Third top ten for Kallio in Barcelona: ninth. Canepa sixteenth in his first race in Catalunya. Almost ninety thousands spectators were present at the Montmelo circuit, in Barcelona, for the Grand Prix of Catalunya. A spectacular race for ...
Third top ten for Kallio in Barcelona: ninth. Canepa sixteenth in his first race in Catalunya.
Almost ninety thousands spectators were present at the Montmelo circuit, in Barcelona, for the Grand Prix of Catalunya. A spectacular race for the firsts positions, but also a positive race for Mika Kallio, Pramac Racing rider, who has conquered a good result also thanks to the work did by the Ducati test Team at Mugello that brought interesting updates. The Finnish rider, who started from tenth position, has stepped in seventh position after the first intermediate. A small mistake put him in eleventh position after the first lap. In the seventh lap, with more confidence with the track and with the fuel tank a bit lighter, and therefore a bike more easy to ride, he made it to overtake Elias and Melandri placing himself in ninth position. From here it has started a race of managing for Mika because Edwards, in eighth position, was to far to try to reach him. His teammate, Niccolo Canepa, has concluded his first Grand Prix in Barcelona in sixteenth position just a position from the point's zone. Next MotoGP round in two weeks time at Assen for the Dutch Grand Prix.
Fabiano Sterlacchini - Pramac Racing Technical Director
"This has been for us a positive race. We arrived here from not the luckiest performances and notwithstanding some problems encountered during practices, in the race Mika made it to control the situation obtaining a good result. Mika has started really good, but in the first laps with the full fuel tank the bike was a bit stiff. Lap after lap he has improved accomplishing two great overtakes and conquering the ninth position. From today we can restart the championship also because we had three Ducati in the top ten."
Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing rider - 9th in the race - 12th in the Championship
"It was so hot today, I am really not used to it ! The race went well, I have done a good start but I made a small mistake after a few turns and in the first lap I was eleventh. At the beginning if you make a small error you lose many position. With the full fuel tank I had some difficulties to control the bike, but after a few laps when the bike was lighter I was able to push always more overtaking Elias and Melandri. I have tried to reach Edwards but by pushing so hard I was afraid that the tyres would have kept the same grip until the end. We are happy and we hope to be able to improve in the next races."
Niccolo Canepa - Pramac Racing rider - 16th in the race - 16th in the Championship
"With this temperatures it was really difficult for me. Not for my physical conditions, that are good, but because during all racing weekend I couldn't feel the right grip with the rear tyre. Only Saturday morning, when the temperatures were lower I could manage to maintain a good rhythm. We will try to do better in Assen in two weeks time."