Valencia : d'Antin Pramac - Day Two
Tomorrow, the last race of the 2006 season will take place on the Ricardo Tormo circuit of Valencia.
During the qualifying practice session, ALEX HOFMANN and JOSE LUIS CARDOSO classified themselves respectively in 17th and 18th
A race at home that will surely be very emotional for the whole PRAMAC D'ANTIN MOTOGP Team, willing to end the season with a good result.
After the warm-up, the race of the premier-class will start at 2:00pm.
ALEX HOFMANN #66:
“The truth is that I could have done a better laptime with the qualifying tyres. I used three of them, the first two were identical and I thought these were the best. Unfortunately, the third one was more efficient and I didn't really take advantage of it at 100%. So We could have done a better result but, anyway, our aim was to find a set-up adapted to the temperatures of the afternoon, as the race will be done in the same conditions. Things went better than yesterday but it's not enough and we will keep on working tomorrow morning. Personally, I hope that the weather conditions will be a bit colder. With lower temperatures, as in the morning, the bike is more stable and I can ride easier and faster. For the warm-up, we still have some options to test. This is the last round of the season and it will be necessary to make our best to obtain a good result. It won't be an easy race but I will do my best”.
JOSE LUIS CARDOSO #30:
“Today, we worked for the race. Unfortunately, we had to forget the tyre we chose yesterday as it wasn't constant enough for the duration of race. That's why we had to concentrate ourselves on another tyre I didn't really like. We made the best we could and we managed to improve our rhythm.
It's not enough but we will test some other solutions tomorrow morning, in the warm-up, to find more stability. With the qualifying tyres, we made what we could. In general, we're a bit closer to the other riders and this can be considered “positive”. Tomorrow, it will be an important race, in front of my public and I really want to make a good race ”.
ANDRE LAUGIER - Track Engineer of Jose Luis Cardoso:
“Yesterday we had chosen a tyre that was better than the other ones but, unfortunately, its duration was not sufficient and we had to forget it. At our disposal, we had only another tyre, very different, that was more consistent anyway, which allowed us to improve our rhythm. We will go on working on the set-up tomorrow morning, to get ready for the race. There are other variations we can make and we will control their results before the race. Anyway, I think that the rhythm of the first riders is really impressive, compared to the last few years”.