DIFFICULT RACE FOR THE PRAMAC RACING TEAM RIDERS AT BRNO CIRCUIT: TWELFTH ESPARGARO', KALLIO RETIRED The unfortunate qualifying session of yesterday had proposed an aggressive Grand Prix for both "green" Pramac Racing Team riders that started in...
DIFFICULT RACE FOR THE PRAMAC RACING TEAM RIDERS AT BRNO CIRCUIT: TWELFTH ESPARGARO', KALLIO RETIRED
The unfortunate qualifying session of yesterday had proposed an aggressive Grand Prix for both "green" Pramac Racing Team riders that started in thirteenth and sixteenth position respectively with Kallio and Espargarò. After a great start that saw them both conquer three positions after the first lap, the riders began to reduce the gap and overtake some rivals who preceded them to gain better positions. Mika has passed Melandri during the fourth lap preceding the group that was fighting for the ninth position. Unfortunately while he was pushing hard to catch Simoncelli who preceded him by nearly three seconds, the handlebar suddenly closed in a curve making him lose the front tyre and compromised his race. A pity, because with his pace he would have certainly gain a good result in this race. Other story for Aleix that after ten laps began to feel a slight pain in the right forearm that didn't allowed him to maintain the eleventh position won after eighth lap. It was reached and overtaken by Bautista, who then felt on the last lap giving the twelfth position to the young Pramac Racing rider. Tomorrow there will be a test day for all the MotoGP Teams that will have the possibility to try further modifications on the bikes in order to make them more efficient for the rest of the season. The MotoGP World Championship will be back in two weeks with the Indianapolis Grand Prix.
Fabiano Sterlacchini - Technical Director
"Too bad for Mika's fall, if he was abble continued the race with the pace clocked during the first few laps, he could certainly finish the race in the top eight. In the telemetry data we didn't found anomalies in his bike, we'll further analyze all the available data to understand which changes we should made on the bike to better perform in the tomorrow test on this track. Aleix after three unlucky races in a row, finished the race in the best possible way and increased by four points in the world championship ranking. Tomorrow we will work even on his bike to allow him to be more competitive in the coming races. "
Aleix Espargarò - Pramac Racing Team - 12th in the race - 14th in the World Championship
"The bike was much better than during yesterday's qualifying, I could be much faster and closer to other riders. In the warm up this morning we have developed with the Team a good setting that allowed me to enter the turns in the best way, with a similar speed of my colleagues. I had a very good start today, I was in the eleventh position after eight laps and I was very close to the group that was fighting for the eighth position. Unfortunately my forearm has hardened too much and did not allow me to ride in the best way. After two weeks of break this can happen. It was important for me to finish the race after three consecutive falls, I hope that from here I'll start to get good results for the rest of the season. "
Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing Team - DNF in race - 15th in the World Championship
"I feel sorry because I haven't finish this race. During this morning warm up I had gain a very good fifth best lap and this has give us good feelings for the rest of the day. At the end of the first lap I had conquer three positions and after that I have overtaken Melandri I was thinking to have a good position in the top ten. But when I was trying to put more distance as possible between me and the Italian rider, I had feel a problem with the front tyre during a curve and this has made me close the handle and made me slip away losing my race. I had wish to conquer a good position on this circuit. Now we'll analyze all the technical data with my engineers to understand what to change in tomorrow's test."
-source: pramac racing