Australian GP: Pramac Racing Friday practice report

CANEPA AT MELBOURNE HOSPITAL AFTER TODAY'S FALL. KALLIO NINTH IN THE FIRST FREE SESSION Unlucky day for Niccolo Canepa and the Pramac Racing Team. The Italian rider has fallen during today's free practice on the Phillip Island circuit at turn...

CANEPA AT MELBOURNE HOSPITAL AFTER TODAY'S FALL. KALLIO NINTH IN THE FIRST FREE SESSION

Unlucky day for Niccolo Canepa and the Pramac Racing Team. The Italian rider has fallen during today's free practice on the Phillip Island circuit at turn one while he was going over 200 km/h burning his right elbow. Transported to the mobile clinic the doctor decided to the make him goes to Melbourne's hospital to disinfect the big cut and check if the nerves and tendons are damaged. Only after surgery it will be possible to evaluate if Niccolo will be able to step on track for Sunday's race. His teammate, Mika Kallio, has concluded the day with the ninth fastest time improving himself consistently. Tomorrow two more hours at the disposal of the Finnish rider with the qualifying session that will start at 2pm local time.

Fabiano Sterlacchini - Pramac Racing Technical Director

"We are very sad about what happened to Niccolo today: we have to wait and see how the operation will go. The doctors should make a skin transplant to close the cut. My only advice to Niccolo is to don't have any hurry in these moments but stay calm and evaluate the situation of the injury well. The Team is with him. Mika, on the other side of the garage, has done a pretty good job today registering interesting lap times. We have compared Stoner's data and we have seen that Mika has to modify some lines to follow. If he will make it tomorrow we can already make a big step forward."

Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing rider - 9th fastest lap time - 1'32.572

"We are satisfied of the work done today, a pity only about the slip that made us lose too much time. I went long at turn four and when I was on the grass trying to get back on track I found a water puddle and I couldn't manage the bike anymore. I ran back to the box and jumped on bike two on which we made some modifications straight away. My feeling is good and to start in the top ten on Friday is always positive. Tomorrow with some adjustments we can be even more competitive."

Niccolo Canepa - Pramac Racing rider

"I have fallen when I was in fourth gear at more than 200 Km/h and while I was sliding on the asphalt I burned my leather and so my right elbow got burned quite deeply as well. I feel a lot of pain from the shoulder to the hand but it seems like nothing is broken. We have to go to Melbourne's hospital to clean and disinfect at the best the cut. Only at that time we will be able to understand if a skin transplant will be possible. For Sunday's race we should know something more only after surgery."

-credit: pramac racing

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Niccolo Canepa , Mika Kallio , Phillip Island
Teams Pramac Racing