Australian GP: Pramac Racing race report

KALLIO NINTH IN THE AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX Good start for Mika Kallio in the Grand Prix of Australia ridden on the Phillip Island circuit. The Finnish rider, who started from ninth position, found himself in sixth place after the first lap. From...

KALLIO NINTH IN THE AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

Good start for Mika Kallio in the Grand Prix of Australia ridden on the Phillip Island circuit. The Finnish rider, who started from ninth position, found himself in sixth place after the first lap. From here to the fifteenth lap Mika was battling in the group with Melandri, Dovizioso and De Puniet maintaining a good race rhythm, but from the sixteenth lap the front tyre lost some grip and Mika had to slow down to don't risk to fall. Mika's lap time were almost a second slower and he lost the group and made it to conclude the race in ninth position. Mika will have now the possibility to conquer a better result in seven days in Malaysia on the Sepang circuit.

Fabiano Sterlacchini - Pramac Racing Technical Director

"Mika has found a good feeling with the Ducati Desmosedici GP9 Sat. At Estoril and here in Australia Mika was fighting for fifth, sixth position, but first in Portugal a slip and today a technical problem didn't allow him to fight at the same level with his rivals until the end of the race. For sure we can say that in the last two races luck hasn't been on our side. We know what we are capable of and we are sure that better results will arrive really soon."

Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing rider - 9th in the race - 15th in the Championship

"I am very disappointed today notwithstanding the ninth position isn't such a bad result. Until half of the race I was easily fighting for sixth position, but then something happened in the front part of the tyre and I couldn't maintain the same rhythm. From there on my only objective was to finish the race, as I didn't want to throw away a full racing weekend. Back in the garage we have checked the situation of the bike and we could clearly see that the front tyre was particularly worn out. A pity, we know that this sort of thing can happen to anyone and we confide that in seven days in Malaysia we can achieve a better result, but the disappointment to have wasted a good opportunity remains."

-credit: pramac

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Mika Kallio , Phillip Island
Teams Pramac Racing