French GP: Pramac Racing qualifying report

A two face Saturday qualify for the Pramac Racing Team, but with a positive outcome, on one side the Team celebrates the excellent tenth place on the grid of the young Catalan rider Aleix Espargaro, which continues to demonstrate a very good...

A two face Saturday qualify for the Pramac Racing Team, but with a positive outcome, on one side the Team celebrates the excellent tenth place on the grid of the young Catalan rider Aleix Espargaro, which continues to demonstrate a very good feeling with the French track, the other side is breathing for what it could become a compromised race since the beginning. In this morning second free practice session, Mika Kallio was protagonist, after five minutes from the start, of a fall that caused him the dislocation of his left shoulder. The rider was promptly back on track thanks to the work of the mobile clinic and despite the pain he participated at the qualifications of this early afternoon. He tried in every way to reduce the gap from the riders ahead of him, but the time lost during the morning and the strong pain did not allow him to obtain a better position than the last place on the starting grid. The team still has a tremendous confidence in both riders for tomorrow which will be interesting and combative.

Fabiano Sterlacchini - Pramac Racing Technical Director

"We are delighted for the excellent time that Aleix made, he will start from the tenth position, shame because it could reduce more the lap time, but he reached the finish line at the same time that the checkered flag was showed and this don't allowed him to take another lap. Excellent time, however, that bodes well for the tomorrow race, we hope that the starting straight will let him recover already some other positions so that he can prove himself as a great rider. We feel so sorry for Mika, the fall during the second round of the free practice of this morning did not allow us to test all the changes that we had set for his bike. However, we have worked hard through all the qualifications being able to reduce by half a second the best lap time from yesterday. Mika has a lot of pain in the shoulder and this didn't allowed him to push hard in qualifying today, we hope that tomorrow he will accuse less pain and that he becomes protagonist of a great race. "

Aleix Espargaro - Pramac Racing Team - 10th best time in 1'34 .514

"I am delighted with the result that I obtained, I have reduced by almost a second the best lap time I had yesterday, I also kept the same gap that I had from the leader of the first free practice. So I start out with an enormous charge for tomorrow, I hope to be able to finally repay the confidence that the team has placed in me during this difficult start of the championship. I have a good bike and the technicians have worked to make my bike perfect for this race. Too bad for not being able to make another qualifying lap, maybe I could further lower my lap time. This is absolutely the best position I have got on the grid since I race in MotoGP, I have a good feeling with this track and I hope to do a good race tomorrow. "

Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing Team - 15th best time in 1'35 .810

"During the free practice of this morning I crashed after just two rounds, this caused me a shoulder problem and has not allowed me to try on the track the set that the team had prepared for my bike. Fortunately, the shoulder is not broken, the doctors of the mobile clinic have made me some infiltration to allow me to do better qualifications. Despite the pain, I really wanted to take part in qualifying and I try to make the perfect balanced bike for the race of tomorrow. Unfortunately, the shoulder pain and the time that I have lost this morning, have just allowed me to reduced just half a second the time that I have achieved in the practice yesterday. To start again from the bottom of the grid is not so nice, but I will give my best to repay the tremendous work that the team have done for me. "

-source: pramac

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Mika Kallio , Aleix Espargaro
Teams Pramac Racing