FIFTH AND SIXTH ROW FOR THE PRAMAC RACING TEAM RIDERS IN CZECH REPUBLIC GRAND PRIX Unfortunate qualifying session for Pramac Racing Team riders that conquered the thirteenth and sixteenth position on the starting grid respectively with Kallio...
FIFTH AND SIXTH ROW FOR THE PRAMAC RACING TEAM RIDERS IN CZECH REPUBLIC GRAND PRIX
Unfortunate qualifying session for Pramac Racing Team riders that conquered the thirteenth and sixteenth position on the starting grid respectively with Kallio and Espargarò. The overnight rain in Brno has not allowed the Team to identify the best setting to be developed during qualifying session in the second free practice. Both riders have had some stability problems at the beginning of the qualification into slow curves entrance, that on this track are frequents. In particular Aleix has had some grip problems on the rear tyre that enabled him to be very fast in the curve entrance. Mika instead had partially solved the problems he had yesterday during the first free practice reducing his best lap time of almost one second. His fastest lap time is very close to the top ten. Tomorrow he will certainly battle for an important position. The Grand Prix of Czech Republic will start tomorrow at 2 pm local time.
Fabiano Sterlacchini - Technical Director
"We started the qualifying session with the best setting developed yesterday morning during the first free practice. The feedbacks were quite positive but we also encountered some problems in almost all sectors. In qualifying we have changed some positive characteristics identified in both free practice and once we mounted soft tyres the lap times were significantly lowered. We think that we have found a good technical package that we will try tomorrow morning during the warm up. We'll start from the back, but we aim to achieve a good result in tomorrow's race."
Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing Team - 13th fastest lap time in 1'58 .182
"For just a few tenths of a second I was not able to enter in the top ten, I missed the ninth position for only two tenths, which it had happened often in recent times. At the beginning of the qualification I had some problems with the rear wheel and I could not get a good time. Once I put soft tyres I lowered my lap times and I had reduced the gap from the others riders. I had my best lap time at the end of qualifying session by taking a ride to the limit. Tomorrow morning we will turn again with this type of setting to try to further improve my lap time. I aspire to obtain a position in the top ten in tomorrow's race. "
Aleix Espargarò - Pramac Racing Team - 16th fastest lap time in 1'58 .700
"Unfortunately I had a little bit of problems in the curve entrance, I had to brake much more than the other riders to follow the best lines. My gap from the others riders is mainly due to this problem. I was not able to improve my lap time in the last two exit from the box with soft tyres, in fact, I registered my fastest lap time at the twelfth lap on twenty-one. Tomorrow morning during warm up we will make various technical modifications with the hope that I can be more competitive in the race."
-source: pramac racing