KALLIO CELEBRATES HIS BIRTHDAY WITH THE NINTH POSITION AT VALENCIA. ESPARGARO' THIRTEENTH The 2009 MotoGP season is today over at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia. Pramac Racing riders, Mika Kallio and Aleix Espargaro, were really motivated...
KALLIO CELEBRATES HIS BIRTHDAY WITH THE NINTH POSITION AT VALENCIA. ESPARGARO' THIRTEENTH
The 2009 MotoGP season is today over at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia. Pramac Racing riders, Mika Kallio and Aleix Espargaro, were really motivated after the good warm up where they have respectively registered the eighth and the thirteenth fastest lap times. Mika's best lap time was only two tenths of second slower from the third best conquered by Colin Edwards. In the race the white and red duo didn't make it to start well losing various positions after the first lap. The Finnish rider has found himself in twelfth position and has started a passionate fight with four more riders concluding in ninth place. Aleix instead had to made a comeback as he was in last place after the first lap due to a small mistake. The young Spanish rider has recovered and overtook lap after lap Vermeulen, Talmacsi, Melandri and Capirossi. From tomorrow the 2010 season will start with the first test for the Pramac Racing riders on the Valencia track.
Fabiano Sterlacchini - Pramac Racing Technical Director
"The Championship is over and I want to thanks the Pramac Racing team members for the work done this season. It has been an intense and constructive season and we have to start from here to improve next year. I want to also thank Niccolo Canepa who unluckily couldn't race these last two races with us due to the injury. Mika has obtained a good result today: we a re bit sad only that he took too much time to overtake De Angelis losing contact with the riders who were in front of him. I am sure that he could have fought at least for seventh position. Aleix has been really unlucky in the start where he had a small problem that put him in last position. From here on he started a good comeback that took him to the thirteenth position. Not bad as he has reached and overtook riders much more experienced than him."
Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing rider - 9th in the race - 15th in the Championship
"The ninth position isn't a great result but for how it went the race today it can be ok. When I was in the group that was fighting for the seventh position I felt some pain in the left arm and I couldn't brake as late as I would have want to overtake De Angelis. Once overtook him I made it to find back the good rhythm of the beginning of the race but I was too late to reach the riders in front of me. I want to thanks the Pramac Racing team for the great work done this year and I confide to grow together next season."
Aleix Espargaro - Pramac Racing rider - 13th in the race - 18th in the Championship
"Horrible start but from the second part of the race I made to registered interesting lap times. I lost too much time in the fight with Vermeulen and lap after lap I reached and overtook without too many complications Talmacsi, Melandri and Capirossi. I wanted to try to reach Toseland but it was too late and we were riding with similar lap times. Now I can say my stage at Pramac Racing is over, from tomorrow we will begin the real job. I am ready, motivated and I hope to grow a lot next year."
-credit: pramac racing