THE PRAMAC RACING TEAM LEAVES CATALUNYA WITH SOME REGRETS BUT WITH GREAT HOPE The Grand Prix de Catalunya was the first opportunity of the season that the Pramac Racing Team has scheduled to place both its riders in the top ten position of the...
THE PRAMAC RACING TEAM LEAVES CATALUNYA WITH SOME REGRETS BUT WITH GREAT HOPE
The Grand Prix de Catalunya was the first opportunity of the season that the Pramac Racing Team has scheduled to place both its riders in the top ten position of the race. Unfortunately after Espargaro's slip and the not very constant trend of Kallio, who have finished the race in twelfth position, had allowed the Team to only get four World Championship points. After the race was easy to see in the eyes of all the Team the regret of a lost opportunity, but at the same time a spark of hope for an exponential growth performance of young Catalan. Aleix certainly ended his race after just five laps from the start, but its results throughout all the weekend were very rewarding. During the warm-up in the morning he was able to bring his bike in fifth place, behind the official teams and first of the independent teams. Despite the result and the distance from the winner of the race, more than a minute of gap, Kallio had positive sensations for the rest of the season, he has found the perfect physical form and the feeling with his bike can only go better. The hope is that on Sachsenring track, his favorite track, he will return to fight with the top riders of the league as he was able to do last year.
Paolo Campinoti - Team Principal Pramac Racing Team
"We knew that we where fast on Barcelona's track, but I was greatly gratified to see one of our rider so close to the first position during all weekend sessions. Unfortunately I think his race has been penalized by Saturday's qualifying session, starting the race in twelfth position, when you know that you can be faster than the riders ahead of you, did not allow you to feel comfortable. Aleix was trying to recover some position in the race and he stumbled into a slip. We are however very pleased with the growth that he was able to do in recent Grand Prix, he was pointing to a great result here and I'm sure that he could finish the race in the first seven position if he had not slipped. Mika has instead a very difficult weekend. Thanks to the work done with his engineers, he had reduced the gap from the first riders during Sunday's morning warm-up, but despite a great start, he had failed to maintain contact with the first and in the last laps has consistently turned slower than the rest of group. The hope is now that in the next Grand Prix, Aleix will confirm its growth and that Mika will return to conquest good positions. "
Aleix Espargarò - Pramac Racing Team
"I had hope to achieve a good result on Barcelona's track, my home track, in order to give a good result to my fans and my Team who have worked very hard to meet my needs. Unfortunately I wasn't able. I heard a lot of affection in all the people around me after the slip, everyone saw that I was trying to do my best and everyone saw my disappointment after the slip. But we must always look ahead, learning from mistakes and take the positive things of what's happening. I was able to run very close to the fastest riders and I was much faster than some experienced rider who have run for many years in this category: now I know that I can be able to fighting for a good position on all the tracks. For the next race I've got to conquest a better starting position during qualifying so that I don't have to comeback other riders. I have also to do a better start, in Barcelona I have not lost positions at the start, the aim is now to be able to win some position. I will work hard to improve even on this aspects. "
Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing Team
"Barcelona weekend was very difficult for me and the end result is the proof of that. Despite the work made by my technicians that have done their best to offer me a balanced bike for this track, I could not have the rhythm that was necessary to get a better position. I was constantly a second slower than the riders in front of me. We have to quickly forget this race and return to focus intensely on what will be the next round at Sachsenring, in absolute my favorite track where I have won in the past and where I had some good results. I will do my best to turn my season that is so far inadequate with results. I have to do that for my Team that never miss their support in me. "
-source: pramac racing