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.
The weather conditions should remain optimal tomorrow as well, for the race that will start at 2 p.m. (27 laps).

JOSE LUIS CARDOSO #30 (1’41’’749): “I’m not very satisfied about this practice. I didn’t manage to make a lot of “clean” laps, there were some difficulties because of some test we had to make on the electronic and other particulars that limited my action. About the tyres, I can say that we’re quite ok. The difficulties are on the rear and we still haven’t decided yet which one we will use during the race: a choice that will be done tomorrow morning during the warm-up. In race, I hope to get some points, it won’t be an easy thing but it would really be a huge satisfaction in front of my public”.

ALEX HOFMANN #66 (1’42’’341): “I’m not very happy about how things went during the last two days. This afternoon, in the qualifying practice session, I entered with a set-up and tyres to test but after only one lap, I had the technical difficulty that caused the oil leak. I don’t how I managed to avoid the crash and I’m really sorry for the other riders, I tried to make them sign to stop but they didn’t see me. When the session started again, we had to use the bike n.2 and there were some difficulties with the gearbox; so we nearly lost the entire qualifying session. At the end of the practice, I went back on track but only could make one full lap and test only one tyre. I’m really disappointed about the result, we now have the warm-up left to prepare both motorcycles for the race and I hope everything will be alright.”

LUIS D’ANTIN – TEAM MANAGER: “HOFMANN he had misfortune. There were some technical hitches that made us lose the whole qualifying practice session. Besides, there were also some difficulties to define the set-up and we hadn’t got lots of tyres to test. With CARDOSO we went on with our work program and we did some steps ahead, he’s going on with his apprenticeship and he’s doing his best; even if there is still a lot to do.
I hope that the enthusiasm that comes from our home public, united to the engagement that the Team is putting in its work, will prime us with some important result”.

1. Loris Capirossi 1’39’’064; 2. Sete Gibernau 1’39’’285; 3. Shinya Nakano 1’39’’526; 4. Nicky Hayden 1’39’’666; 5. Daniel Pedrosa 1’39’’734; 6. Toni Elias 1’39’’875; 7. Marco Melandri 1’39’’932; 8. Randy De Puniet 1’40’’146; 9. Valentino Rossi 1’40’’160; 10. Colin Edwards 1’40’’181; ...; 17. Jose Luis Cardoso 1’41’’749; ...; 19. Alex Hofmann 1’42’’341; ...