Sepang : Pramac d'Antin - Day 2
The qualifying session of the thirteenth round of the 2006 MotoGP World Championship in Sepang was cancelled due to safety reasons created by extremely heavy rainstorms.
Race Direction made the decision to line up the riders on the
grid according to the riders' fastest lap times from the three Free Practice sessions which were held yesterday and today.
Alex Hofmann will start from the 17th position, with a best time of 2'04.706, while Jose Luis Cardoso will start from 19th, with a 2'05.958. The German rider, who is motivated and ready to race, will try to confirm his presence in the World Championship by increasing his standing in the points, while the Spaniard's aim is to achieve a good result for a positive end to the season.
The race will start tomorrow at 14:00 (08.00 hrs GMT).
Alex Hofmann (17th - 2'04.706): "I want to race in wet conditions, because I really like it. We have already found the best set-up for us during the three free practice sessions and tomorrow we will try to exploit that in spite of the inconsistent traction from the rear. The tyre we chose for the race gives me more consistent performance so I'll try to do my best to achieve important points."
José Luis Cardoso (19th - 2'05.958): "We are ready for the race whether we ride under wet conditions or dry.
The setting of the bike is clear, but we still have grip problems. I want to have a good race tomorrow, regardless, and gather some important points."
Emanuele Martinelli – Chief Mechanic for Alex Hofmann: "We found the best set-up possible during the free practices. The bike and suspension are working well, but we still do not have the grip that will maximize our performance capability. Tomorrow we will check some last details during the warm–up and make minor adjustments in order to have a good race."