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D´Antin Pramac Ducati get in gear

D´Antin Pramac Ducati get in gear

D´Antin Pramac Ducati get in gear

In contrast to the majority of teams who this week reunited in Sepang, d´Antin Pramac Ducati were making their debut in this phase of preseason.

Luis d´Antin´s outfit have experimented with an important remodelling in relation to 2005, and will take part in the coming season´s World Championship with a rider partnership of Alex Hofmann and José Luis Cardoso.

The German and the Spaniard debuted onboard the Desmosedici, which will be kitted out by Dunlop tyres.

"I'm very happy, everything was new to me: the team, the bike, the tyres and it was very important to collect information. I think we did a very good job and I really like the team, the atmosphere is really nice, relaxing, and I already feel at home with them" noted Hoffman. "The Ducati is a very impressive bike, it has a very big potential and I really like it. For sure these three days were very interesting, we gave a lot of information to Dunlop. I crashed two times today (without consequences) but this was quite useful to understand the front tyre and help Dunlop valuing the difficulties for the next developments. I'm really looking forward for the next tests in Australia, to go on with our work."

Cardoso also gave a positive assessment of his first outing with the team. The Sevillano spoke to about his return to the premier class and his reacquaintance with d´Antin after a stint in World Superbikes.

Team Manager Luis d´Antin highlighted the team´s achievements and paid tribute to the two riders.

"These three days of free practice have been quite positive. At the beginning we had some difficulties but we've been working very good, broadly speaking. Hofmann has been constant and fast during the three days; Cardoso is new in the MotoGP category and still has to adapt himself but he has been very consistent and we all are satisfied with the work that has been done. This World Championship is starting now and we have a lot of work to do".

MotoGP, 2006

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