The Team PRAMAC D’ANTIN MOTOGP faces the home appointment with more enthusiasm. The seventh round of the 2006 MotoGP World Championship will be this weekend on the Catalunya Circuit, near Barcelona, Spain. The two riders, ALEX HOFMANN and JOSE LUIS CARDOSO are ready to go on track with the DUCATI DESMOSEDICI GP06 “Sat.”, with DUNLOP tyres, and they will try to conquest more points for the 2006 MotoGP World Championship classification. The whole Team is very motivated and will work very hard to get a good result in front of all the sponsors and the supporters that will be present for the occasion.
The first session of free practice will be on Friday 16th June at 10:00 a.m..

LUIS D’ANTIN (Team Manager): “We’re back in Spain, and this weekend will be very important for all our Team, which race department is in Madrid. To race at home increases our motivations, we also have a Spanish rider, JOSE LUIS CARDOSO from Sevilla, and we will make our best working efficiently from the first practice sessions to obtain a good result in front of our public and our sponsors”.

ALEX HOFMANN #66: “Catalunya is a beautiful track, more than all really fast and quite similar to Mugello, as it has a very long straight. Generally I can say I like it. I’m confident fot this weekend. During the IRTA Test of this winter, we had some difficulties and so we will have to work very hard to improve ourselves, but the whole Team really wants to make something good. Here in Spain I will try to give the maximum as I always do, and I really hope to conquest other points for the general classification of the Championship”.

JOSE LUIS CARDOSO #30: “I’m really enthusiast and motivated!! Coming back racing in Spain where I really would like to obtain some points! The Catalunya track is a track I know really good, being in Spain, my country. With our DUCATI I did some practice during the IRTA Test and this will surely help us. I hope we will have more luck than usually. For me it would be great to conquest my first points on this track, in front of my public, at home”.

The “Circuit de Catalunya”, inaugurated in September 1991, is situated at about 20km at North of Barcelona. It is considered to be one of the best designed circuits of the recent era and it also received, in 2001, the prestigious trophy for the “Best Grand Prix” that give IRTA each season.
It has a general admission capacity of 104.000 spectators. It’s track is 4727meters long and has 13 corners (8 right and 5 left corners). This circuit, as the Mugello one, has a very long straight, more than 1km long, and this allows the motorcycles to obtain really high speeds. Its track has a sequence of really large corners, some very fast chicanes and two tight left corners. In some points, it looks like Jerez, also for its uneven ground, near the braking points. About the setting of the motorcycles, it’s a very difficult track. Because of the very fast big corners, the stability of the front is fundamental, but it has to be obtained without sacrificing the general balance of the motorcycle, especially because the riders, for the most of the time, are down, waiting for the moment to use the whole power of their motorcycles in the accelerations.

Longest straight: 1,047m
Width: between 11 and 12m
Pole Position: right
Direction: clockwise
MotoGP – Circuit record: 1’43.195 (Valentino Rossi – 2005)
MotoGP – Fastest Lap: 1’42.337 (Sete Gibernau – 2005)
2005 MotoGP race: 1st Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) 2nd Sete Gibernau (Honda) 3rd Marco Melandri (Honda)


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