Portuguese GP: Prama Racing race report

KALLIO SLIPS WHILE IN SIXTH POSITION. CANEPA THIRTEENTH It seems like everything was going in the right direction today for Mika Kallio. The Pramac Racing rider, who started from the tenth position, conquered the seventh position after the first...

KALLIO SLIPS WHILE IN SIXTH POSITION. CANEPA THIRTEENTH

It seems like everything was going in the right direction today for Mika Kallio. The Pramac Racing rider, who started from the tenth position, conquered the seventh position after the first turn and after three laps he was in sixth place. His pace was between the fastest riders and he was trying to reach Edwards who was in front of him, but he suddenly slipped in the last long turn before the final straight at lap six. His teammate, Niccolo Canepa, has finished the race in thirteenth position after a long challenge until the end of the race with Melandri. The Pramac Racing riders will try to conquer better positions in two weeks time in the Australian Grand Prix on the prestigious Phillip Island circuit.

Fabiano Sterlacchini - Pramac Racing Technical Director

"We are very disappointed that Mika has lost this occasion to conquer a good result. He deserved it for how the all racing weekend was going. During the warm up we found some really good solution on the bike and we have obtained the fifth fastest lap of the session. In the race things seemed to go in the right direction, but we all know how things ended. When back in the garage Mika told us he wasn't pushing and the bike suddenly lost the front: we will try to understand what has happened when we will take a look at the data. Niccolo has instead made it to finish the race conquering some world championship points. We hope that we will be able to do much better with both of our riders in the next race in Australia."

Niccolo Canepa - Pramac Racing rider - 13th in the race - 16th in MotoGP classification

"I expected much more today. I made a mistake at the beginning and I didn't make it to stay between the fastest riders. I felt really good on the bike during the warm up and in the race I thought I could have stayed in the top ten. I pushed to the maximum but I couldn't do more than this. A pity then I later lost the battle with Melandri for only twenty-three thousands of a second on the finish line. I tried to overtake him many times but it was really difficult."

Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing rider - DNF the race - 15th in MotoGP classification

"I am very disappointed. I was doing a really good race and all of the sudden I found my bottom on the ground. I wasn't pushing too much, in that part of the track you don't accelerate or brake, but you maintain the rhythm to later accelerate while exiting the turn going to the final straight. The front gave up on me and I slipped to the dirt on the side of the track. I am very sorry for the all Team: they deserve to obtain a good result and I hope to give it to them in these last three races."

-credit: pramac

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Niccolo Canepa , Mika Kallio , Phillip Island
Teams Pramac Racing