However the weather conditions were quite unstable today, both the sessions of free practice have been on dry track. The atmosphere at the Sachsenring Circuit is always particular and there already was thousands of fans to follow the riders on track today. ALEX HOFMANN is racing at home, this can be seen by the determination with which he faced these first practice sessions. The German rider, willing to make a good result in front of his public, classified himself in 16th position, while his teammate, JOSE LUIS CARDOSO, is 18th. All the data is being studied now, to get ready for the second day of practice and define the best set-up for Sunday’s race.

ALEX HOFMANN #66 (16th – 1’25.092): “I’m happy to “race at home”, because it’s my national GP and also because I’m back with my Team. Obviously, it’s always quite difficult to get back with your rhythm immediately but I’m confident. The tyres have improved, I can stay longer with the other riders and I’m having more fun. Tomorrow, we will try some modifications and I hope to improve my feeling to ride in a better way and lower my best laptime. In some corners of the track, we already found a good balance of the motorcycle and in other ones, we still need to find the best set-up especially on the front. We will analyze all the data to go on improving more and more”.

JOSE LUIS CARDOSO #30 (18th – 1’25.707): “I like this track. There are some modifications to make on the bike for tomorrow but, generally, things are operating quite good. I will make the maximum tomorrow, I want to improve myself and I’m confident because I have a good feeling on the motorcycle. The only pity is to have crashed in the last lap, my mechanics will have to work a lot to get my bike ready for tomorrow, I’m really sorry about it”.

EMANUELE MARTINELLI – Track Engineer of Alex Hofmann: “I could say that, after all, today’s practice is to be considered quite positive. HOFMANN, after his experience in the Official DUCATI Team, has to get back his feeling with the DESMOSEDICI GP06 “Sat.” and the DUNLOP tyres. From the last races, our distance from the first riders is lower. There have been less difficulties with the tyres, DUNLOP has made a small step ahead. We know where we need to concentrate our work tomorrow: in the last part of the track, HOFMANN needs more feeling with the front and we need to work on the suspensions. It will be useful to study all the data we collected today, to find valid solutions and improve ourselves during the last practice sessions. Anyway, the whole Team has been working very good and I’m confident for tomorrow”.


1. Marco Melandri              1’23.145

2. Daniel Pedrosa              1’23.486

3. Loris Capirossi               1’23.490

4. Nicky Hayden                1’23.525

5. Kenny Roberts Jr.          1’23.676

16. Alex Hofmann             1’25.092

18. Jose Luis Cardoso       1’25.707



Conditions: Dry / Aria: 20°c / Ground: 27°c / Humidity: 33%


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