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Positive Result For Alex Barros During First Test At Valencia - November 2nd 2006

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    Today, the second and last day of practice of the Pramac D'Antin MotoGP Team with Alex Barros took place on the Ricardo Tormo circuit of Valencia. The Brazilian rider went on making kilometres on the Ducati 990cc and taking confidence with the Bridgestone tyres. The final balance from Valencia is positive and the work that has been done will allow the Team to begin the test in January with a good base. Today, Alex made 1'33.2 as a best laptime, with a rhythm of 1'33. The next test will be in January, on the circulexit of Sepang, Malaysia.

    Alex Barros #4 (1'33.2): "I'm very happy about this first approach with the Team, the motorcycle and the tyres. Today, we made a good job, even if the temperature was a lot fresher and every so often it slightly rained. The weather conditions have had a bit of an effect on the general output but anyway we managed to improve the laptime and the rhythm from yesterday. These two days of practice have been useful especially to have basical impressions and I can say that, all things considered, we made a really good job. In the next test, we will use the Ducati Desmosedici GP7 800c. With the Team, I already have a really good relation, Ducati is giving me a great support and the Bridgestone tyres showed to be very efficient. In short, I'm really satisfied of everything and I already feel very confident for the next season".

    Fabiano Sterlacchini - Track Engineer: "Today, the weather conditions changed and weren't very favourable, the sky was very cloudy, the temperature lowered nearly until 15c and there also were some drops of rain. Besides everything, we made a good job. Alex' best latime has been 1'33.2, with a pace of 33. A rhythm really satisfying as it would mean a 4th-5th position in last Sunday's race. We didn't used qualifying tyres, the temperature was too low to be able to do it the ideal conditions. That's why, as agreed with Bridgestone, we concentrated our work on the race tyres. Barros really likes the motorcycle, he was impressed by the power of its engine, in a positive way. He needs more feeling with the fork but we didn't dwell on this difficulty as it will be a different one next year. We only wanted to get basical impressions. Anyway, the rider, right now, is really satisfied with everything. The feeling is good from both parts and we can be happy about the work we realized during these two days of practice".