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Pramac d'Antin hoping to exploit Ducati straight advantage

Pramac d'Antin hoping to exploit Ducati straight advantage

Whilst attentions have justifiably turned towards the Ducati factory team ahead of this weekend's race in China, the Pramac d'Antin satellite outfit are also set to reap the rewards of the top speed advantage of the Desmosedici GP7.

Whilst attentions have justifiably turned towards the Ducati factory team ahead of this weekend's race in China, the Pramac d'Antin satellite outfit are also set to reap the rewards of the top speed advantage of the Desmosedici GP7.

Alex Barros and Alex Hofmann took their best results of the season at the Grand Prix of Turkey, and approach the Sinopec Great Wall Lubricants Grand Prix of China aiming to repeat or better those performances.

Barros just missed out on a podium finish after an impressive showing at Istanbul Park, and has now recovered from a nasty bout of flu suffered on race day. The Brazilian veteran has ridden at Shanghai International on one previous occasion, when he finished outside the top ten as a result of a ride-through penalty.

"I can't make any predictions, because I only rode here in 2005; I don't have a lot of data at my disposal. I remember that my performance was good, despite driving rain," explained Barros.

"This circuit's structure is really good and imposing, it's stimulating to ride there. The real problem is that the track is too narrow and we'll have some difficulties overtaking the others. It will be really important to have a good qualifying practice and to start from the leading positions, pushing to the maximum on the straight. Our GP7 is fast on the straight, but to aim for the podium we also need to cut our cornering time."

"After Istanbul I'm more confident; I'm waiting to arrive in Shanghai to analyse the track and find the best possible set-up. I hope to be able to have another exciting race".

Team-mate Alex Hofmann crashed on the post-race test in Turkey, and is still walking wounded with a sore rib. He also sees the Shangahi track as a good one for the Pramac d'Antin Ducati team.

"I hope to be at 100% in China. I had a good race at the last round, but I know that I could be faster," he commented. "In Shanghai there is the longest straight of the season, for us this is a profitable situation and we must take advantage of it to reduce the distance with the other riders and quickly reach the leading group. I can't wait to ride, but there are still some days before the race: I will use this time to recover physically."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, SINOPEC GREAT WALL LUBRICANTS GRAND PRIX OF CHINA

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