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Pramac d'Antin hoping for luck at Le Mans

Pramac d'Antin hoping for luck at Le Mans

The Pramac d'Antin Ducati satellite riders are pleased to be back in Europe, although not so enamoured with the Le Mans circuit itself.

The Pramac d'Antin Ducati satellite riders are pleased to be back in Europe, although not so enamoured with the Le Mans circuit itself. The duo head to France alongside the rest of the team for the latest round of the 2007 season, with both their riders feeling good onboard the Desmosedici GP7.

For Alex Barros, the Alice Grand Prix de France is a rapid-fire opportunity to erase Shanghai from his mind. The Brazilian was unlucky in China, only able to take 14th place despite being on blistering form, after getting caught up in an incident involving Toni Elias and Nicky Hayden, and now turns his attention to the track where he took third in 2003.

"I know the Le Mans circuit well and I have already competed in a lot of races there, including a podium finish in 2003. The track isn't particularly easy; it is very narrow and is characterised by heavy braking and hard acceleration which requires strong concentration. I'm still disappointed with the final result from the last race in Shanghai. We had an excellent bike set-up for the race but we were unfortunately unable to utilise it to the maximum. Now I'm ready for Le Mans, but I hope to have more luck on my side. We are improving a lot and, for this reason, I want to ride without being hindered by other parties so that we know what we are really able to achieve," explains Barros.

Alex Hofmann is experiencing his best ever start to a MotoGP campaign, and has cracked the top ten twice thus far in 2007. The German is looking to push yet further up the standings in France.

"I'm very happy to come back to Europe, because the atmosphere here is really exciting. We made important progress both in Istanbul and Shanghai but we are always aiming for more improvements. After last weekend's race, I'm optimistic and I hope that in France we will able to be more competitive and above all to have more luck. Certainly we have more work to do, but we are very near to where we want to be and I'm sure if we continue in this way we will get there. The track isn't one of my favourites because the nature of the circuit demands a lot of heavy braking and hard acceleration out of the slow, tight corners but obviously I will give my best for a good result."

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MotoGP, 2007

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