THREE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS FOR ESPARGARO. UNLUCKY CANEPA FORCED TO RETIRE Emotional debut since the first turns for the new Pramac Racing Spanish rider Aleix Espargaro. The young rider, who started from the last position on the Indianapolis...
THREE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS FOR ESPARGARO. UNLUCKY CANEPA FORCED TO RETIRE
Emotional debut since the first turns for the new Pramac Racing Spanish rider Aleix Espargaro. The young rider, who started from the last position on the Indianapolis Grand Prix starting grid, has found him self in tenth position after a few turns but in one of them he was caught in the group and touched Elias going off the track. He managed to go back on track but it wasn't easy to ride by him self as he was so far from the group. The Catalan rider didn't give up and made it to finish in thirteenth position in his first MotoGP race conquering three world championship points. His teammate, Niccolo Canepa, was having a good race but an anomaly at the electronic system forced him to retire during the twentyfourth lap when he was twelfth. After the second and last 2009 MotoGP round in the United States of America, the world Championship goes back to Europe where in seven days there will be the Misano Grand Prix.
Aleix Espargaro - Pramac Racing - 13th in the race - 20th in the Championship
"I have started really well, but after only a few turns I was stuck in a group of riders and I couldn't manage to avoid Elias. I am very sorry for this also because he is a good friend. I managed to step back on track, but alone wasn't easy to ride. I tried to maintain a good rhythm and at the end I conquered three points in my first MotoGP race: not so bad. Now I know a bit better the bike and I believe we can do much better in Misano on a circuit that I particularly like."
Niccolo Canepa - Pramac Racing - Retired- 16th in the Championship
"Today I was having a good race, I could have fought with Elias and Vermeulen, but when a few laps were missing a problem to the electronic system has suddenly switched off my bike. A pity because I was keeping a good rhythm and I could have fought to enter the top ten with the riders that were in front of me. I am very sorry because I needed a good result and I now hope that I will have the possibility to achieve it in Misano."