GOOD DEBUT FOR ESPARGARO' AT SILVERSTONE: EIGHTH. SIXTEENTH LAP TIME FOR KALLIO. The track changes, but the weather condition remain the same. To accompany the first laps of the MotoGP free practice, which is back on Silverstone's track after 24...
GOOD DEBUT FOR ESPARGARO' AT SILVERSTONE: EIGHTH. SIXTEENTH LAP TIME FOR KALLIO.
The track changes, but the weather condition remain the same. To accompany the first laps of the MotoGP free practice, which is back on Silverstone's track after 24 years, there were heavy clouds full of water which have partially influenced the last part of the first free practice. The whole day was suppose to be a study day for all the riders to understand which is the best way to ride their bikes on the new British circuit. Excellent result for Aleix Espargarò that confirms his good moment and gets the eighth fastest time, less than seven tenths from the fifth rider. Conquering his best time in its fourteenth round, and only the final rain did not allow him to further improve his time and gain other important positions. Difficult free practice for Mika Kallio that was finding the best set-up for his bike. The Finn rider obtains the sixteenth fastest time just a few minutes before the end of the session when the track was partially getting wet. This did not allow him to further reduce the gap that he was having from the others riders, but still allowed him to try on the track the last set-up identified by the technicians. For tomorrow the weather forecast promises improvements. The hope is that both riders can improve the positions they had today and conquer a great place in the starting grid of the British Grand Prix.
Fabiano Sterlacchini - Pramac Racing Technical Director
'It's always difficult to run on a new track because you do not have data to work on to improve bike's settings. The important thing today was to make the bikes run as much as possible, to obtain some measurements that will be fundamental for the changes that we will try tomorrow morning during the second free practice session and subsequent in the qualification session. Unfortunately Mika has a little adaptation problem to the new track, but we think that, with the latest changes to his bike, tomorrow he should be much closer to other riders. Very good start for Aleix, our young rider continues to improve"
Aleix Espargarò - Pramac Racing Team - 8th best time in 2'07 .927
"This track is amazing, I love it, the fast curve exalts my riding style. The part I like more is the first part with long and quick curves. I had some problems with the front of my bike in the slow curves but my technicians have already found the remedy to balance in the best way my bike. I have a gap of almost two seconds from the first but I hope to further improve my lap time tomorrow so that I can be able to start again Sunday's Grand Prix in the top ten position. "
Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing Team - 16th best time in 2'10 .227
"Having four seconds gap from the first rider is not a positive situation. The gap is significant but is not insurmountable. Unfortunately, I always have problems with the new tracks, but thanks to my technicians who have tried new settings, lap after lap I improved my feelings with the track and I found the routes that I have to follow to obtain a good lap. Tomorrow I have to improve my feeling with the track, so that I can obtain a good result for the Sunday starting grid. After two difficult races, I strongly want to come back to fight for important positions. "
-source: pramac racing