French GP: Pramac Racing race report

FIRST MOTOGP TOP TEN FOR ALEIX ESPARGARO' CONCLUDING WITH THE NINTH POSITION. COURAGEOUS RACE FOR THE INJURIED MIKA KALLIO THAT CONCLUDES WITH THE THIRTEENTH POSITION After yesterday's positive qualifying, it was expected a great and fighting...

FIRST MOTOGP TOP TEN FOR ALEIX ESPARGARO' CONCLUDING WITH THE NINTH POSITION. COURAGEOUS RACE FOR THE INJURIED MIKA KALLIO THAT CONCLUDES WITH THE THIRTEENTH POSITION

After yesterday's positive qualifying, it was expected a great and fighting race for the young Catalan rider Aleix Espargarò and so it was. From his teammate, Mika Kallio, it couldn't instead expect a better result after the very strong pains of the Finn left shoulder that was caused by the slip during second practice session of the Grand Prix. Mika has still completed the race finishing in thirteenth place collecting three important points for the world ranking. Very positive race for Aleix Espargarò who has made a great comeback, finishing the race in ninth position. In particular, after not the best start that saw him lose two positions after the first lap, and after he has passed on twelfth position the twenty-second lap finish line, he covered the gap with the other riders ahead of him. During the last few laps he first passed Aoyama and in the penultimate lap he has taken advantage of an error made by Edwards and finally taking over Simoncelli and positioned himself behind Barberà. Unfortunately a contact with Aoyama in the third last corner, did not allow him to fight with the Spanish for the eighth position. Anyway good feelings for the next Grand Prix in Mugello in two weeks.

Fabiano Sterlacchini - Pramac Racing Technical Director

"We bring home another ten World Championship points, they are not so many, but we are happy to have concluded with both riders a race that could be compromised at the beginning by Mika fall in the second free practice of the French Grand Prix. We are very proud of him because despite the sharp pain in his shoulder he wanted to take part in the today's race that concluded in thirteenth position, achieving three World Championship points. We could not expect more from him, but we are extremely happy to have a so brave rider. We hope to come back in shape for the next race in Mugello, we know we have an enormous value rider, and we hope that after this unfortunate race, luck will be back on his side. I should make my warmest congratulations to Aleix Espargarò for leading a great weekend, the ninth position supports the confidence we have always placed in him, supported him in this difficult start of the season. He proved to have character struggling to gain positions after he lost some in the start. Overall a good result that gives us strength and good mood for the upcoming Italian Grand Prix. "

Aleix Espargaro - Pramac Racing rider - 9th in the race - 15th in the MotoGP World Championship

"I am very happy with the outcome of the race, is by far my best result in MotoGP, and is the first time I finished the race in the top ten. I've had since Friday a great rhythm on this track, and I'm looking forward to race again to try to get better results. Too bad for the bad start, I lost two positions during the first lap, I could not be fast enough and I found myself second-last during the eight lap. But then I got to find my rhythm, turning a few tenths faster than the riders in front of me. I managed to cover the gap I had with the riders who preceded me and I found myself in the group that was fighting for eighth place. After a few laps I passed Aoyama and on the second-last lap I have seen the error made by Edwards and passed him as well as Simoncelli. Too bad for the little contact I had with Aoyama three corners before the finish line, this has given advantage to Barberà and I could not pass him for very little. However I have great confidence for the next race and hope to improve further."

Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing rider - 13th in the race - 12th in the MotoGP World Championship

"The shoulder pain prevented me from being competitive, despite the painkillers they gave me an hour before the race. I felt an enormous pain that did not allow me to lead better my bike. I constantly had a second lower turning lap time compared to the other riders. From the pits my technicians have indicated me that some riders were retired and I clenched my teeth to finish the race and bring other points to my team for the season. I hope to not have any more shoulder problems for the next race and that it will be a good weekend from beginning to the end."

-source: pramac racing

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Mika Kallio , Aleix Espargaro
Teams Pramac Racing