TT Assen: Pramac Racing race report

UNLUCKY RACE FOR KALLIO IN ASSEN. CANEPA FOURTEENTH Strong emotions for the Pramac Racing Team during the Dutch Grand Prix. Mika Kallio, due to a non-satisfying start, found himself in fourteenth position after only a few turns but as usual, the...

UNLUCKY RACE FOR KALLIO IN ASSEN. CANEPA FOURTEENTH

Strong emotions for the Pramac Racing Team during the Dutch Grand Prix. Mika Kallio, due to a non-satisfying start, found himself in fourteenth position after only a few turns but as usual, the Scandinavian rider didn't give up and started a great comeback. Lap after lap he made some great overtakes until he found himself in sixth position. With only three turns to the end and five riders that were right behind him in a sensational fight that was during for almost half of the race, Mika has unluckily slipped. He stood up straight away on his feet and looked really concerned while pointing his left hand. At the Mobile Clinic Doctor Costa found a really hard contusion at his ring finger. His left hand remained in fact under the bike for many meters and made the glove and its protection burn out and so it did the last part of his finger. Mika will have more medical check tomorrow in Finland to understand if he will be able to race next week in Laguna Seca. His teammate, Niccolo Canepa, has concluded in fourteenth position also thanks to a last turn overtake on Takahashi.

Fabiano Sterlacchini - Pramac Racing Technical Director

"We are proud of our rider. Mika has done an extraordinary race even if qualifying and the start of the race weren't the best. He has done a brilliant race until three turns to the end. We are sad for that mistake, but these things can happen in the racing world. The things that concern us the most is his injury: at the beginning it seems like a really bad injury, but also thanks Doctor Costa's treatment things have gotten better even if he is not sure to participate at Laguna Race. Tomorrow we will know more when he will have more medical check up in Finland. We are with him and we hope to have him back as soon as possible."

Niccolo Canepa - Pramac Racing rider - 14th in the race - 16th in MotoGP Classification

"My goal is surely not the fourteenth position this is clear, but anyway things have gone better today on track. I am improving and learning, my feeling on the bike is getting better race after race. I can't wait to go to Laguna Seca now, it will be my first time, but for what I heard it's a marvelous circuit."

Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing rider - DNF in the race - 14th in MotoGP Classification

"So painful, an incredible pain at the same finger I have already injured during my first MotoGP test in Valencia, maybe better to cut it off! Jokes apart it's a pity for how the race was going, we were having a splendid performance, but with three turns to the end I thought to have another rider right behind me and while trying to close the line I lost the front finding my self on the ground. My mistake and I am really sorry for the Pramac Racing Team that has given me a really competitive bike today. Now I will have to check the situation of my hand back in Finland, but I'll do what possible to race in Laguna Seca."

-credit: pramac

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Niccolo Canepa , Mika Kallio
Teams Pramac Racing