Toni Elias, Alice Team rider, has registered great lap times since the warm up concluded with the fifth fastest lap time.
Then in the race, where he started in thirteenth position, he has made understood that today it was a completely different story.
Incredible overtakes that allowed him to find himself in sixth position after only seven laps.
But the Spanish rider wanted more, pushing his Ducati Desmosedici GP8 Sat with Bridgestone tyres to the maximum reaching in short time the group battling for second position. In just a few laps, thanks to spectaculars overtake, the second position was secured and he was able to control the distance from the third rider, Loris Capirossi.
First podium of the Alice Team's history and a lot of happiness in the garage.
His teammate, Sylvain Guintoli, hasn't been so lucky today. In the warm up he even registered better lap times compared Elias, but during the race he found a technical problem that didn't allowed him to push at the limit. The Frenchmen has concluded in twelfth position and will try to do much better in the next world championship round in Misano in two weeks time.
Fabiano Sterlacchini – Alice Team Technical Director
“Surely a great day for us. Since Friday we understood that we could have fought with the fastest riders on this track and Toni has been superlative today. In the warm up we have found a great compromise for the race that allowed Toni to make an incredible comeback. We hope to remain at this level till the end of the season. Unluckily Sylvain, who also registered very interesting lap times during the all weekend, encountered some technical problems that didn't allow him to give his best.
We are sure he will be able to do better in Misano.”
Toni Elias – Alice Team rider (2nd in the race – 12th in the MotoGP World Championship)
“I am very happy by my performance. Since Germany we have improved a lot also thanks to the new technical material received by Ducati. I also thought I could have done a podium in Laguna Seca but I committed a mistake and I couldn't make it. Today everything went in the right direction. I am sure that we can maintain the same level for the rest of the season. I heard rumors that wanted me in Superbike next season: I never spoke to anybody in Superbike and I want to remain in MotoGP for many more years. I am happy to work in the Alice Team and with the Pramac Racing structure. If things will go well in this final part of the season I don't see why I should change Team.”
Sylvain Guintoli – Alice Team rider (12th in the race – 14th in the MotoGP World Championship)
“This morning everything seemed perfect. I registered very interesting rhythm that would have allowed me to be easily in the top five during the race. Unluckily, after only a few laps, I lost grip with the right side of the front tyre and my lap times were more than a second slower compared to this morning. I don't know what happened, we are analyzing the situation, but I am very disappointed because we could had have a really good race.”