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D'Antin delighted with Barros podium

D'Antin delighted with Barros podium

Alex Barros received a hero's welcome in the Pramac d'Antin garage after his tremendous third place finish at Mugello, with spontaneous applause for the Brazilian as he returned to thank his team.

Alex Barros received a hero's welcome in the Pramac d'Antin garage after his tremendous third place finish at Mugello, with spontaneous applause for the Brazilian as he returned to thank his team. The team's first podium since Qatar in 2004 was celebrated jubilantly by those in the Ducati satellite outfit, who were ahead of the factory team for the first time in the 800cc era.

After two seasons in the wilderness, Luis d'Antin's squad have finally come into their own with the arrival of the Desmosedici GP7 and Bridgestone tyre combination. The Spanish boss explained to motogp.com after the race the trials and tribulations that the team had been through, and how their fortunes are finally turning around after a third, fourth and fifth place so far this season.

"It's been a great day for us, I am extremely happy," commented a visibly emotional d'Antin. "Alex did a great job, and we are all delighted for him because the entire team is working hard. After two extremely difficult years, we can finally enjoy some success with the new package that we have. For a satellite team like ourselves to be competing with and even beating the factory team is marvellous," he added.

The entire team flocked to Parc Ferme to great Barros upon his arrival to step onto the podium, and d'Antin was keen to emphasise the close-knit nature of those involved in the 2007 project.

"We have something a little more than other teams; we are a family more than a team I think. We also have more ‘home races' than anyone else, so we are hoping to achieve more results like that of today throughout the season," concluded the Team Owner.

Barros himself also dedicated his performance to the team, and emphasised his happiness that he was not made to move aside for Casey Stoner by Ducati.

"I didn't know if Ducati would be too happy with me for not letting Casey go ahead, but it pleases me that they want the satellite team to do equally well and that there are no team orders," explained the Brazilian.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA ALICE, Alex Barros

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