FOURTEENTH BEST TIME FOR ALEIX ESPARGARO' IN THE FIRST FREE PRACTISE, SIXTEEN TIME FOR MIKA KALLIO
A study Friday for both Pramac Racing Team riders getting the absolute fourteenth time with Aleix Espargarò and the sixteenth with Kallio. Both riders have tested some new solutions since the last race in Le Mans. In particular, the young Spanish engineers have worked on the braking system of the bike, while the Finn's engineers have worked to get just the right feeling with the Italian track. One of the most difficult of the championship.
Fabiano Sterlacchini - Pramac Racing Technical Director
"We're a little distant from the first riders, we have tried many new interesting solutions and we are getting some good feedback that we'll use for the second free practice and the tomorrow qualifying session. We are looking after Mika's conditions, if they are in some way limiting its performance. He never complains about particular problems, but we know that the trauma he has to his shoulder does not allow him to lead perfectly his bike. He has a bit of difficult on this circuit since he is in MotoGP, but we are very confident for tomorrow, he would certainly improve the results of today. Aleix is always working on his first season, getting feelings with the different circuits, he tried many different solutions from those of Le Mans, he has solved some problems he had on the brake engine. Many riders have reported some disconnects on the road compare to Le Mans, this has partly influenced our lap times. "
Aleix Espargarò - Pramac Racing Team - the 14th best time in 1'52 202
"Also if I'm far from the top riders, I have great confidence in the tomorrow tests. This is one of the most difficult circuit of the MotoGP and I'll try to do my best to get a good result here. We worked hard to develop the best bike for tomorrow so that I could be able to move closer to the first riders. After the good result of Le Mans I'm very motivated to get the best result and I know that with a little of more feeling, I can improve my lap times. "
Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing Team - the 16th best time in 1'52 .418
"Fortunately my shoulder doesn't makes me feel so much pain, I have one second gap from the top eight, but I think that with the changes that we have done today, I'll try to recover the gap and do my best. We had some setting problems that haven't allowed me to lead in the better way my bike, but my team has already identified the problems and knew how to solve them. This is a very difficult track for me, but I will give my best tomorrow to recover some places and to gain a good position on the starting grid. "
-source: pramac racing