Portuguese GP: Pramac Racing qualifying report

KALLIO TENTH ON THE PORTUGUESE GP STARTING GRID. CANEPA FOURTEENTH Unlucky day for Mika Kallio who during the Portuguese Grand Prix qualifying session couldn't manage to conquer more than the tenth position due to the intense traffic encountered...

KALLIO TENTH ON THE PORTUGUESE GP STARTING GRID. CANEPA FOURTEENTH

Unlucky day for Mika Kallio who during the Portuguese Grand Prix qualifying session couldn't manage to conquer more than the tenth position due to the intense traffic encountered in the last laps at his disposal. The Finnish rider made it to position himself in sixth place for most of the session, but when it was the time to push more luck wasn't on his side. Tomorrow he will have to start from the fourth row and make a good start in the race. His teammate, Niccolo Canepa, isn't so far from him but has to be satisfied with the fourteenth position on the grid with only two tenth of a second from Mika's best lap time. The start of the Grand Prix of Portugal is scheduled for tomorrow at 1pm local time.

Fabiano Sterlacchini - Pramac Racing Technical Director

"We have been really consistent today by entering for the most part of the session between the fastest riders. Unfortunately at the end, at the last exit with a new soft rear tyre, Mika found some traffic that has limited his performances. A pity because if we would have start from the second row Mika could have done a really good race. Anyway nothing is lost, as we know that Mika can make a big difference in the race. Niccolo on the other side of the garage has registered interesting lap times and if tomorrow will make it to start well he will be able to enter the top ten riders group."

Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing rider - 10th in 1'37.813

"I felt really well today and my lap times can prove it. I have been really consistent until the end, but in the last few laps with Melandri and Talmacsi we slow down each other losing too much time. A pity, a silly mistake that have cost us some positions on the starting grid that we will have to recover tomorrow in the first few laps. I remain anyway trustful as the bike is going really well."

Niccolo Canepa - Pramac Racing rider - 13th in 1'38.042

"We had a lot of fun this afternoon. During the three sessions from yesterday to today we have sensibly improved and this give us a lot of hopes not only for tomorrow's race but for the rest of the season. We have worked really well with the Team today and the bike reacted perfectly to my moves. I am convinced that tomorrow we will be able to do a really good performance."

-credit: pramac

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Niccolo Canepa , Mika Kallio
Teams Pramac Racing