Both riders in the points
The Portuguese GP has seen both riders of the TEAM PRAMAC D'ANTIN MOTOGP end the race in the points with their DUCATI DESMOSEDICI GP06 “Sat.”.
The German ALEX HOFMANN rode constantly with a great rhythm during the whole race. 11th at the
arrival, he conquered 5 points, really deserved by himself and the whole Team; while the Spanish JOSE LUIS CARDOSO passed under the chequered flag in 14th position, obtaining 2 points.
The Team is now ready to face the last round of the 2006 MotoGP World Championship with the same determination, in two weeks on the Ricardo Tormo Circuit at Valencia, Spain.
ALEX HOFMANN #66 (11th):
“I'm happy because today I had the possibility to show I can be fast. I admit I wasn't really motivated before the race but it was important to make the maximum today. Aggressive at the start, I followed Melandri but I didn't manage to ride immediately in the right laptimes, that's why I lose some ground. After about 8-9 laps, I found my pace and, then, my rhythm became really constant. I got back some precious seconds and this allowed me to join the group of Capirossi, De Puniet and Vermeulen. I passed Capirossi, but a bit late and I had no more time left to pass the other two riders as well. I have to say this has been the best race of the year. I wouldn't have imagined it and it has been a real pleasure to ride on track today, I had a lot of fun. I was aggressive as one has to be and I really pushed to the maximum! Besides, it's a big satisfaction for me to have ended the race as first of the DUCATI riders. I want to thank my whole team for the great work they did. See you in Spain!”.
JOSE LUIS CARDOSO #30 (14th):
“Today things went a bit better than during the practice. I wanted to make more but the rear of the motorcycle was sliding a lot and this didn't allow me to ride faster. We must keep on working on the set-up but the tyres we have at our disposal don't really help us. Anyway, we obtained two points and this is something very important for me. The aim is to obtain more of them during the next and last race of the season in Valencia. I will be at home there and it motivates me a lot”.
LUIS D'ANTIN (Team Manager):
“Today, the race has been a good opportunity exploited at the best. The Team, DUCATI and ALEX HOFMANN really made a good job!”.