Preview - Grand Prix of Jerez de la Frontera (Spain)

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Pramac d'Antin MotoGP at home for the first race of 2006 Championship

The PRAMAC D’ANTIN MOTOGP Team will be at home for the first Grand Prix of the 2006 season at Jerez de la Frontera in Spain. The Technical Base of the Team is in Madrid, the Team Manger LUIS D’ANTIN is from Madrid too, and JOSE LUIS CARDOSO, one of the two riders of the Team together with ALEX HOFMANN, is from Seville, a splendid Iberian city located at only 100km from the circuit. A very special and thrilling weekend for the whole Team in occasion of the most attended event of the season from all motorcycling fans from all over the world. This Grand Prix is definitely one of the most popular; Jerez town is set in a slight valley in the South of Spain where the good weather is always consistent and is a particular motorcycling lover.
The Winter Test cycle is over. After intensive practice days with the DUCATI DESMOSEDICI GP06 “Sat” (DUNLOP tyres) in Asia, Australia and Europe, the whole Team is ready to finally face the first of the 17 races predicted by the 2006 MotoGP World Championship calendar. The appointment is for Friday 24th March, first free practice day of the Grand Prix.

LUIS D’ANTIN (Team Manager): “This weekend will be very important for the whole Team, this is our home Grand Prix. Racing in Spain increases our motivations and I noticed with pleasure that the all the members of the Team are enthusiastic and convinced to do good things. It will be fundamental to work in an effective way to get a good result in front of our public and the sponsors that believed in us. The Winter Test were very useful to define the general set-up of the bike and this first race will let us know at which evolution level we are now. Our motorcycle, the DUCATI DESMOSEDICI GP06 “Sat”, is very similar to the Official DUCATI and this is a positive thing. There are small differences but the electronic part is the same. This year, with two riders on the track, we’re once again a good organized Team that aspires to obtain important results. Beginning the season with the Home Grand Prix is a huge emotion for everybody!”

JOSE LUIS CARDOSO #30: “I’m really looking forward for everything to begin! My city is Seville and so Jerez will be my home Grand Prix, that is something very special for me. To do a World Championship race in the premier-class, in my circuit and in front of my public, will be an incredible sensation. Jerez is also my favourite track, I began my carrier there and I have a lot of good memories about it. This weekend will be a great party for everybody, it’s not only my home Grand Prix, but also my Team’s one. I will do my best not to disappoint anybody in this big occasion, and I hope to bring home some important point. My aim for the season is to go at the 110% of our possibilities. I would really like to make results that count and get the more points as possible for the Championship. I will do the maximum to improve during the whole year, race after race. I use all I can as a reference, and my team mate surely is one; I really get along with him in a good way”.

ALEX HOFMANN #66: “Here we are! The first race of the season in Spain is close, I feel at home because my Team and CARDOSO are Spanish. Being in Jerez is always special, the atmosphere is crazy and there are so many people, I really love to race there! I just couldn’t wait anymore to be back in competition; I know that the test work is important but I am more the type of a racer and pure spirit of competition lover. So I hope we will be able to bring all the necessary components together and make another step ahead during this race weekend. I am raring to go! All my injuries from 2005 are healed and I am back on my level! My aim for the season is to give the best every lap and every race, I can’t tell any numbers as I don’t know how fast we will progress, but I will work with my team to reach our maximum. Anyway I really hope we will have the chance to shine with some highlights over the season, and in the meanwhile I’m giving you appointment next Sunday for the first race”.

Circuit Details

The Andalusian circuit is not one of the fastest, it’s long 4423 meters and has thirteen quite difficult corners (five to the left and eight to the right); some of them are really fast but this track is more technical and more than a powerful engine is important the frame stability and the effectiveness of the tyres, especially on the front. Built in the 1986, this track has been resurfaces four years ago and all its facilities recently improved too; its numerous grandstands can provide a perfect viewing for up to 250.000 spectators!

Longest Straight: 600m
Width: 11m
Pole Position: Left
Direction: Clockwise
MotoGP – Lap Record: 1’40’’596 (Valentino Rossi – 2005)
MotoGP – Fastest Lap: 1’39’’419 (Valentino Rossi – 2005)
2005 MotoGPRace: 1° Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) 2° Sete Gibernau (Honda) 3° Marco Melandri (Honda)