UNLCUKY RACE FOR THE PRAMAC RACING TEAM IN CATALUNYA. KALLIO TWELFTH, ESPARGARO' RETIRED A really unlucky Grand Prix of CataluÃ±a for the Pramac Racing Team. Aleix EspargarÃ² has slipped during the fifth lap, when he was in eleventh position and...
UNLCUKY RACE FOR THE PRAMAC RACING TEAM IN CATALUNYA. KALLIO TWELFTH, ESPARGARO' RETIRED
A really unlucky Grand Prix of Cataluña for the Pramac Racing Team. Aleix Espargarò has slipped during the fifth lap, when he was in eleventh position and while, thanks to a good rhythm, was reducing the gap from the riders in front of him. Good start for Mika Kallio who started from fifteenth position made it to conclude the first lap conquering two positions. The Finn rider was able to ride well for a couple of laps but he had to give up to other riders who had a better rhythm compared to him. He concluded the race in twelfth position and therefore gained four world championship points. Next appointment is in fifteen days at the Sachsenring, where the "green" riders will have the opportunity to revenge today's opaque performance.
Fabiano Sterlacchini - Pramac Racing Technical Director
"Probably one of the worst race of the season for us. Aleix was really competitive during every session, but today he slipped twice, once in the warm up and once in the race, and this has compromised his home weekend. It's a pity because Aleix deserved to conquer a good result for the good work he was doing. For what it concern Mika, instead, we didn't make it to find the right way to follow and today's race is the proof of it. Almost a minute of distance from the first rider is really too much. From Sachsenring, which is one of his favorite track, we will have to change a lot."
Mika Kallio - Pilota Pramac Racing Team - 12th in the race - 16th of the World Championship
"What to say, I couldn't go any way faster and I couldn't conquer any more positions. I was riding at least one second slower at every lap compare to the riders in front of me. I made a very good start and this has allowed me to gain some position in the first lap. It has been a difficult weekend for me and for my Team that has worked hard to give me the best bike possible. We will have to make up for this result in the next Grand Prix in Germany."
Aleix Espargarò - Pilota Pramac Raing Team - DNF - 13th of the World Championship
"I'm very sad. After the positive results I have done in the last Gran Prix, I was hoping to have a good result also on this track. This morning I had a great lap time during the warm up and I was having good hopes for the today's race. I was also able to have a very good start, something that has not happened in previous races. This morning during the warm up I had some problems with the front, problems that have recurred also in the race. During the first lap I have overtake Hayden, then its trajectory at the end of the braking line was a bit large and I went off the track to try to not hit him. Thanks to the security street I didn't fall and I had to cut the first curve so that I have regaining my position. During the fifth lap I was pushing hard to reduce the gap that Capirossi had ahead of me. Unfortunately, in a corner my bike had closed the steering wheel while I was braking and the bike slipped on the asphalt. I tried to get back in the race but unfortunately my bike was off. I am very sorry for not being able to finish the race in front of my fans, but I am aware of the growth that we were able to do in the recent races. We must always continue to improve our results."
-source: pramac racing