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Alice Team improvement good news for d´Antin

Alice Team improvement good news for d´Antin

A better performance from both of his riders at round three pleased Alice Team boss Luis d´Antin, but the Spaniard is hoping for top ten finishes soon.

Having seen his riders struggle at the opening two rounds of the season, Alice Team boss Luis d´Antin was pleased with an improved showing from Toni Elias and Sylvain Guintoli in Portugal, but is still hoping for more from both of his 2008 recruits.

The season started with Elias finishing 14th and 15th at Losail International and Jerez, whilst Guintoli completed the races just behind his team-mate on both occasions, so the Spaniard´s 12th place finish and his French colleague´s 14th position at Estoril were steps in the right direction.

After the Alice Team doubled their points tally at Estoril d´Antin spoke earnestly to, saying, `It´s easy to see that its much better than before, but of course it is not enough because we are still not in the top ten. But it seems that it is not that easy to work with the Bridgestone-Ducati package this year. Frankly speaking I think at this track we found a way to do a good job.´

Both Alice riders, like Marco Melandri in his new role at Ducati Marlboro, are finding the going tough in the early stages of their respective adaptations to riding the Bridgestone-shod Desmosedici GP8 – which even World Champion Casey Stoner has struggled to look competitive on in the last two rounds.

The satellite Ducati team´s Technical Director, Fabiano Sterlacchini, added, `Without a doubt this is a starting point. Actually, in Jerez and in Qatar, we were much slower during the race. At Estoril we did a bit better. We understood some things that we hope will allow us to improve in the near future.´

`We see the light at the end of the tunnel, even if it is still a long way off. Also Sylvain has done well and this is really important for the team. We can think positively now and we believe we can take further steps forward at the next Grand Prix in China.´

MotoGP, 2008, Alice Team

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