PRAMAC D’ANTIN: FIRST SESSIONS OF FREE PRACTICE AT BARCELONA

The day was characterized by the weather instability on the Catalan circuit, and luckily didn’t bother too much the riders of the premier-class. Although it rained at the beginning of the afternoon, the track was already dry a few minutes after the start of the practice session of the MotoGP class. This allowed the Team PRAMAC D’ANTIN MOTOGP to concentrate itself in the best way on the definition of the DUCATI DESMOSEDICI GP06 “Sat.” race set-up. The two riders, ALEX HOFMANN and JOSE LUIS CARDOSO classified themselves respectively 18th and 19th.
Tomorrow morning at 10a.m., there will be another session of free practice before the single qualifying session reserved to the MotoGP riders, at 2p.m..A very important weekend for the whole Team as it is a national race, in Spain, where many of the sponsors and supporters of the Team will be present.

ALEX HOFMANN #66 (18th – 1’45.912): “Today we made a lot of tests, especially on the race tyres, but also on the general set-up. Our biggest aim is to have a good rhythm for the race and that’s why we’re concentrating ourselves almost exclusively on this. For tomorrow, we still have one new tyre to test, then we will work on the set-up and on the suspensions of our DUCATI, to find a more adequate balance and more general stability. We’re still very far from the other riders during the races, and that’s why we prefer to work on the race configuration more than on the lap time, not only for this Sunday’s race but for the whole season’s races”.

JOSE LUIS CARDOSO #30 (19th – 1’46.207): “From this morning, we made some changes on the motorcycle but without getting the results I would have hoped. We need to compare all the data, study all the details and program the work to make tomorrow. This is a very important race as we’re in my country, in Spain, and I would like to obtain a good result in front of my public”.

ANDRE LAUGIER – Track Engineer of Jose Luis Cardoso: “This afternoon, Cardoso didn’t have the same sensations he had this morning, surely because the conditions of the track varied a bit as it rained at the beginning of the afternoon. For tomorrow’s practice, we will study very good today’s data, we will compare this morning’s session with this afternoon’s and we will go on working very hard, to allow the rider to find the good sensations he needs”.

1. Valentino Rossi 1’42.837
2. Kenny Roberts Jr. 1’42.923
3. Daniel Pedrosa 1’43.036
4. Colin Edwards 1’43.197
5. Chris Vermeulen 1’43.308
18. Alex Hofmann 1’45.912
19. Jose Luis Cardoso 1’46.207

Conditions: Dry / Air: 25°c / Ground: 30°c / Humidity: 41%

 

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