UNLUCKY QUALIFYING SESSION FOR THE PRAMAC RACING TEAM RIDERS. ESPARGARO' AND KALLIO WILL START THE RACE FROM THE FIFTH ROW. Unlucky qualifying session for the Pramac Racing Team riders that had conquer the fourteenth and fifteenth position on...
UNLUCKY QUALIFYING SESSION FOR THE PRAMAC RACING TEAM RIDERS. ESPARGARO' AND KALLIO WILL START THE RACE FROM THE FIFTH ROW.
Unlucky qualifying session for the Pramac Racing Team riders that had conquer the fourteenth and fifteenth position on the starting grid respectively with Espargarò and Kallio. The Spaniard had finished this morning free practice in tenth position with just a second of gap from the first of the ranking. It was expected much more from him in this afternoon qualifying session but due to a fall that saw him lose nearly fifteen minutes, he was unable to improve his time clocked in the first part of qualifying. Pity, because the time clocked by Aleix in this morning free practice would made him be in tenth position. Mika Kallio, who has recovered slightly by the flu which has affected his yesterday performance, managed to decrease by almost one second his fastest time recorded in yesterday morning free practice, but this was not enough to climb the rankings. Both riders will start tomorrow in the fifth row and they will try to significantly improve their position to get a positive result in the race that will begin at 2 pm local time.
Fabiano Sterlacchini - Technical Director
"During qualifying session we tried various technical solutions that could allow Mika to be faster in all areas. Unfortunately he still has some problems in the second sector of the track. We saw something very positive at the end of the qualifying session but due to excessive traffic he had found on the track, Mika was not able to improve his best lap time. Tomorrow I certainly expect from both riders a better position. We think we have found a good setup that we will try tomorrow morning during the warm up. We'll start from the back of the grid, but we aim to achieve a good result in tomorrow's race. "
Aleix Espargarò - Pramac Racing Team - 14th fastest time in 1'41 .649
"Pity for the fall, I was pushing hard to try to get a good position on the starting grid, but I lost the rear tyre and I slid on the asphalt. I immediately tried to get back on my bike but it had got some damage during the fall. Unfortunately when I return in the box I hadn't got new qualifying tyres. I tried in all the way to lower my lap time and improve my starting grid position but with no good results. The good thing is that the gap from the tenth position is less than two tenths. This gives me a huge charge for tomorrow race."
Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing Team - 15th fastest time in 1'41 .856
"Fortunately I feel better than yesterday, but I was not able to greatly improve my position on the starting grid. Unfortunately due to my yesterday's not perfect conditions, I hadn't got the right feeling with my bike. We worked hard with my technician during qualifying session and tomorrow during the warm up we will try some solutions that should allow me to be faster in all the sectors. The gap from the tenth position is not so big, I'll give everything to offer to my Team a good race result."
-source: pramac racing