Pramac Racing

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Pramac Racing
Pramac Racing.jpg
2015 name Pramac Racing
Base Italy Casole d'Elsa, Italy
Principal Paolo Campinoti
Rider(s) 9 Danilo Petrucci
68 Yonny Hernández
Motorcycle Ducati Desmosedici GP14
Tyres Bridgestone
Riders' Championships -

Pramac Racing is a motorcycle racing team currently competing in the MotoGP World Championship. The team was created in 2002 by Italian company Pramac.[1] In 2005 Pramac Racing joined forces with d'Antin MotoGP to form Pramac d'Antin and in 2007 the team became part of the Pramac Group.[2] After d'Antin left the team in 2008, the team became known as Pramac Racing.

History[edit]

d'Antin MotoGP[edit]

The d'Antin MotoGP Team was set up in 1999 by Spanish former motorcycle racer Luis d'Antin and was based in Madrid. Beginning in 1999 the team raced in the 250 cc Spanish and World Championships with Yamaha and two Spanish riders Fonsi Nieto and David García. Also beginning in 1999, the team ran in the 500 cc class with Japanese rider Norifumi Abe aboard a Yamaha YZR500. Abe took a win in 2000 at the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. José Luis Cardoso joined the team in 2001 as second rider alongside Abe. A podium finish was the team's best result.

In 2002 the 500 cc class became MotoGP and the D'Antin team continued with the same riders and the same Yamaha YZR500. The 500 cc 2-stroke motorcycle was not able to compete against the more powerful 990 cc 4-strokes and top 10 finishes were the team's best results. The team got the new Yamaha YZR-M1 in 2003, with Shinya Nakano the team's only rider. The team switched to Ducati motorcycles in 2004 using the previous season's Desmosedici GP3. 2003 Superbike World Champion Neil Hodgson and runner-up Rubén Xaus joined the team. The team ran into financial difficulties mid-season and was not able to run a test program. The team's best result was a third place for Xaus.

Pramac Racing[edit]

Pramac Racing entered MotoGP in 2002, taking over the activities of Hardwick Racing, relocating to Italy[3] and using the Honda NSR500 with Tetsuya Harada as a rider. In September 2002 Pramac signed a three-year deal with Max Biaggi and Honda Racing Corporation to enter a Honda RC211V.[4] Two months later Pramac and Pons Racing reached an agreement whereby Biaggi would have competed for Pons while still under contract with Pramac.[5]

In 2003 Pramac also entered his own team with a Honda RC211V for Makoto Tamada, being the only Honda team to use Bridgestone tyres.[6][7] A podium in Brazil was the team's best result, while Biaggi scored two wins and finished the championship in third place.

For 2004 Pramac Racing ran alongside Pons Racing under the name Camel Honda. Tamada and his team, led by Luca Montiron, joined Sito Pons' structure. Tamada still raced on Bridgestone tyres while Biaggi used Michelin tyres.[8] Tamada finished the season with two wins and sixth place in the final championship standings; Biaggi clinched a win and the third place overall. Many changes happened at the end of the season: Biaggi terminated his contract with Pramac and joined the Repsol Honda works team, Luca Montiron also left the team and founded JiR with Tamada as a rider while Pramac ended its relationship with Pons Racing to start a new project with Ducati and d'Antin.

Pramac d'Antin[edit]

In 2005 d'Antin MotoGP and Pramac Racing joined to form Pramac d'Antin. The team used the previous season's Desmosedici GP4 with Italian Roberto Rolfo as a rider. The team used Dunlop tyres and usually finished races near the back of the grid. For 2006 the team was given use of the Desmosedici GP6. the same motorcycles the factory team was using. Alex Hofmann and José Luis Cardoso were the team's riders. The Dunlop tyres the team used were not competitive and once again the team finished races near the back of the grid.

Prior to the start of the 2007 season, Pramac and d'Antin reached an agreement that saw the d'Antin team becoming an integral part of the Pramac Group.[9] The team used the new 800 cc Ducati Desmosedici GP7 and Bridgestone tyres, and Brazilian Alex Barros joined the team alongside Alex Hofmann. Barros had a strong season finishing regularly in the top ten and taking a podium finish at the Italian Grand Prix, beating works rider Casey Stoner into fourth place. Hofmann had a more average season and he injured his hand in practice at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. He was replaced by Chaz Davies for the remainder of the weekend, and by Iván Silva at Brno. Hofmann returned to racing at Misano but he was fired by the team following the Portuguese Grand Prix, after pulling out of the race while in with a chance of scoring points, due to a lack of motivation.[10] Davies returned to complete the season.

Alice Team[edit]

In 2008, the team continued using the Ducati Desmosedici GP8 and Bridgestone tyres. Sylvain Guintoli and Toni Elías were the team's riders, while the team was sponsored by Alice – Telecom Italia's DSL service – and was renamed the Alice Team. Luis d'Antin resigned from the team midway though the 2008 season, at the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring.[11][12]

Pramac Racing[edit]

For the 2009 season, the team competed under the name of Pramac Racing, using the Ducati Desmosedici GP9 and Bridgestone tyres with Mika Kallio and Niccolò Canepa as the team's riders.[13] On 19 August 2009 it was announced Aleix Espargaró would race for Pramac in Indianapolis and Misano, the seat having been filled by Michel Fabrizio at Brno. He replaced Kallio who in turn replaced Casey Stoner at the Ducati works team.[14] Kallio and Espargaró raced for Pramac for the 2010 season.

The Pramac team competed in the 2011 championship with riders Loris Capirossi and Randy de Puniet[15] and achieving a sixth place as a best race result. Damian Cudlin and Sylvain Guintoli entered some races replacing an injured Capirossi. In 2012 Pramac Racing fielded only one bike for Héctor Barberá.[16] Andrea Iannone and Ben Spies were announced as the riders for 2013.[17] Spies was injured for all but the first two races of that season and was replaced by Michele Pirro and later Yonny Hernández, who ended up securing a ride for the team in the 2014 season[18] alongside the confirmed Iannone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pramac Racing Team". Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Pramac and D'Antin reach agreement for 2007". Motorsport.com. 28 October 2006. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Harada secures 500 ride". Motorcycle News (Bauer Media Group). 9 December 2001. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Max Biaggi signs three year deal to ride RC211V with Pramac". MotoGP.com (Dorna Sports). 19 September 2002. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Honda Pons, Pramac and Max Biaggi join forces for 2003". MotoGP.com (Dorna Sports). 7 November 2002. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "Pramac Racing presents 2003 MotoGP sports programme". MotoGP.com (Dorna Sports). 5 March 2003. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Pramac Honda snares Tamada on Bridgestones". SuperbikePlanet.com (Hardscrabble Media). 8 January 2003. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "Camel Honda announce official line-up". MotoGP.com (Dorna Sports). 20 January 2004. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Pramac increases d'Antin involvement.". Crash.net (Crash Media Group). Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "Hofmann sacked". Crash.net (Crash Media Group). Retrieved 17 September 2007. 
  11. ^ "Luis D'Antin leaves Alice team". Autosport.com (Haymarket Media Group). 10 July 2008. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  12. ^ "Luis d'Antin Steps Down From His Own Team". MotoMatters.com. 10 July 2008. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  13. ^ "Pramac Racing announce Kallio and Canepa signings for 2009". MotoGP.com (Dorna Sports). 19 October 2008. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  14. ^ "Espargaro named in Pramac squad". Autosport.com (Haymarket Media Group). 19 August 2009. 
  15. ^ Birt, Matthew (6 November 2010). "Randy de Puniet clinches Ducati deal". Motorcycle News (Bauer Media Group). Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  16. ^ "Pramac confirm Barberá signing for 2012". MotoGP.com (Dorna Sports). 7 November 2011. 
  17. ^ "Ducati announces Ben Spies and Andrea Iannone for Pramac satellite team in 2013". MotoGP.com (Dorna Sports). 12 September 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  18. ^ "Yonny Hernández and Pramac Racing Team together for 2014". Pramac Racing. 11 November 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 

External links[edit]

  • Official website