Debut on the Turkish track for the Pramac d'Antin MotoGP riders


Good weather conditions, despite some wind, during the first free practice day in Turkey. The two Pramac d'Antin MotoGP riders discovered the Istanbul Park Circuit this Friday, a track they never had seen before. After a careful study of the trajectories to make, both the riders concentrated themselves on the definition of the ideal set-up for their Ducati Desmosedici GP06 “Sat.” The German Alex Hofmann obtained the 18th time while the Spanish Jose Luis Cardoso classified himself 19th. They both are motivated and tomorrow they will have another free practice session at their disposal before taking part to the single qualifying session reserved to the MotoGP class riders, at 2 p.m. (GMT+3).

Jose Luis Cardoso discovers Istanbul on a boat cruise along the Bosphorus


Event - Grand Prix of Turkey
Istanbul, Thursday 27th April 2006

This Thursday afternoon, JOSE LUIS CARDOSO, was invited by DORNA with other riders to make a boat cruise along the Bosphorus, the famous strait that separates Europe and Asia, between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. A mixture of past and present, and an opportunity for the Spanish rider to see some beauties of Istanbul, like the Ottoman Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque that is a masterpiece of the Ottoman Art and the Church of Saint Sophia, a splendid monument from the Christianity. The PRAMAC D’ANTIN MOTOGP rider remained fascinated: “It has been a nice experience, something really unique, especially as I never had been to Istanbul before. I’m glad because I was curious to see some of the masterpieces of one of the most celebrated cities in the history, for its wealth and its beauty, the capital of the Orient Roman Empire that is now a multicultural city. We had the occasion to admire its wonders during the boat cruise, but also from the port. I like Turkey, it’s fascinating because really different in its ways of living and its customs. I spent some time talking with the boat Captain that told me about the glorious past of Istanbul and the contrasts that this city still has today. On the boat I also assisted to a typical Turkish show, some artists danced and singed and I had a lot of fun with all the other riders. To conclude, we had lunch all together, a nice way to enjoy the local cooking after a special day as this one”.

Alex Hofmann and Jose Luis Cardoso for the first time on the track of Istanbul Park


The Team PRAMAC D’ANTIN MOTOGP is ready for the third race of the season that will take place on the “Istanbul Park Circuit” in Turkey. A track inaugurated last year, when the MotoGP race was in October. None of the Team riders ever rode on the Istanbul track, ALEX HOFMANN having injured himself at Motegi in Japan last season and JOSE LUIS CARDOSO as he was racing in the World Superbike Championship in 2005. In short, for both of them it will be the first race on this new circuit with the DUCATI DESMOSEDICI GP06 “Sat.”.
The first sessions of free practice will be on Friday at 10 a.m. in Turkey (GMT + 3).

First point for the Pramac d'Antin MotoGP team


Sunday 26 March 2006 - Race - Circuit of Jerez de la Frontera (Spain)

A sunny day at Jerez de la Frontera in Spain, for the first race of the season in the MotoGP World Championship, that also meant the Home Grand Prix for the Team PRAMAC D’ANTIN MOTOGP. ALEX HOFMANN has finished the race in 15th position, getting his first point of the season after a difficult race. The Spanish JOSE LUIS CARDOSO has concluded his first appearance in the premier-class with a retirement caused by the improvised deterioration of the rear DUNLOP cover of his DUCATI DESMOSEDICI GP06 “Sat.”.

Qualifying at Jerez for Pramac d'Antin MotoGP riders


Saturday 25 March 2006 - Qualifying Practice on the Circuit of Jerez de la Frontera (Spain)

Good weather conditions for the single Official Practice session reserved to the MotoGP class riders. A session delayed of 20 minutes on the initial time schedule, because of some oil on the track let by the DUCATI DESMOSEDICI GP06 “Sat.” of ALEX HOFMANN during the first laps. Other technical difficulties didn’t allow the German to get advantage of the whole hour session at the riders’ disposal for the qualifications, AND he classified himself in 19th position and will need to do his best during the race. The Spanish JOSE LUIS CARDOSO, at his Home GP, obtained the 17th time but is still enthusiast and dreams about getting some points in front of his public.

Glamour in Pramac d'Antin MotoGP hospitality with "Arte Y Naturaleza"


Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), Saturday 25th March 2006

During the four Grand Prix that will take place in Spain and Italy (Jerez, Mugello, Catalunya and Valencia), “ARTE Y NATURALEZA” will present work of art exclusive frames, in the new PRAMAC D’ANTIN MOTOGP Hospitality. The Team is proud to announce this new collaboration, a huge occasion to introduce art, style and culture in the Engine World.
The new partner, “ARTE Y NATURALEZA”, is an important factory from Madrid specialized in the edition and trade of original graphic works, founded in the years ninety. To create its collection, “ARTE Y NATURALEZA” has always worked with high level international artists that contributed to the development of the contemporary art; consecrated artists but also young creators that enrich and encourage the freedom of the creation, and ensure a big variety of styles and painting tendencies as well. The works of art are generators of proposals, it’s about showing the art as a way to enrich the culture.

Viceroy - Pramac d'Antin MotoGP official watch


The Team PRAMAC D’ANTIN MOTOGP is proud to announce the collaboration with the important brand VICEROY, a trademark from the GRUPO MUNRECO, for the entire MotoGP World Championship 2006. The GRUPO MUNRECO, founded more than 25 years ago, is a leader in the watches sector in Spain and its brands are present in every segment of consume.
Founded in Switzerland in 1951, the VICEROY brand has been bought by the GRUPO MUNRECO in the year 1982; it was then launched efficiently in the Spanish market and soon became a very competitive product with a really accurate image.

The Team PRAMAC D’ANTIN MOTOGP will be Testimonial of this prestigious trademark in the whole world, a mark chosen by famous personalities as well, like Melanie Griffith, Julio and Enrique Iglesias, but also Alejandro Sanz. The principal aim of the factory is to confirm itself in the Spanish market and expand itself in the entire world through the visibility of the MotoGP World Championship.

First free practice at Jerez Home GP for Pramac d'Antin MotoGP riders


First Free Practice at the Circuit of Jerez de la Frontera (Spain)

A first free practice day characterized by quite variable weather conditions. The morning session was on wet track, with JOSE LUIS CARDOSO and ALEX HOFMANN classifying themselves respectively in 4th and 6th position; the Spanish rider at only one second from the best time, on his home track. During the second free practice session, the weather conditions return stable and the track finally dry. Both PRAMAC D’ANTIN MOTOGP riders retrograded in the classification but are now at only two seconds from the fastest time, an acceptable gap considering the weather difficulties today.

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


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.

Hofmann and Cardoso visit Pramac Lifter S.p.A.


The two PRAMAC D’ANTIN MOTOGP riders spent the day of Tuesday 14th March in the PRAMAC Lifter S.p.A. factory at Casole d’Elsa in the province of Siena, central headquarters of the dynamic, solid, competitive and global PRAMAC GROUP that can count on a range of branches in the whole world. ALEX HOFMANN and JOSE LUIS CARDOSO had the opportunity to visit the whole factory of PAOLO CAMPINOTI, leader in the sectors of movement and production of electrical groups.
The two MotoGP riders, very enthusiastic, dedicated themselves to a photo session with the whole range of PRAMAC products, from which will come up the next publicity campaign of the factory that will see then both as testimonials. Besides, a meeting with all the PRAMAC employees had been organized so to give them the occasion to meet the 2006 riders, talk a little bit with them and get their autographs and a lot of gadgets. HOFMANN and CARDOSO were welcomed with much enthusiasm and admiration.

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