Catalunyan GP: Pramac Racing Friday practice report

Kallio's bike hitted by a stone in the last free practice lap of the day in Barcelona. Canepa eighteenth Not the easiest start for the Pramac Racing Team in the first day of free practice in the Grand Prix of Catalunya. Mika Kallio has begun ...

Kallio's bike hitted by a stone in the last free practice lap of the day in Barcelona. Canepa eighteenth

Not the easiest start for the Pramac Racing Team in the first day of free practice in the Grand Prix of Catalunya. Mika Kallio has begun with interesting lap times, but in the last part of the session he couldn't make it to improve concluding in seventeenth position. The Finnish rider has also been really unlucky because just before the last lap at his disposal, when he had new tyres, the bike in front went just off track and launched a small stone at his bike. Niccolo Canepa made it to improve lap by lap in his first Grand Prix in Barcelona concluding in eighteenth position. Tomorrow the white and red riders will try to use in the best way the new technical updates to conquer a good position in Sunday's starting grid.

Fabiano Sterlacchini - Pramac Racing Technical Director

"Today we have tried various technical solution and notwithstanding lap times aren't the best we remain trustful for the rest of the weekend. Mika has also been really unlucky: De Angelis, who was in front of him, went just off track in a turn and with the rear tyre launched a small stone at him braking his front glass and turning down one of his electronical control lever. Mika saw the electronic light flashing and preferred to don't push too much thinking there were some problems. Think how unlucky to hit one of those control level that are smaller then half of a finger. I am sure that we will improve a lot tomorrow with both riders. Niccolo is improving race after race, we can see he believes in himself much more."

Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing rider - 17th in 1'45.394

"Just like almost all other weekends of race, in the first half of the first session we manage to stay in a good position, but after we changed set up of the bike we lose too many positions. Anyway the feeling with the bike has improved a lot compare to the last race in Mugello. I think that tomorrow, if we will manage to find the right balance on the bike we will make it to enter the top ten. With the new technical solutions the bike seems to have less power, most of all in the first three gears, but in the turns is much more easier to control. Tomorrow we will try to increase the power in the first three gears to understand the bike's reaction."

Niccolo Canepa - Pramac Racing rider - 18th in 1'45.454

"When we have some technical updates we need some time to adapt to it, but we have to consider our self satisfied on how things went today. As base set up we have done a really good job and race after race we get closer to the other riders. This is a track where I have ridden before for only a few laps, but I liked it straight away. Tomorrow we will fight to improve our position for Sunday's starting grid."

-credit: pramac

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Niccolo Canepa , Mika Kallio
Teams Pramac Racing