Looking for a good race pace
During today's free practice sessions of the fourteenth round of the MotoGP World Championship, the riders of Pramac D'Antin MotoGP worked carefully and diligently to find their best set-up.
ALEX HOFMANN placed 15th this afternoon, and JOSE
LUIS CARDOSO 17th, and they didn't loose the opportunity to prepare themselves to the utmost for Sunday's race.
Both PRAMAC D'ANTIN MOTOGP riders focused on the overall balance of their DUCATI DESMOSEDICI “Sat” machines,and on the DUNLOP tires they will choose for the race.
With the weather conditions completely different from the winter tests, and also from last week's race in Malaysia, each rider coped well, and rode carefully and consistently to improve step by step.
The qualifying practice will start tomorrow at 14:00 local time (GMT+10, CET+8).
ALEX HOFMANN #66 (15°th - 1'31.978):
“It's always nice to be back in Australia, and I like this track. We improved a lot with respect to this morning's session, and while we are consistent with the laptimes, we have to improve the general race pace. We have rear traction problems and so the bike becomes nervous to ride. Going in the corners is ok, but we have to improve the grip for the acceleration. My difference from other riders was reduced during the second session, but we have to work a lot this evening to cope with these conditions to achieve a good result tomorrow in qualifying.”
JOSE LUIS CARDOSO #30 (17th - 1'32.419):
“This is one of my favorite tracks, and I want to have a good showing.
We are not far from the other riders, but we have to improve a lot to solve our traction difficulties. I had problems while braking, and during acceleration out of corners the bike slides too much. Tomorrow we test different tyres and I hope to find the best one for the race”.
ANDRE LAUGIER - Track Engineer of Jose Luis Cardoso:
“We focused on the general setting of the bike and on tire selection, but we are not satisfied. We have to improve the grip from the rear, and therefore we will work on our suspension set-up. The general balance of the bike is not ideal, but tomorrow we will do further tests. A good pace for the race is our aim”.