A GOOD START FOR ESPARGARO' IN INDIANAPOLIS. KALLIO WITH A STRONG FLU CONCLUDES THIRTEENTH. Discreet approach of the Pramac Racing Team riders at the first free practice on Indianapolis's circuit. Aleix EspargarÃ², was for long time one of the...
A GOOD START FOR ESPARGARO' IN INDIANAPOLIS. KALLIO WITH A STRONG FLU CONCLUDES THIRTEENTH.
Discreet approach of the Pramac Racing Team riders at the first free practice on Indianapolis's circuit. Aleix Espargarò, was for long time one of the top eight riders of the ranking, but he has had to settle for the ninth overall position with just a second of gap from the first rider of the ranking, Casey Stoner on the official Ducati. Rather difficult test for the Finn Mika Kallio that was having a strong flu, he had conquered the thirteenth fastest time during the first practice, stopping the clock with a gap of a half second from his teammate. The hope is that tomorrow the Finn may be again in top physical condition so that he can be more aggressive on the track. Both riders will be able to lower their lap times during the second free practice of tomorrow morning that will be before the qualifying session that will start at 2 pm local time.
Marco Rigamonti - Track Engineer Aleix Espargarò
"Aleix continues to confirm its value: this ninth position bodes very well for tomorrow's qualifying, in which we'll try to have a good starting position. We still have some grip problems with the front, we have already identified some changes on his bike that will allow him to be fast in all sectors of the track. We have look after Aleix telemetry data, we have seen that he is able to be very close to the fastest riders in the third sector, but he has a big gap in the first sector. We will work hard to ensure that his bike is perfectly balanced."
Aleix Espargarò - Pramac Racing Team - 9th fastest time in 1'41 .992
"It is great to be back on the track of my MotoGP debut. Even last year I had a great feeling with this track and now things are going in the right way. I am satisfied with the work we have done with my engineers that have managed to balance my bike and best way suiting my characteristics. I still have some problems in the first sector of the track where I cannot take advantage of my bike's power and I can't be fast as I want. The gap from the first rider of the ranking is not huge and this gives me a great charge for tomorrow's qualifying session. I will give my best to conquer a good position on the starting grid. "
Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing Team - 13th fastest time in 1'42 .600
"This morning I did not feel very well. I have the flu and I was afraid of not being able to ride my bike. Then, thanks also to the mobile clinic, I recover a little managing to ride even if not in the best physical condition. With my technician we have identified some changes to make on my bike that we'll try during the second free practice session of tomorrow morning. I cannot be very fast in the second last sector because of the slow chicane. I also have some stability problems in the last sector of the track that is fast part that end on the finish line. Thanks also to the changes we have made today, I'll try to improve my position tomorrow and gain a good position on Sunday's starting grid."
-source: pramac racing