Qatar GP: Pramac race report

Great eight position at MotoGP debut for Mika Kallio. Canepa seventeenth. Great begin for the Pramac Racing Team rider, Mika Kallio, who has conquered at his debut in the top class an excellent eight position. The Grand Prix of Qatar didn't...

Great eight position at MotoGP debut for Mika Kallio. Canepa seventeenth.

Great begin for the Pramac Racing Team rider, Mika Kallio, who has conquered at his debut in the top class an excellent eight position. The Grand Prix of Qatar didn't start too well for the Finnish rider who lost two positions after starting in tenth place. Thanks to his rhythm he has came back concluding at only ten seconds from the fourth position. His teammate, the debutant Niccolo Canepa, has now passed the emotion of the first race in the World Championship and he will have the opportunity to do better in two weeks time in the next race in Japan on the Motegi circuit.

Fabiano Sterlacchini - Pramac Racing Technical Director

"Happy. A lot. Beside the eight final position, the riders that were in front of him didn't have such a faster rhythm. Unluckily Mika didn't start well and in the first laps lost some time otherwise he could have finish in a better position. Anyway we are positive because the rhythm he maintained for the all race is excellent for a debutant. For Niccolo we are happy that he passed this first Grand Prix without any mistakes, of course he will have to improve, but I think that the many emotions he lived this weekend has limited his performances in his first appearance in the top class."

Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing rider - 8th position

"Before coming here I thought that if I would have finished in the top ten I would have been satisfied: the eight position is therefore a really good result. I didn't manage to start in the best way, but I have maintained a good rhythm. I tried to catch the group in front of me, but after a few laps I thought to keep my rhythm and this strategy paid off. In the last laps I was seeing Vermeulen closer and closer and I think that if I would have had a couple of more laps I could have pass him. Anyway in general we had a positive weekend and we will try to continue on this direction in the next appointment in Japan."

Niccolo Canepa - Pramac Racing rider - 17th position

"I hoped to do better to be honest, but it has been a difficult weekend since the first session and we couldn't expect a miracle for the race. In the last laps I made it to stay with Toseland and I learnt many things. We will try to improve our performances in Japan even if it will be the first time for me in Japan, but I will surely be more aggressive because it is what I need."

-credit: pramac

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Niccolo Canepa , Mika Kallio
Teams Pramac Racing