NINTH BEST TIME FOR ALEIX ESPARGARO' IN THE FIRST FREE PRACTISE OF THE GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE. FIFTEENTH TIME FOR MIKA KALLIO. A beautiful sunny day today in Le Mans for the first free practice of the Grand Prix de France. Both Pramac Racing Team...
NINTH BEST TIME FOR ALEIX ESPARGARO' IN THE FIRST FREE PRACTISE OF THE GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE. FIFTEENTH TIME FOR MIKA KALLIO.
A beautiful sunny day today in Le Mans for the first free practice of the Grand Prix de France. Both Pramac Racing Team riders have not disfigured obtaining the ninth time with Aleix Espargaro and the fifteenth time with Mika Kallio. An excellent proof for the Catalan rider that gives good feelings for the tomorrow second free practice and the qualifying laps that will set the starting grid for the Grand Prix de France. Aleix is not so far from the leader of the first free practice, Valentino Rossi, in fact, the young rider of the Pramac Racing Team has just one second gap from the World Champion. In the other side of the box the technicians have already identified the changes that have to be made on Mika's bike to make it more balanced for the tomorrow practice and help the Finn rider to confirm the excellent results of the Spanish Grand Prix.
Fabiano Sterlacchini - Pramac Racing Technical Director
"We're halfway happy for the results of these first free practice, if Aleix was the protagonist of a very good test, in the other side we had some problems with Mika's bike that did not allow us to reduce the gap from the riders ahead of him. We have already identified some setting changes that will allow him to have a more stable bike on the corners entry, we hope that this will allow him to get a better qualifying time tomorrow. After the good result of Jerez we have to keep high concentration to improve our results ."
Aleix Espargaro - Pramac Racing Team - 9th fastest time in 1'35 .450
"I am very happy with this result, especially because on Fridays I generally have some problems to get confidence with the new circuits. I am excited to have close the first free practice with just one second gap from the first rider and also because I was faster than other riders that have much more experience than me. I was able to receive some technical advice from Ducati, I still have some problems with the front wheel but I have got a lot of trust in my team and I'm sure that tomorrow they will give me a even more competitive bike to have the best deal with the second free practice and qualifying. "
Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing Team - 15th best time in 1'36 .292
"I am a bit upset about the result, but we did a tremendous job with the Team to try to solve all the problems and I think we have found the right balance for tomorrow. Unfortunately, my riding style does not allow me to be fast with this bike on some circuits and for this reason we need a little more time of the others to find the faster time. We remain however confident since after the first day of the last Grand Prix of Jerez, the situation was even more uncertain. "
-source: pramac racing