Canepa celebrates 21 years in Le Mans

The weekend of racing begins for the Pramac Racing Team with the celebration of Niccolo Canepa twenty-first birthday. In Le Mans, France, the Italian rider celebrates his first birthday in the MotoGP paddock: an extra motivation for the rider who will ride on this track for the first time in his career. His teammate, Mika Kallio, knows well the French track and will try to forget the unlucky performance in Jerez de la Frontera where he was obligated to retire due to some problems with the rear brake. The Finnish rider didn't make it to step on the podium in the last two years in the quarter liter class in Le Mans. He has stepped on the French podium in the 125 class when he finished respectively third and second in 2005 and 2006.

Fabiano Sterlacchini - Pramac Racing Technical Director

"It starts for us another hard weekend. We absolutely have to forget Jerez race, where due to various things we didn't make it to conquer any points with any of our riders. The weather forecast doesn't give us great hopes as on Saturday, when we have most of the time to practice, it should rain all day long. I want to wish happy birthday to Niccolo who turns 21 today. I hope this will be for him a good motivation to obtain a good result."

Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing rider

"Finally back on track after the unlucky Jerez weekend. Sunday after the race I was really disappointed. I knew that I could have been again in the top ten but all of us know how it went. Now I will try to conquer a good result here on this fun and unpredictable track due to its weather conditions. I hope to enjoy the weekend and take home as many world championship points as possible for me and for the Pramac Racing Team."

Niccolo Canepa - Pramac Racing rider

"It's nice to celebrate my twenty-first birthday in the MotoGP Paddock. My Team has organized a surprised party in the box preparing an amazing chocolate cake. I am very happy to be part of this Team and I hope to be able to give them many satisfactions in the shortest time possible. I have never ridden here in Le Mans and I know it will be another hard weekend, but for what I have seen on TV and going around the circuit with my scooter it seems like a nice and fun track. I have everything I need to do well."

-credit: pramac