TT Assen: Pramac Racing race report

GOOD RESULT FOR THE PRAMAC RACING TEAM RIDERS: TENTH POSITION FOR ESPARGARO', ELEVENTH FOR KALLIO. Good test for the Pramac Racing Team riders today on Assen circuit. Aleix Espargarò has completed the race in the tenth position, obtaining ...

GOOD RESULT FOR THE PRAMAC RACING TEAM RIDERS: TENTH POSITION FOR ESPARGARO', ELEVENTH FOR KALLIO.

Good test for the Pramac Racing Team riders today on Assen circuit. Aleix Espargarò has completed the race in the tenth position, obtaining the fourth position among the top ten in the last four races. Despite the bad start that saw him lose several positions, he immediately retrieved the riders ahead of him. After passing Kallio in the third lap, he start to recover the gap he had from Simoncelli, that was nearly three seconds ahead. A good race pace has given him the opportunity to reduce the disadvantage by Italian rider and overtake him in the fourteenth lap. Just after he had pass Simoncelli, Aleix tried to detach and recover Edwards in the eighth position. But because the gap he had from the American was almost five seconds, and because Simoncelli was always close to him, Aleix thought to be overtake by the Italian rider and study his trajectory in order to identify the point where he can try the final overtake. Despite the very small gap on the last lap, he was unable to move back ahead and to win the ninth position. Good performance for Mika Kallio that thanks to a good start, had won the eleventh position. The Finn has battled for almost all the race with Capirossi and Barberà to win the eleventh position. Over the last five laps it was first passed by Loris Capirossi and then intensely struggled with Barberà. A great last corner start, allowed him to keep the Spaniard back and finish the race in the eleventh position. A positive weekend for riders who have always given their best to obtain an important result of this historic Dutch circuit.

Fabiano Sterlacchini - Pramac Racing Team Technical Director

"Assen result do not fully repay the work we have done during this weekend, we knew that we could go very fast on this track and get an important result with both riders, in any case is a positive result. We finished the race with both riders and we have seen the steady growth of both. Mika had struggled to get the eleventh position, he has a great start, he was in tenth position after the first lap. He subsequently lost a few positions, but in the last turns he headed the group that was struggling for eleventh and in the last round he had won the position against Barberà. It 's a good result that gives good hopes for his complete recover on the Barcelona track where he will race next weekend. Good race for Aleix who proved once more to improve his feeling with his bike and this category. The hope is that he can get a good result in his home track next week. "

Aleix Espargarò - Pilot Pramac Racing - 10th in the race - 12th in World Championship

"The result does not prove the full value I could give on this track. Unfortunately the bad start had made me lost immediately the contact from the first riders, I had to fight to regain the positions I have lost. After I had pass some riders I have had a good race pace that allowed me to recover the gap I had from Simoncelli. In eight laps I managed reduce the three seconds gap I had from him and pass him. I pushed as hard to try to detach him but I risk the falling into a couple of strokes. At seven laps I made him pass me. I studied the places where I could try to overcome him, but the last lap I could not be so close to beat him. I'm also happy to had a so reduced gap from the Grand Prix winner, this is the minimum gap I had in this season. In the next week we'll race in Barcelona, my home Grand Prix. I will do my best to obtain a good result for my team and my fans. "

Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing Team - 11th in the race - 14th in the World Championship

"I'm very happy for the excellent start I had that allowed me to gain three positions after the first lap. Unfortunately my race pace has not allowed me to stay with the best riders, my bike was not very quick in some fast points of the track. I fought with Capirossi and Barberà for the eleventh position. In the last five laps I was able to drive the group to the end and I win the battle with Barberà that he could not pass me in the last corner. I hope to get a better result next week on the Spanish circuit. "

-source: pramac racing

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