CARDOSO AND SILVA: DETERMINATION FOR DONINGTON PARK

Third and last of three consecutive races in Europe, the British Grand Prix, that will take place at Donington Park this weekend, will be the ninth round of the 2006 MotoGP World Championship. Real feat of strength, this appointment in England is significant for both riders of the Team PRAMAC D’ANTIN MOTOGP. JOSE LUIS CARDOSO wants to confirm the good result he obtained in the incredible race of Barcelona, and the young, determinate and promising IVAN SILVA, already wants to amaze at his second apparition in the MotoGP class, on the DUCATI DESMOSEDICI GP06 “Sat.”. For ALEX HOFMANN, continuity on the Official DUCATI replacing the injured Sete Gibernau. Conviction, engagement and tenacity are the watchwords of the Team PRAMAC D’ANTIN MOTOGP to aim at a good performance during the British Grand Prix
The first session of free practice will be on Friday 30th June at 10.00 a.m., English time.

LUIS D’ANTIN (Team Manager): “ALEX HOFMANN will still replace Sete Gibernau and we will still have the Spanish IVAN SILVA with us. After a very positive debut at his first ever race with a MotoGP bike, I’m sure that he will be able to aim at a better result here in England, he’s learning very quickly and we do trust his capacities. About CARDOSO, our aim is to get more points for the Championship general classification”.

JOSE LUIS CARDOSO #30: “It’s been a very long time since I was at Donington for the last time. I think it will be as a new track for me, with a very different motorcycle. Anyway, I’ve got very good memories about this track, I remember I liked it a lot. I can’t wait to go on track, there is a lot of work to do and I’m really motivated, I want to get some more points for the classification, after the ones I obtained in Barcelona. My whole team deserves it”.

IVAN SILVA #22: “Donington is a new track for me, I never rode there. With the whole team, we will go on working very hard, with a lot of motivation and engagement. I need to learn the most possible to demonstrate what I’m worth to everybody, I would like to have the opportunity to take part to the next World Championship season in the MotoGP class. In the meanwhile, I would like to thank once again everyone, Luis d’Antín, PRAMAC, all the sponsors and the whole Team, for this great opportunity they’re giving to me”.


CIRCUIT DETAILS

The circuit of Donington was built in 1931 to stage motorcycle events and closed down during the Second World War. Left derelict, it was bought in 1971 by a local and motor sport enthusiast businessman, Tom Wheatcroft. The circuit was reopened in 1977 after huge investment and always remained one of the best circuits in Britain. Located in the beautiful countryside of Leicestershire, in the English Midlands and near to the village of Castle Donington, its natural amphitheatre facilitates excellent viewing possibilities to the spectators.
The track is 4023 meters long and has 11 corners (7 right and 4 left corners). It’s quite fast and has a flowing layout broken up by a slow second-half of tight corners. A combination of smooth racing and good corner speed that has to be combined with last-gasp braking and hard acceleration.

Longest straight: 564m
Wide: 10m
Pole Position: left
Direction: clockwise
MotoGP – Circuit Record: 1’29.973 (Colin Edwards – 2004)
MotoGP – Fastest Lap: 1’27.897 (Valentino Rossi – 2005)
MotoGP 2005 Race: 1° Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) 2° Kenny Roberts Jr. (Suzuki) 3° Alex Barros (Honda)

 

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