Motegi : Pramac d'Antin - Preview
We're now at the last of the three extra-european races of this three weeks. After the intensive warmth in Malaysia and the cold weather in Australia, it's time to fly to Japan before going back to Europe. The 15th race of the season will
be on the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit.
The German Alex Hofmann, after the good position he obtained during the race in Phillip Island, wants constancy and is dreaming about the Top Ten, while the Spanish José Luis Cardoso wants to make a good race to get more points for the classification before the last two races that will take place in Portugal and Spain.
The whole Team Pramac d'Antin MotoGP is really motivated and the Ducati Desmosedici GP06 “Sat.” is already ready to go on track for the first session of free practice that will be on Friday 22 September at 10.00 a.m. in Japan (GMT + 9).
Luis d'Antin (Team Manager): "Here we are, this is the final round of these three weeks. In Australia our work has been rewarded by the 13th position of Hofmann, that ended the race as first of the Dunlop riders. We will go on like this to get more points for the classification and finish the season in the best way."
Alex Hofmann: "Last year I didn't finish the race as I crashed and then was forced to miss the four next races. A real pity as I had done a good job during the qualifying session. This year, I will do the maximum to obtain the best result as possible, the Japanese track is nice and, after the last race in Australia where I could have ended in the first ten riders, it's important to go on making the maximum to end the season with the most points as possible. I can't wait to ride on track."
José Luis Cardoso: "It has been a long time since I was here for the last race, in 2001.
It's not a difficult track but a good acceleration and a right stability in the braking points are necessary. We will see what will happen, I hope that everything will go better than during the last two races, I would like to get some points before going back to Europe. I will make my best together with my Team."
CIRCUIT DETAILS – The Twin Ring Motegi Circuit, Japan, consists of a 2,5 km oval and a 4,801 km road course with 14 corners (6 to the left and 8 to the right), constructed to international standards and built by Honda in 1997 to be the ultimate test facility. In 1999, it hosted its first Grand Prix and now will go on doing it until the safety improvements at Suzuka won't be completed.
The track has a comparatively long back straight but a series of slow corners and also two tunnels to allow an Indy Car style oval to run round the outside. It's a stop-and-go track with lots of violent braking points, and that makes it really hard physically as well.