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MotoGP - Team D'Antin Philip Island Winter Test - February 2nd 2006

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    Today was the last of the three days-winter tests at Philip Island in Australia. The two D'Aantin Pramac Team riders both went on with their apprenticeship on the Ducati Desmosedici GP06 and Dunlop tyres.

    The best time of Alex Hofmann has been a good 1'32''4, though he crashed after 25 laps during the first day, hurting his elbow. The German rider didn't ride under wet conditions during the second day and went back on track on the last day though he still wasn't at 100%. The Spanish rider, Jose Luis Cardoso, has done a lot of km, and good improvements, riding in 1'32''4 as well.

    The next winter tests are scheduled at Sepang in Malaysia: from Tuesday 14th February until Thursday 16th February.

    Alex Hofmann #66: "During the first day, I had a crash after 25 laps, hitting my elbow pretty hard. So I decided not to ride during the second day, as it was raining and I needed to relax for my elbow. On the third day, I wasn't 100% physically perfect but we did good practice. We collected a lot of new information about the tyres, the motorcycle and everything. I was quite happy ending riding in 1'32''4 with race tyres. There is still a lot of room for improvements and we already have a good direction of work. From last year, everything is better, Dunlop is improving too and we gave them other new indications to go on this way. It will be good to come back here in Australia in full fitness. Now we will keep on working and I'm confident".

    Jose Luis Cardoso #30: "Me and the team are happy, in these three days of free practice at Phillip Island, we have learnt a lot of things about the motorcycle. We have done a lot of km without errors, and we also got the chance to ride on wet track during the second day, obtaining times not too far from the first riders. I can say I'm happy about everything; today in dry conditions I improved my best time of nearly half a second and there is not so much difference from the best times. We have worked a lot on the tyres, trying many of new ones to facilitate DUNLOP in their work. There are improvements and this allowed me to ride faster at the end of the day. My best time has been done with race tyres in 1'32''4".

    Andre Laugier - Technical Chief: "I can say that during these three days of practice, we did a good job. It rained on the second day but this allowed us to make a lot of tests with rain tyres with Cardoso, and he had a lot of good sensations. For the moment, we already can see good improvements from last year. This makes us confident even if we obviously have a lot of work to do. Anyway, the team environment is extremely good and we are confident".