ESPARGARO' GAIN A TOP TEN POSITION IN INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX: NINTH. KALLIO BETRAYED BY A HOLE IN THE ASPHALT. It could have been the first top ten for both Pramac Racing Team riders. Unfortunately, a hole in the asphalt of Indianapolis circuit...
ESPARGARO' GAIN A TOP TEN POSITION IN INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX: NINTH. KALLIO BETRAYED BY A HOLE IN THE ASPHALT.
It could have been the first top ten for both Pramac Racing Team riders. Unfortunately, a hole in the asphalt of Indianapolis circuit has made Mika Kallio slip ten laps from the end when the Finn was fighting for the seventh position. Pity, because Mika, who had not try in the better way his bike during Friday's free practice due to a strong flu, was running with a very fast pace that would have allowed him to gain a position in the top ten. Mika has started the race from the fifteenth position, he had made a good start that allowed him to close the first lap in the twelfth position very close to the group of riders that where fighting for the top positions. In few laps, he managed to climb into eighth place thanks also to the fall of Melandri and Stoner ahead of him. Pramac Racing Team rider was then overtake by Bautista that was faster than him. Together they have reduce the gap from Simoncelli that was lonely turning in seventh position. Unfortunately, an asphalt disconnection haven't allowed to Mika to end his good race. Aleix Espargarò had regained a position in the top ten, a ninth position, which bodes well for the rest of the season. The Spaniard seems to have returned to have confidence in his abilities. Confidence and speed that had allowed him to win in the first half of the season some good placements. Although the race was hard for Aleix, from early laps he found himself fighting with the riders ahead of him. On the fifth lap he made a double overtake Capirossi and Edwards and in few laps he have sewed up the gap between himself and his teammate. Unfortunately in the final laps his pace did not allow him to stay close to the riders that where fighting for the seventh position, Simoncelli and Bautista, and had to settle to close the race in ninth position. The focus is now moving on Misano where in one week will take place the twelfth round of the MotoGP season.
Fabiano Sterlacchini - Technical Director
"Too bad about Mika's fall, he was having a very good pace that would allow him to fight with other riders for the seventh position. After Brno's fall he aimed to achieve a good result on this track, but unfortunately he had found a hole in the asphalt that saw him lose his front tyre. I'm happy for the ninth place that Aleix had gain, he has returned in the top ten after a difficult period. During this morning warm up we tried some solutions on both bikes that allowed the riders to be fast in all points of the track, we had positive feedback that would lead to a double top ten."
Aleix Espargarò - Pramac Racing Team - 9th in the race - 14th in the world Championship
"It's so hot here, I did a sauna inside my leather suit, I had never run with a similar wheatear condition. I'm really exhausted after this race but very happy to have finished my race in the better way. I was able to start very well and to not lose positions, in the early laps I tried to get my rhythm and overtake the other riders. On the fifth lap, I both overtake Capirossi and Edwards and I sewed up the gap with Mika. Unfortunately I could not have a lap pace that would allow me to be with the others. With the heat the track had became very slippery, during the last laps I tried to complete my race without taking unnecessary further risks. After the summer break I came back in a perfect shape, I cannot wait to race on Misano's, which is one of my favorites.
Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing Team - DNF the race - 16th in the World Championship
"What a bad luck, this is not the right way. I had start a lot better than usual, at the end of the first lap I had conquer three positions. Then thanks to the drop of some riders and to the overtake that I had made on Bautista, I was riding in eighth position with almost four seconds behind Simoncelli. During the eighth lap I was passed again by Bautista, who was faster than me at that time. Together we started to run with a very fast pace and in seven laps we sew up the gap we had from Simoncelli. I was fighting with Simoncelli and Bautista for the seventh position, but in a curve due to a hole in the asphalt I have instantly lost the front tyre and found myself with my face on the asphalt. I could easily fight with the others for the seventh position or at least I could gain a top ten position. I am very disappointed with how things went, but as so often is happening during this season for one reason or another I cannot get the results I deserve."
-source: pramac racing