Italian GP: Pramac Racing preview

PRAMAC RACING TEAM IS GETTING READY FOR THE HOME GRAND PRIX OF MUGELLO After the positive race of the Pramac Racing Team riders on Le Mans circuit, it is expected now a very important result for both riders on the "home" track of Mugello for the...


After the positive race of the Pramac Racing Team riders on Le Mans circuit, it is expected now a very important result for both riders on the "home" track of Mugello for the Italian Grand Prix that will take place on Sunday. In the French Gran Prix, both riders did not disfigured, resulting in ninth place with Aleix Espargarò and thirteenth place with Mika Kallio how had to settle the last position after suffering an injury during Saturday morning free practice. Unlucky race for the Finn rider, that has suffered a left shoulder injury after a fall in the second free practice, this has prevented him from taking part to the second free practice and that has affected his performance both in qualifying and in the race laps. The hope is that the treatments that he underwent after the Grand Prix, have served to alleviate his pain and that he will be able to give the best on the circuit that is situated only 100 km from Pramac's headquarters in Casole d'Elsa in Siena province. Great result for the Spanish rookie who gets his first placement in the MotoGP top ten, a good result that makes increase the trust in him and that is served to demonstrate to all its value. Mugello is a fixed stage of the Championship, on Sunday it will take place the twenty-sixth race on the Florence's province track, which equals the Italian record of Monza for the number of Grand Prix made. This event is one of the most favorite by the fans, as they flock for three days all the surrounding areas of the circuit, creating a non-stop-meeting based on the common passion for engines, parties and bikes. The Pramac Racing has always had a good relationship with this track, having finished three times on the third step of the podium the Italian race, the last Pramac rider on the podium here was Barros in 2007. There is also another good result here, in the eight years of operation, the Pramac's riders have always ended this race with the exception of Hofmann's withdrawal in 2006. Past results that gives good feelings for the Sunday's race, where bo th riders will have the possibility to increase their points and ranking position, which currently sees Kallio twelfth with 12 points and fifteenth Espargaro with 8 points.

Paolo Campinoti - Team Principal Pramac Racing

"Despite our riders have had mixed results, I am fully satisfied with the result obtained on the track of Le Mans. Mika has shown great courage to run in those conditions, has struggled to resist the temptation to retreat and has brought home three very important World Championship points. Aleix has demonstrated the enormous value that he has, I hope that this event marks the turning point to his season. He has been very quick for all the weekend and had the best on some riders with much more experience than him. The Italian Grand Prix in Mugello is what we considered our home Grand Prix, the Pramac headquarters are less than one hundred kilometers away from the track. Here we have always had good results including three third places, two with Biaggi and one with Barros. We have completed the race with both riders earning discrete placements in the past years. Our best year on this track was in 2003, when we finished third with Biaggi and fourth with Tamada. Last year things did not go well, Canepa was in fact ranked ninth, and Kallio thirteenth, the wish is that Mika can recoveries the best as possible from his injury and that he becomes the protagonist of a great race. "

Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing

"On Sunday I will run my twentieth MotoGP Grand Prix, shame to reach this goal with the shoulder in these conditions. I had subject myself to certain therapies and medical care to feel less pain, but I cannot lift or bend my arm so well. I hope that on Sunday I'll feel less pain so that this will allow me to ride in best way my bike. This is considered by my team the home circuit and I will give my best to get a good result. I never got outstanding results on this track, my best finish was fourth place in 2008 driving a 250. Last year I had some bad luck on this track, having started the race in seventeenth position, I had made a good comeback, I was in the sixth position behind the first after nine laps. I had a good race pace but I slipped during the tenth lap, this made me lose several positions. I still ended the race in thirteenth place. "

Aleix Espargaro - Pramac Racing

"I can't wait to run and to try my bike on this track. The Le Mans race has served to increase the confidence in my ability, I struggled and I had the best of some World Champions riders. The team has always been very careful to my instructions and has immediately found solutions to my problems and offered me a perfect bike, easy to drive. At Mugello I had run in the past only four times: two in 125 and two in 250, getting a ninth place as best result in 2008 while I was riding a 250. Here, I also hope, to instantly get confidence with the track so you can try to improve my lap times, lap after lap. "

-source: pramac racing

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Mika Kallio , Aleix Espargaro
Teams Pramac Racing