Estoril : d'Antin Pramac - Day Two
The single session of qualifying practice reserved to the MotoGP class on the Portuguese circuit of Estoril was held in good weather conditions.
The two riders of the TEAM PRAMAC D'ANTIN MOTOGP, the German ALEX HOFMANN and the Spanish
JOSE LUIS CARDOSO, despite some difficulties in the definition of the ideal set-up of their DUCATI DESMOSEDICI GP06 “Sat.” with DUNLOP tyres, qualified themselves respectively in 18th and 19th position and are ready to make their maximum during the 28 laps of tomorrow's competition.
The race will start tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. (GMT+1).
ALEX HOFMANN #66 (18th - 1'39.647):
“Unfortunately, today I cannot say I'm satisfied as we haven't found a set-up giving me the right feeling to be able to make better laptimes. We already knew that these last two races would have been difficult, as both tracks ain't particularly adapted to our “package” but, honestly, I was hoping something better. We worked a lot to get ready for the competition but we're still far from the other riders and this will surely be a hard race. Anyway, I will make my best and I nearly hope some change in the weather conditions, it could help us”.
JOSE LUIS CARDOSO #30 (19° - 1'40.451):
“Today, things went a bit better from yesterday, I have a good feeling with the bike even though we still have grip difficulties. We tested different solutions but didn't find anything that really could improve our situation. Consequently, when I enter the corners, the motorcycle is unstable and when I go out of them, it slides a lot. It's not easy to lower my laptimes in these conditions but anyway we made our maximum today.
For the race, we have a new tyre that should allow us to end the race in quite good conditions. I really want to make a good result in front of the public that will come and support me, I ‘m very motivated!”.
ANDRE LAUGIER – Track Engineer of Jose Luis Cardoso:
“During the qualifying practice session, unfortunately, we didn't have the time to put on the third qualifying tyre. A real pity as we could have improved a bit more our best laptime but, anyway, races ain't done with qualifying tyres. About the race tyres, we tested two new ones, the softer seems to be more constant and should last for the 28 laps of the competition. The other one, harder, raised the laptimes about 1 second. Now we will see what will happen during the race”.