Last qualifying session of the year for the MotoGP category on the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia. Pramac Racing riders, Mika Kallio and Aleix EspargarÃ², have sensibly improved theirs best lap times conquered yesterday, but not enough to go ...
Last qualifying session of the year for the MotoGP category on the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia. Pramac Racing riders, Mika Kallio and Aleix Espargarò, have sensibly improved theirs best lap times conquered yesterday, but not enough to go further than the eleventh and sixteenth final position. For this reason Mika and Aleix have to be content with the fourth and sixth row. The Finnish rider has encountered some difficulties with the front part of the bike but thanks to the work of his technicians the problem has been located and tomorrow in the warm up the situation should improve. His teammate, young Aleix, seems trustful for tomorrow as he found a good race rhythm during today's final session. The start of the last race of the MotoGP 2009 season is set for tomorrow at 2pm local time.
Fabiano Sterlacchini - Pramac Racing Technical Director
"With Mika we miss always a few tenths of a second to take that step forward during qualifying. A pity because it has been all season long that we found ourselves in the same conditions. Next year it will be really important for us to study a different method of work that would allow us to be more competitive in qualifying to start from better positions on the starting grid. Aleix has done well even the sixteenth position isn't a great result: he is young and he is showing that he has a lot of space to improve."
Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing rider - 11th best lap time in 1'33.809
"Basically this year, in every racing weekend, during the qualifying session we finish around the tenth, eleventh position. The feeling with the bike is always really good, but I feel I still miss some confidence to be able to fight for better positions. It's a pity because in the race we always demonstrate to be constantly faster than some of the riders that are in front of us on the starting grid. Next year, with the experience gain this season, I am sure we can do much better."
Aleix Espargarò - Pramac Racing rider - 16th best lap time in 1'34.308
"Today I made it to be more aggressive on the bike and this makes me happy and trustful for tomorrow's race. In my best lap time I made a mistake in a couple of braking points otherwise I could have improve my fastest lap time. Now the hardest part of my work is about to begin: to stay two seconds behind the fastest ride isn't too bad as a result, but from here I really need to sweat to really improve. Every tenth of second gained under the two seconds is like gold. I consider tomorrow race the beginning of my MotoGP career."