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De Angelis shaken but fifth on grid

De Angelis shaken but fifth on grid

After qualifying in his best grid position of 2009 so far Alex de Angelis paid a visit to Clinica Mobile having taken a heavy blow to his neck in Germany.

Despite his heavy crash in qualifying at the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland Alex de Angelis is ready to ride from fifth on the grid, whilst his team-mate Toni Elías starts back in 17th place having also suffered an accident.

Alex de Angelis – 5th

“We started out really well and my lap times were good in the early part of the session, when we were using a tyre that we already put a few laps on yesterday. With a new tyre it was really hard to generate the heat to get it working at optimum temperature but gradually I started to feel better. Then unfortunately I crashed in the corner where everybody else went down too. It is never a nice feeling to crash but especially when I know that I could have made an attack at least for the front row. Anyway, fifth place is a fantastic result for us and if it rains again tomorrow then we’re ideally placed. Even if it is dry we know we have a good starting position and good pace for what I hope can be my best race of the season.”

Toni Elías – 17th

“I didn’t feel as comfortable today as I did yesterday in the wet or the dry. Track temperature was 15ºC lower and I really felt the difference. It was taking too long to get any heat into the tyre and even when I did the feeling wasn’t there. It wasn’t a good day and it finished off with a crash, which I was lucky to come away from without any injury. I’d had a few warnings beforehand, the bike was sliding around in a lot of places, and then I lost control and the next thing I knew I was laying on top of the bike like I was sunbathing or something! It’s funny to watch on television but I can assure you it wasn’t so funny for me. Hopefully the fans get chance to sunbathe tomorrow because we need a dry race. I’m starting from last place so it will be a tough race for sure. My only option is to fight and pass as many people as I can. Let’s hope we have the conditions and a set-up that allows me to do so.”

MotoGP, 2009, ALICE MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, Alex de Angelis, San Carlo Honda Gresini

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