Useful day of testing for Pramac riders
21 August 2007 – On Monday, almost all the MotoGP riders remained in Brno to test tires and new parts in order to continue improving the bikes for the next World Championship races, and also for the 2008 season. For the Pramac d'Antin Team it was a very positive day with both riders able to gather important data to use during the following Grand Prix races.
Alex Barros was focused mainly on testing Bridgestone tires, searching for the right balance that would give him confidence and speed. Barros continued lowering his times throughout the day, and is ready for the next GP in Misano, Italy.
"This morning we started early because we had a lot of Bridgestone tires at our disposal to test," said Barros. "Today we focused on testing the rears looking for differences between the rubber compounds and the tire body. We got very positive results that will be helpful, especially in the overseas races. With two kinds of Bridgestone tires I felt a very positive feeling and this makes me very confident. We wanted to try qualifying tires, also, but unfortunately we didn't hav time because it started to rain. Tomorrow we have other test day to use, so if there are good weather conditions we will work on that and also try some different pieces from Ducati."
Ivan Silva used the day to spend time with the Ducati GP7, familiarizing himself with the machine lap after lap. "I used this day to improve my feeling with the Desmosedici," said Silva. "We know that tests are very different from races - there is a relaxed atmosphere and you don't get that race adrenaline. We made a lot of laps today that helped me to understand a lot of things about the bike and to improve my lap times in comparison with yesterday's. Anyway, as I have already said, both the tires and the bike have a very high potential, and it is a pleasure to ride them both. For now, my goal in MotoGP has been to finish the race, and if I repeat, I would like to thank everyone responsible for giving me the chance to do so."
Pramac d'Antin will spend one more day in Brno with the Brazilian, Alex Barros, before travelling to Misano after a one week break.