French GP: Pramac Racing qualifying report

Unfortunate Kallio will start from the fifth row the French Grand Prix. Canepa seventeenth Not the luckiest qualifying practice for Mika Kallio today. The Pramac Racing rider was in first position for most of the first quarter of the afternoon...

Unfortunate Kallio will start from the fifth row the French Grand Prix. Canepa seventeenth

Not the luckiest qualifying practice for Mika Kallio today. The Pramac Racing rider was in first position for most of the first quarter of the afternoon session, but he then concluded in fourteenth position as he encountered some problems with bike one. Losing some time to prepare bike two the Finnish rider didn't manage to find the same feeling to improve his lap time. His teammate, Niccolo Canepa, has sensibly improved his morning best lap time but he didn't make it to improve his position in tomorrow's starting grid. The Italian rider will therefore start from the sixth row in tomorrow Grand Prix of France, which will start at 2pm local time.

Fabiano Sterlacchini - Pramac Racing Technical Director

"We have been really unfortunate today. Mika was riding in an excellent way at the beginning of the official session, but around the end of the first few laps he encountered some problem in acceleration. We have lost a lot of time trying to set up bike two like the first one, but Mika didn't make to find the same feeling anyway. We are really sad of what happened today because today Mika and his Desmosedici GP9 Sat were really competitive."

Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing rider - 14th best lap time in 1'35.741

"This afternoon first few laps went really well. I made it to reach and remain with Vermeulen for a few laps conquering a really interesting lap time. But already in the last two laps of this first exit I felt some problems coming out of the corners. I tried to comeback on track with the same bike, but the situation wasn't changed. Therefore we tried to adjust bike two in the same way but we didn't have the time to find the same set up that could have allowed me to be competitive again. It's a pity, we will try to do better again tomorrow."

Niccolo Canepa - Pramac Racing rider - 18th best lap time in 1'36.136

"I have improved by two seconds compare to this morning and this gives me a lot of trust as it is the first time I ride here. I am only sad that I didn't use the soft tyre in the best moment. I am getting more confidence with the bike lap by lap and I believe that today we could have done much better if we would have use a different tactic. Anyway I am happy on how things are going because I am getting closer with the riders in front of me."

-credit: pramac

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Niccolo Canepa , Mika Kallio
Teams Pramac Racing