EIGHTH AND BEST POSITION YET FOR ESPARGARO' IN THE ITALIAN GRAND PRIX An important weekend for the Pramac Racing Team that has used today the livery designed by the creator and designer Philippe Starck in honor of yesterday's World Environment...
EIGHTH AND BEST POSITION YET FOR ESPARGARO' IN THE ITALIAN GRAND PRIX
An important weekend for the Pramac Racing Team that has used today the livery designed by the creator and designer Philippe Starck in honor of yesterday's World Environment Day. The livery on Aleix Espargarò bike was signed on the grid by the French designer and have give good luck to the young Spaniard who, after the ninth position in Le Mans two weeks ago, have reached the eighth place in the Grand Prix of Italy on the Mugello track. That is, until now, the best result in his MotoGP career for him and so the livery will have a greater value when it will be auctioned through the charity organization Riders for Health website. Starting from the ninth position, the Spaniard has conquered three positions at the start and finished in sixth position for three laps until a touch with Simoncelli that forced him to retreat various positions. Aleix has not let go and has finish in the eighth place. Another character test that gives eight points in the world rankings and puts him just seven points behind the leader of the special classification for the Rookies of the Year in MotoGP, Marco Simoncelli. Shame for Mika Kallio that slipped after eight laps when he was in twelfth position. Until that lap he had maintained a good race pace that would have allowed him to easily maintain the top ten position. There is now a week off before the three consecutive week races that end with the Grand Prix of Cataluña on July 4th.
Fabiano Sterlacchini - Pramac Racing Technical Director
"Unfortunately the result is not what we hoped for, we were aiming to have good placement with both drivers, because we are fully aware of the quality of our bikes. During yesterday's qualifying we had some problems with Mika's bike that we had partially solved by changing a few settings and making his bike better balanced for this track. It was a great start for him winning some positions, but when he was in the twelfth position he has slipped compromising his race. I should make my warmest congratulations to Aleix and the other part of the box for the wonderful race. We hope that he will continue to give his best and that he can always gain important positions like today. The eighth place on a so hard track where he has competed only four times in the past is an excellent test for the next races. "
Aleix Espargarò - Pramac Racing - 8th in the race - 14th in the MotoGP World Championship with 16 points
"I am delighted to have reach the eighth position today. After Le Mans Grand Prix I gained more confidence in my potential and I want to try to improve every race so that I can reduce the gap from the best riders. I like so much to be in the front positions, and I'll do my best to try to improve even more in the next Gran Prix. I've had since Friday a great rhythm on this track, I knew I have to give my best to get a good result in my Team's home track. I had a good start and I was in the sixth position after the first turn. Unfortunately in the first lap I had a contact with Simoncelli and this made me lose some positions, but I held up my concentration acquiring a good rhythm. I lost a couple of positions, overtaken by Capirossi and Edwards, but from the thirteenth lap I conquered back a couple of position and led the group that was fighting for eighth place until the end. This is a great result for me. I'm now looking forward for the next race to try to improve my position. I'm very happy on how this season is now going. Too bad for the races in Qatar and Jerez where I got just one point. I hope that Mika will return to fight soon for the top positions as he has all the qualities to do it."
Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing - DNF - 16th in the MotoGP World Championship with 12 points
"What can I say, this hasn't been the best weekend for me. The pain I felt in my shoulder and some technical problems I encountered yesterday morning didn't allowed me to get a good position on the grid. We solved some problems this morning during warm up and I found a considerable improvement in the handling of the bike. I started very well, I immediately gained three positions in few laps and I was very close to the group that was fighting for eighth place. Unfortunately, in turn ten I closed too much my steering and I felt off the bike. I wanted to give my best on this track because it is the Pramac Racing Team home circuit. I will work hard to prove my value in the coming races."
-source: pramac racing