Phillip Island : Pramac d'Antin - Preview
It's on the Australian circuit of Phillip Island that will take place the second of the three extra-European races of these three weeks of September.
The German Alex Hofmann, in the points again during the last competition
in Malaysia, wants constancy to end the season in the best manner.
Himself and the Spanish José Luis Cardoso have done Winter Test on this track and this will surely be very useful to make a good race with the Ducati Desmosedici GP06 “Sat.” of the Team Pramac d'Antin MotoGP.
The first session of free practice will be on Friday 15 September at 10.00 a.m. in Australia, GMT+10.
Luis d'Antin (Team Manager): "We are at the second of three weeks of intensive work. In the first race in Malaysia, we managed to be in the points with Alex Hofmann, we will continue making our maximum to be constant and to go on improving. Thanks to the Test that were done here this winter on this circuit, we already have a lot of information to start the free practice. I'm confident and we're all enthusiast to improve and make a good race on Sunday."
Alex Hofmann: "Phillip Island is in the list of my favourite track, it's one of the most beautiful ones! Besides, in 2004, I made here my best result, a good 8th position on the grid. I really like to ride on this track, the temperature also is fresher than it was in Malaysia and these conditions will surely allow us to work better. I'm really motivated, to obtain a good result here is very important for me and I hope everything will work in the best way.
During the Winter Test, things already went quite good and I hope to go on with the improvements to make a good race."
José Luis Cardoso: "This is already the second race, this time in Australia! Let's hope that the lower temperature will help us! I really want to make a good race, there are 4 left in the 2006 calendar and I would like to conquest more points in the classification, my Team deserves it, they're working very hard to put me in the best conditions every time. I will do my best to obtain a good result."
CIRCUIT DETAILS – Il circuito di Phillip Island ha ospitato il primo Grand Prix dell'Australia in 1989. Dal 1991 al 1996, Il campionato del Mondo si è trasferito ad Eastern Creek, prima di tornare in maniera definitiva a Phillip Island.
The circuit of Phillip Island, Australia, is situated 70 miles south of Melbourne, on an Island linked to the mainland by a bridge. Its track is one of the fastest and most fluid of the MotoGP World Championship, more than being one of the most beautiful. With its view on the Ocean, it's long 4448 metres and has got 13 corners (7 on the left and 5 on the right). The only drawback can be the weather. Often the rain and high winds can batter the Island in September-October but it's a small price to pay for such a magnificent race track. In the past, there had been racing on the roads of the holiday Island for many years but it was only when it was modified to its present day 4,448 km configuration in 1988 that it gained international recognition.
The track and facilities were completely revamped for grand prix motor cycle racing and the result was a circuit that is the favourite for the majority of the MotoGP stars. The track simply flows through a series of undulating bends finishing in a long downhill start and finish straight.
The circuit staged the first Australian Grand Prix in 1989 and to the delight of the whole nation was won by Australian Wayne Gardner riding the Honda. Gardner won the next year but then the Australian Grand Prix venue was switched to Eastern Creek near Sydney. It returned to its original home in 1997 and has remained ever since.