Japanese GP: Pramac Racing Friday practice report

Difficult start for the Pramac Racing in the first day of practice in Japan In the first forty-five minutes of free practice of the Japanese Grand Prix, second round of the 2009 MotoGP World Championship, things didn't go too well for the Pramac...

Difficult start for the Pramac Racing in the first day of practice in Japan

In the first forty-five minutes of free practice of the Japanese Grand Prix, second round of the 2009 MotoGP World Championship, things didn't go too well for the Pramac Racing Team. Mika Kallio has started quite well positioning in tenth place after a few minutes, but around half session he felt with his Ducati Desmosedici GP9 Sat losing a lot of time before stepping back on track. His teammate, Niccolò Canepa, rode on the Motegi circuit for the first time today and has therefore used these first minutes to learn the track. The two riders are now respectively in seventeenth and eighteenth position. The white and red duo will have at its disposal another free practice tomorrow morning to try to be more competitive during qualifying session that will start at 2.05pm local time.

Fabiano Sterlacchini - Pramac Racing Technical Director

"It's a pity for Mika's fall. We were trustful to be able to do well and this has complicated the work we have planned. It has been a strange fall: Mika was in the first fast lap with some new tyres and probably the left side of the tyre, which is not used so much on this circuit, was still cold. Luckily it seems he isn't hurt. On the other side we knew that it would have been a session where Niccolò had only to getting familiar with the circuit and his lap times are already interesting. We believe that both riders will be able to take a big step forward tomorrow to start in the best way Sunday's race."

Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing rider - 17th in 1'51.643

"Looking at the classification today it went really bad. I don't know what happened when I felt; I lost the control of the rear without even accelerating. This has complicated our work today and we will have almost to start from zero tomorrow morning. I hit really hard my left ankle, but for the moment it seems like nothing too serious."

Niccolò Canepa - Pramac Racing rider - 18th in 1'51.929

"I really like the track. I have used this session to learn the best lines to follow. It will be difficult to reach the other riders with only two forty-five minutes free sessions, but I will do my best. I found the circuit very slippery, most of all where Mika has fallen. During this session I have used only one rear tyre and having registered my fastest lap time after 20 laps give me some hopes for the rest of the weekend."

-credit: Pramac Racing

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Niccolo Canepa , Mika Kallio
Teams Pramac Racing