BIG FIGHT FOR HOFFMAN AT PHILLIP ISLAND

ALEX HOFMANN conquest the 13th final position after a big fight under the Australian rain. The German rider of the PRAMAC D’ANTIN MOTOGP has done a great race without any fear on his DUCATI DESMOSEDICI GP06 “Sat”. JOSE LUIS CARDOSO, even though he had some difficulties with the DUNLOP tires, showed determination and ended the race in 17th position.

Two starts, the first declared in dry condition and the second one in wet condition for this spectacular Grand Prix.

On the grid with HOFMANN and CARDOSO were actually present the Australian Rugby Champions of the MELBOURNE STORM, JAKE WEBSTER and GREG INGLIS to watch the race.

The next race will be the end of this long tour, in Asia, Japan, on the 24th September at Motegi.

 

ALEX HOFMANN #66 (13th): “I had a lot of fun and I gave the maximum! The second start had been really good for me even though it was raining. From the 17th position on the grid I managed to get immediately the tenth position, fighting with the other riders for some laps. Then, the rain was actually stronger, I had to go a little bit slower and they overtook me. I went back to the pit-box to change the bike and take the one with the rain settino and tires. Then I began to take back some positions, overtaking Tamada, Elias, Pedrosa and Hopkins. Unfortunately, the track began to dry and these riders went back in front of me as my rear tire was consumed at this time. A real pity as I could have ended in the top ten. I’m happy to have obtained important points again and to have been the first DUNLOP rider to end the race. I want to thank the whole team for the great work they have done during the whole weekend. It has been a pleasure to get to know champions as WEBSTER and INGLIS! I send them all my best wishes for their career.”

 

 

JOSE LUIS CARDOSO #30 (17th): “I gave my maximum in these conditions but I can’t be satisfied. I went back in the pit-box twice to change the rain tires that were finished and that’s why I lose a lot of time instead of fighting with my team mate for a good result. I really want to make something good during the next race in Japan”.

 

LUIS D’ANTIN – Team Manager: “A great work for HOFMANN. He has done a really good job to adapt himself to the circumstances and he fought really good to take back many positions. The result as the best DUNLOP rider is a good prize for him and the great work he did during the whole weekend. In Japan, we will try to make our best once again, to end the season in a positive way.”

 

1. Marco Melandri            in 44’15.621

2. Chris Vermeulen              at 9.699

3. Valentino Rossi                at 10.526

4. Sete Gibernau                 at 10.615

5. Nicky Hayden                  at 10.694

13. Alex Hofmann               at 1’48.233

17. Jose Luis Cardoso         at 3 laps

 

Conditions: Wet / Air: 23°c / Ground: 33°c / Humidity: 13%

 

 

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