and get ready for the race in Brno, a circuit I really like a lot and that I know very well, having very recent references too as I raced there last season in the Suoerbike class. I would like to thank my Team for the great work they did during the whole weekend".
LUIS D'ANTIN (Team Manager): "Today Hofmann made a great race, the best of the whole season, he really deserved to end the race in the Top Ten. Unfortunately, he committed an error and paid it very much. These are the races. I think that today's result is hopeful, and our Team won't surely stop to fight right now. This has also been the first time the tires behaved in a reasonable way".