Malaysian GP: Pramac Racing Friday practice report

TOUGH DAY OF WORK IN MALAYSIA. KALLIO ELEVENTH, ESPARGARO' SEVENTEENTH As it always happens on the Sepang circuit, Malaysia, hot weather is the real protagonist. Today in fact there were more than 30 degrees and the asphalt temperature reached...

TOUGH DAY OF WORK IN MALAYSIA. KALLIO ELEVENTH, ESPARGARO' SEVENTEENTH

As it always happens on the Sepang circuit, Malaysia, hot weather is the real protagonist. Today in fact there were more than 30 degrees and the asphalt temperature reached 46 degrees. Pramac Racing riders, Mika Kallio and Aleix Espargaro, have stepped on the track for the first hour available concluding respectively in eleventh and seventeenth position. Mika Kallio has tried to modify the set up of the bike combining the data accumulated during the winter test and the last few races without finding a satisfying compromise. Aleix Espargaro has instead tried to find back the feeling with his Ducati Desmosedici GP9 Sat after having stepped on it the last time on September 13th during the Misano Grand Prix. Both of the riders will have to improve tomorrow in the two hours available to reach a good placement on Sunday's staring grid.

Fabiano Sterlacchini - Pramac Racing Technical Director

"With Mika we have decided to begin this weekend of work by combining the data achieved during winter test and the last few races. Unluckily we couldn't mange to reach a satisfying level as our rider didn't have the proper feeling to push more his bike. Tomorrow we will have to make some big changes to conquer a better result. Aleix had to get back the feeling with the bike and lap times didn't really matter for him today. It's been almost two months that he hasn't ridden with us and we are sure that tomorrow he will be already able to improve."

Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing rider - 11th best lap time in 2'03.785

"Like this it doesn't work out. I miss a lot of grip and I can't push as I would like to, but this has to be a positive sign because it means that I have a lot of space to be much faster. I like this track and with the characteristic of our bike and the right technical solutions we can be really competitive. This evening we will study what to do tomorrow and I expect to take a big step forward."

Aleix Espargaro - Pramac Racing rider - 17th best lap time in 2'05.336

"Today it has been a day where I only needed to lose up my muscles and find back the feeling with the bike. In the firsts minutes I was a bit tense but in the last part of the session I was comfortable and lap times did improve. Tomorrow instead I will have to push a lot to conquer a good place on the starting grid. I miss the paddock and it is good to have this opportunity to be here before next season."

-credit: pramac

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Mika Kallio , Aleix Espargaro
Teams Pramac Racing