BEST FIRST SESSION FOR THE ROOKIE ESPARGARO' ON HIS HOME GRAN PRIX, SIXTH. KALLIO THIRTEENTH A great heat wave has accompanied today's first practice of the Catalunya Grand Prix that will take place Sunday on the MontmelÃ² circuit....
BEST FIRST SESSION FOR THE ROOKIE ESPARGARO' ON HIS HOME GRAN PRIX, SIXTH. KALLIO THIRTEENTH
A great heat wave has accompanied today's first practice of the Catalunya Grand Prix that will take place Sunday on the Montmelò circuit. The thermometer has exceeded the 37 degrees, 50 when considering the asphalt temperature. The riders of the Pramac Racing Team, Aleix Espargarò and Mika Kallio, has started well finishing in sixth and thirteenth respectively. In particular the Catalan rider has managed to improve lap after lap is bike set up concluding the session with three very fast laps. His gap from the first-placed Jorge Lorenzo is now less than a second. Mika has instead begun with a slower pace and on his last lap had stopped the chronometer half a second behind his teammate. Today was helpful for the Finn to study the track situation and to identify the best setup for the tomorrow qualifying with his engineers
Marco Rigamonti - Track Engineer Aleix Espargarò
"Seeing Aleix so close to the first riders increases the confidence we have in our resources and the feeling that we are working good. His good period seems to continue also on the Catalan circuit, the sixth position give us good feelings for Sunday's race. He is amazing in everything he does: he is always ready to learn, watching videos of old races or studying the trajectories on maps of the circuits that we give him. He also spends much time with us in the box to analyze the data and I think that these results are the fruit of the great effort that Aleix is putting in his work. Tomorrow, with these track conditions, we can make a very good qualification. "
Aleix Espargarò - Pramac Racing Team - 6th best time in 1'44 .136
"How nice is to be able to be so fast in front of your fans! We are improving race after race, even in the free sessions. At Silverstone I was eighth on Friday, seventh in Assen and sixth now. It 's my home circuit and I'll do my best to leave good memories of me to the people that will come here. This now is my best result since I am joining the MotoGP. Of course, the result of today is not very important, but I'd say that it's better to start in this way. Tomorrow it will be again a great battle but I will try to maintain the today's position."
Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing Team - 13th best time in 1'44 .745
"Despite the thirteenth position is not a good placement, I am confident for the rest of the weekend. We had worked on both bikes trying different solutions and tomorrow we will put together all the information we have obtained to set a competitive bike. I really want to have a good result here, last year I have finished the after test race in the fourth position and this is a proof that we can achieve a good placement here. It will be very important to conquest a good qualify position tomorrow, starting in the top ten is essential."
-source: pramac racing