ALEX HOFMANN, thirteenth at the arrival with the DUCATI DESMOSEDICI GP06 “Sat.”, conquests three points in the General classification of the 2006 MotoGP World Championship. In this way is rewarded the constancy and the big engagement of the whole PRAMAC D’ANTIN MOTOGP Team, that make a very good work during all the weekend despite the considerable difficulties due to the DUNLOP tyres, for both riders. Unfortunately, JOSE LUIS CARDOSO retired himself.
Tomorrow the Team is staying at Le Mans for some other practice, and the next race will be at Mugello in Italy, on the 4th June.

ALEX HOFMANN #66 (13th): “Today it was not possible to make anything more, the whole Team and I are giving the 100%, but our DUNLOP tyres Official Supplier has to put at our disposal a biggest selection of tyres, to give us the possibility to go on track in acceptable conditions. A turning is needed, we are in MotoGP, the premier-class of the World Championship, and it is not normal to have to face this kind of situation. The new tyre that they brought us here in Le Mans obviously was better during the practice but its performance in the race was not sufficient. In the first laps, It had no uniform behaviour, then it improved for some turns. I had a quite good rhythm, but in the last laps it was very difficult to control the motorcycle, it seemed to me to be training for a rodeo and I finished the race exhausted. The only consolation is the three points that I obtained for the general classification of the Championship”. JOSE LUIS CARDOSO #30: “I had a good start, I was 12th in the first lap. Unfortunately, after some laps, I had to go back in the pitbox to change a defective tyre. I went back to track with an equivalent but new tyre and my times immediately improved. I didn’t finish the race because I had loosen too much ground and, in the middle of the other riders, I could only bother them”.

EMANUELE MARTINELLI – Track Engineer of Alex Hofmann: “This weekend, DUNLOP brought us a new tyre that was a bit better and we obviously used it for the race, not having other choice. Some laps were needed before the tyres reached the ideal temperature, then it worked in a good way during some ten laps before beginning to lose adherence. Recently, our work only is based on the tyres, all our practice is used to try to increase the performance of the tyres and obtain more durability. Tomorrow we will stay here to do more practice, hoping that it will be useful for the race at Mugello”.

1. Marco Melandri in 44’57.369
2. Loris Capirossi at 1.929
3. Daniel Pedrosa at 2.269
4. Casey Stoner at 5.494
5. Nicky Hayden at 5.709
13. Alex Hofmann at 1’09.092

Jose Luis Cardoso : retired

Conditions: Dry / Air: 20°c / Ground: 29°c / Humidity: 27%


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