THE RAIN SLOWS DOWN THE FIRST FREE PRACTICE OF THE AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX AT PHILLIP ISLAND The torrential rain that has come down on Phillip Island's track during the day, has delayed by over an hour the start of the MotoGP first free practice.
THE RAIN SLOWS DOWN THE FIRST FREE PRACTICE OF THE AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX AT PHILLIP ISLAND
The torrential rain that has come down on Phillip Island's track during the day, has delayed by over an hour the start of the MotoGP first free practice. Once the MotoGP riders have got the green light they all took the way to the track, but because of the rain, less intense but still annoying, it was not possible to go very fast. This is also why the Pramac Racing Team riders had difficulties to score a good lap time, close to other riders one. The final gap of Aleix Espargarò was over six seconds. Mika Kallio, despite the shoulder pain that affects his performance, was able to mark the eleventh fastest time. The first free practice were, however, distorted by today's weather conditions. The hope is that tomorrow morning's weather will give the possibility to lead in the better way the second free practice and the qualifying session that are predicted to be very difficult as interesting.
Fabiano Sterlacchini - Technical Director
"The track conditions have not helped us. The gap from the first riders is huge, but we don't have to give much importance to it anyway. We worked hard to try a few raining settings so that we'll be ready for rain in the tomorrow's qualifying and for Sunday's race. Mika, despite the sore shoulder, have done a fairly good free practice, the final gap is huge, but he was still able to reduce his lap time in these conditions."
Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing Team - 11th fastest lap time in 1'44 .170
"Riding my bike with the shoulder in these conditions becomes increasingly difficult, riding it on a wet track is even more difficult. I'm quite happy because I was able to reduce my lap time in the last minute. Certain the gap from the former riders cannot enjoy myself much, but I am still confident for tomorrow's qualifying, where we will try to limit the damage and gain a good starting position for Sunday's Grand Prix. "
Aleix Espargarò - Pramac Racing Team - 15th fastest lap time in 1'48 .127
"With today's weather condition I tried to go fast while avoiding taking excessive risk and this does not helped me to be very fast. The gap from the first rider is huge, but I do not give much importance to this think, also because I hope that tomorrow the weather conditions are getting better so that I can be able to fight for a good starting position. "
-source: pramac racing