KALLIO ROOKIE OF THE YEAR WITH THE TENTH POSITION IN MALAYSIA. ESPARGARO' ELEVENTH AFTER A GOOD COMEBACK Due to a heavy rainstorm just before the Grand Prix of Malaysia, race director decided to postpone the race of thirty-five minutes. The ...
KALLIO ROOKIE OF THE YEAR WITH THE TENTH POSITION IN MALAYSIA. ESPARGARO' ELEVENTH AFTER A GOOD COMEBACK
Due to a heavy rainstorm just before the Grand Prix of Malaysia, race director decided to postpone the race of thirty-five minutes. The race has so started with wet asphalt and light rain until the last four laps when the sun was shining again. Pramac Racing riders, Mika Kallio and Aleix Espargaro, notwithstanding they have concluded the race with only one second of distance, have completed two completely different races. Mika has started quiet well fighting constantly for the top ten, while Aleix, who has started with some difficulties, has made a good comeback overtaking Edwards and reaching the group with his teammate, Capirossi and De Angelis. The Finnish rider, thanks to the six points achieve today, has conquered the rookie of the year title as the second in this special standing, Niccolo Canepa, is now twenty-six points behind with only one race before the end of the season. Aleix, thanks overtaking De Angelis in the penultimate turn, has equalized his best performance in MotoGP when he finished eleventh in Misano. Appointment for the last round of the 2009 MotoGP World Championship, as it happens from many years, will be on the Valencia circuit in two weeks time.
Fabiano Sterlacchini - Pramac Racing Technical director
"It has been a difficult situation today. All of a sudden the rain started to fall and we have tried to give the best bike possible to Mika even if we have never ridden on wet surface in these three days of work. Mika didn't have a good feeling with the rear of the bike and this didn't allow him to stay with the fastest riders at the beginning of the race. Later, in the final part of the race, he has been really determined to conquer the top ten but sincerely I know we could have achieved a better result if it would have been a dry race. We will try to understand what happened to allow him to be more competitive in the next occasion. To my point of view Aleix has accomplish a really positive race. He is a really intelligent rider and he has showed it in the first laps when he was studying the reaction of the bike on the wet. Then, when he understood the situation, he has started to push more catching riders much more experienced than him. Really my sincere compliments to him for today's performance."
Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing rider - 10th in the race - 15th in the Championship
"I am disappointed on how the race went today. On the dry we could have conquered a much better result but with these conditions I didn't have much confidence with the rear of the bike to accelerate as I wanted. Instead in the breaking the bike was really competitive. In Valencia and I want and I have to accomplish a much better race."
Aleix Espargaro - Pramac Racing rider - 11th in the race - 18th in the Championship
"In the firsts five laps I couldn't believe how slow I was going but I preferred to don't take any risks to understand the reaction of the bike with these asphalt conditions. From the sixth lap I aimed at the group where there were Edwards, De Angelis, Kallio and Capirossi, and lap by lap I reached them making it to overtake the first two. A pity I didn't start well otherwise I could have fought for better positions. I want to thanks the Pramac Racing Team for this weekend of work which allowed me to grow in preparation to the next season."
-credit: pramac racing