MOTOGP BACK IN EUROPE FOR THE GRAND PRIX OF SPAIN IN JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA After a below expectations starting of the season, where both riders of the Pramac Racing team have had to withdraw after a fall at the Losail Circuit, the Green Energy...
MOTOGP BACK IN EUROPE FOR THE GRAND PRIX OF SPAIN IN JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA
After a below expectations starting of the season, where both riders of the Pramac Racing team have had to withdraw after a fall at the Losail Circuit, the Green Energy Team seeks an immediate surrender in the circuit that was suppose to be the third race of the season, the Spanish Grand Prix to be held at Jerez on may 2nd.
The Japanese GP of Motegi was postponed on October 3rd due the ash cloud created by the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull who invaded Europe paralyzing air traffic for 4 days.
Spain is the country that hosts a large number of GP during the current season, there will be played 4 of the 18 GP. Jerez will be the first, there will be the Catalunya GP in July, that of the Comunitat Valenciana that will close the season and Grand Prix de Aragon in mid September that was selected after the further defection of the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The circuit of Jerez de la Frontera is one of the most popular of the championship, consider that this sunday will be the 74th race that takes place at Jerez, the 24th if considering only the 500 and MotoGP classes.
Pramac Racing Team has a fairly good relationship with this track, having scored a podium here when Pramac logo was on Max Biaggi motorbike livery in 2003. Following that season, there were mixed results on the circuit with many withdrawals and placements away from top positions. Last year Pramac Racing Team was ranked sixteenth with Canepa, and a retired for Kallio.
From Finn rider is expected a good result, having scored a victory on this track in 2008 driving a 250 and a second place in 2005 125
Paolo Campinoti - Pramac Racing Team Principal
"I can not hide a bit of sadness for the Qatar results and for this reason I can not wait to return on the track to have a revise.
"We have seen the potential of the Ducati Desmosedici GP10 Sat, Kallio has obtained the second top speed rate behind the Ducati of Stoner. Great satisfaction also for Espargarò that had improves steadily throughout the race week-end, often times getting very close to the first eight riders. Sure is a bit of regret, but fortunately this job allows you to quickly redeem a loss.
"Being able to race the second race on Motegi circuit would regain some confidence in our ability, as we have always obtained excellent results on the track. We have won the second race of our history in 2004 with Tamada."
Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing rider (photo from Dorna pre-event)
"The "Zero" attached to my name on the driver's hits is one thing that I do not like, as I said, this was the worst start of my career. I can not wait to redeem early in the next Spain GP. Jerez is one of my favorites tracks here I had some of the most rewarding moments of my career. On this track, I had won one race in 2008, during my last season of 250cc class, and I also had a second position in 2005 in 125cc class.
"Last year, unfortunately I had a bit of inexperience in the third race in MotoGP, I was on a back place in the starting grid and I haven't finished the race. From Losail's weekend I'll say to save the result of the second section of practice where I got the sixth overall time and is from this point that we have to start for the second race of the season."
Aleix Espargarò - Pramac Racing rider
"Unfortunately, it wasn't the debut of my dreams, before the fall I got a good position on the grid and during the race I had a good pace that would allow me to fill the gap I had with the riders in front of me. I know quite well Jerez circuit, here I got a decent ninth place in 2008 when I was riding a 250. Will be a good thing for me to get good feelings with the circuit since the Friday free practice in order to try to improve my lap times."
-source: pramac racing