Good start for Kallio during free practice in Qatar, seventh. Canepa still looking for more confidence. Pramac Racing Team rider Mika Kallio confirmed his good performance registered during the official test in Jerez with the seventh best...
Good start for Kallio during free practice in Qatar, seventh. Canepa still looking for more confidence.
Pramac Racing Team rider Mika Kallio confirmed his good performance registered during the official test in Jerez with the seventh best lap time during the first free practice of the Grand Prix of Qatar in Doha. The Finnish rider remained between the top eight riders during the all session. A great start for the rookie. His teammate, Niccolo Canepa, still need some time to improve his feeling with the Desmosedici GP9 Sat. The Italian rider will try to use in the best way possible tomorrow's free practice session to be result more competitive in the first qualifying session of the season.
Fabiano Sterlacchini - Pramac Racing Technical Director
"We can consider ourselves satisfied of this start: Mika is confirming at every session that he can do really well in the top class. During the test we made it to be even faster and we believe we'll be able to improve tomorrow. We made some modification on the bike after Jerez test and this has helped us a lot. Mika has done a really good session. Niccolo has ridden really good during the test; we have to give him some time to get used to ride in the top class. With a bit of time I am sure he will be able to sensibly improve his performances."
Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing rider - 7th best lap time in 1'58"499
"Today everything went quite well. I made it to be really constant and this gives me a lot of trust for Sunday's race. It will surely be important to work well tomorrow for then see how the race will go. I am really happy of this start. The Team has worked really well. It has been really strange to work so intensively on two bikes due to the 15 minutes cut, but we will have to get used to it."
Niccolo Canepa - Pramac Racing rider - 17th best lap time in 2'00"597
"Time has gone so fast today, forty-five minutes are really not enough for a completely new rider like me. We will need much more time to find the best feeling with the bike and to find the best method of work. The position I am in right now it surely doesn't make me smile: tomorrow we will have to work even harder to sensibly improve."