French GP: Pramac Racing race report

Difficult Grand Prix of France for the Pramac Racing Team. Canepa fifteenth, Kallio deceived by the track condition A weekend that will have to be forget really soon by the Pramac Racing Team. The Grand Prix of France has been full of surprises...

Difficult Grand Prix of France for the Pramac Racing Team. Canepa fifteenth, Kallio deceived by the track condition

A weekend that will have to be forget really soon by the Pramac Racing Team. The Grand Prix of France has been full of surprises since the beginning: the rain dropped in the morning has obligated the MotoGP riders to start the race with wet set up for then after only a few laps change the bike due to the improvement of the track. Mika Kallio was in ninth position when overtaking a slower rider he didn't see some water remained on the track that made him slip. A pity as Mika was registering really interesting lap time. His teammate, Niccolo Canepa, made it to conquer another world championship point, the third of the season, in his first Gran Prix ridden on the Le Mans circuit. Next world championship round in two weeks time at Mugello for the Grand Prix of Italy.

Fabiano Sterlacchini - Pramac Racing Technical Director

"One of the most incredible weekend ever for us. Yesterday for the problem found during qualifying when Mika was in first position, today with the slip due to a waterhole found while overtaking a much slower rider that didn't see Mika was arriving. Nothing we can do about it. We are convinced that our rider can always do well at each Grand Prix; we just need a bit of luck. Niccolo, on the other side of the garage, is improving his rhythm race by race and at Mugello, track that he knows really well, he will have to show us his true value."

Niccolo Canepa - Pramac Racing rider - 15th in the race - 18th in the Championship

"A strange race. I lost a lot of time after changing bike. I took too much time to get the rhythm. Then, in the last five or six laps of the race, I was riding really well and this gives me a lot of trust for the next race at Mugello. Finally a track that I know well and where I will try not only to continue to drop my distance from the firsts riders but also my position in the standing."

Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing rider - DNF - 14th in the Championship

"We were doing really well today. I chose the right moment to change bike and I was in a good position. I reached Hayden and I tried to overtake him in the inside. All of a sudden he changed line and I was obligated to pass outside where there was a wet spot on the track and I slipped. Probably he didn't see me. I am very sad about today because I was feeling really well."

-credit: pramac

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Niccolo Canepa , Mika Kallio
Teams Pramac Racing