Valencian GP: Pramac Racing Friday practice report

DIFFICULT BEGINNING FOR THE PRAMAC RACING TEAM IN VALENCIA The Grand Prix of the Valenciana comunidad didn't begin in the best way possible for the Pramac Racing Team: Mika Kallio has concluded with the eleventh best lap time while his teammate,...

DIFFICULT BEGINNING FOR THE PRAMAC RACING TEAM IN VALENCIA

The Grand Prix of the Valenciana comunidad didn't begin in the best way possible for the Pramac Racing Team: Mika Kallio has concluded with the eleventh best lap time while his teammate, Aleix Espargaro, didn't manage to go further than the eighteenth position. The Catalan rider will have to sensibly improve in the two hours at his disposal tomorrow to conquer a good placement on Sunday's starting grid. Kallio, who didn't start well in the first minutes of the practice, made it to improve in the final part of the session getting really close to the top ten, minimum result acceptable for the 2009 MotoGP rookie of the year.

Fabiano Sterlacchini - Pramac Racing Technical Director

"Today, notwithstanding the eleventh place doesn't satisfy us, we have done a good work making it to improve Mika's best lap time of last winter test ridden on this track last November. Of course our objective is to give to Mika the possibility to start on the best position possible on Sunday's starting grid and tomorrow we will have to work really hard. From Aleix we didn't expect to see him straight away in the top ten, but we are sure he will manage to sensibly improve tomorrow."

Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing rider

"Today we have encountered some problem in the front and the rear part of the bike: for what it concerned the front part we have found the solution to use tomorrow, while we still have to analyze the data to find which technical solution to use to improve the rear tyre grip. I lose too much time from the beginning to half of each turn and here is where we have to improve the most."

Aleix Espargaro - Pramac Racing rider

"There was a lot of wind today on track and this has complicated a bit my work. In the first half of the session I couldn't manage to push to the maximum, but around the end of the session we have found some good solutions that gives us good hopes for the rest of the season. I don't like this situation because also in the previous weekend on the Fridays I couldn't be really competitive. It will be a really important aspect to improve next year."

-credit: pramac

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Mika Kallio , Aleix Espargaro
Teams Pramac Racing