« This was a fantastic weekend for us »
An excellent result for the team Pramac d'Antin, which obtained the top ten with both riders in Istanbul's race.Alex Barros, protagonist of an absolutely perfect race, missed the podium by very few seconds, finishing in fouth position.
The race was tough from the beginning when some riders crashed blocking the track, but fortunately the Brazilian was able to continue his fast race to reach the leading group.Hofmann, after a fall in the warm up session, wasn't in the best condition.
However, he found the right spirit to continue and secured nineth place by overtaking Valentino Rossi just two laps from the end. Thanks to this wonderful Sunday, the team will face tomorrow's optional test with strong motivation, determined to have good race in Shangai too.
Alex Barros 4°: I'm very happy because this one was a fantastic weekend for us. We started with some difficulties but we ended very well! We worked hard during the past two days, making some changes to my DUCATI GP7 set-up to find the best solution that allowed me to be fast. Inspite of being penalised by my low starting position, I made good start, which was very important for this result. It was a wonderful race for me, I had close struggle with the some other riders and I was near to the podium. I'm unhappy about it, but Loris was very determined, when I overtook him he push at his maximum to pass me again..
I would like to thank my team for the good work done, Bridgestone and Ducati for the competitive material they've given us and Pramac that gave me all their confidence. This result is very important, it gives us the strength to go on.
Alex Hofmann 9°: I'm very satisfied with this day. It was a bad start with my fall during the warm-up, but at the end I completed a good race.
After my fall, I wasn't at 100%, I have some aching ribs that make breathing difficult, certainly nothing really grievous, but it hampered me. During the race I was always near the leading group, unfortunately I couldn't join them, but I'm equally satisfied; this one in Istanbul was my best race!
I'm so grateful towards all my Team that did great work and I want to thank everyone. We're hoping for a good race in China too.
Luis d'Antin Tem Principal: I think I can be really satisfied after this race. First of all I'm happy for my Team that did excellent work. Both Barros and Hofmann weren't in their best condition, the first one because of bad flu, and the second due to his fall in the morning, but all gave their best. Barros fought to the end, obtaining a very important fourth position and Hofmann showed he has the right spirit as well. These last weeks haven't been very good for the Team, a day like this is deeply important for us.
I want to thank Bridgestone and Ducati for the technical material and all the sponsors that believe in our project.