Japanese GP: Pramac Racing Friday report

THE PRAMAC RACING TEAM RIDERS APPEAR ON THE FOURTEEHTH AND FIFTEEHNTH POSITION AFTER THE FIRST FREE PRACTISE OF JAPAN GRAND PRIX. Difficult start for the Pramac Racing Team riders on Motegi's track in first free practice of the Japanese Grand ...

THE PRAMAC RACING TEAM RIDERS APPEAR ON THE FOURTEEHTH AND FIFTEEHNTH POSITION AFTER THE FIRST FREE PRACTISE OF JAPAN GRAND PRIX.

Difficult start for the Pramac Racing Team riders on Motegi's track in first free practice of the Japanese Grand Prix. Aleix Espargarò stops the clock with almost two seconds of gap from the fastest lap time clocked by Valentino Rossi. Same goes for Mika Kallio who had a gap of almost three seconds. Both riders have scored their best lap time during their last lap. During the first free practice sessions there have been some changes on the bikes of both riders to allow them to be more stable in curve entrance. Aleix's second sector time was very good, the Spaniard was in fact the ninth fastest rider, a fact on which the technicians will be able to work this afternoon to try to close the gap accused by other riders also in the other sectors. The hope now is that the changes made today will allow both to mark an important lap time during the second free practice session tomorrow, so that they can fight with other riders for a good starting grid position on the twelfth MotoGP Grand Prix on this track.

Fabiano Sterlacchini - Technical Director

"During today's free practice we worked on both bikes to try some settings that we will use tomorrow during qualifying session. We worked on the tyres trying both compounds. In particular, we noticed that the first setting we have try on Mika's bike was not ideal because it didn't allowed him to enter with the right speed through the corners, once pitted in we had try a different suspension set up, the work undertaken had a good response but not as we expected. We then made a further modify which allowed Mika to turn on a low 1'.51. The good response we had with the last setting on both bikes bodes us well for tomorrow's second free practice, where we will try to reduce the gap we had from the first rider and find the right setting that will allows us to compete for a good position on the starting grid. "

Aleix Espargarò - Pramac Racing Team - 15th best time in 1'50 .158

"I'm partially happy with how things went today, I had some problems with my forearm that did not allow me to push hard as I wanted. Certainly the result and the two seconds of gap from the first is not exciting, but we've got to work a lot and find the right setup that will allow us to gain a good starting grid position tomorrow for the Sunday's Grand Prix. I have never race on this circuit with a MotoGP bike, and for this reason that during tomorrow second free practice session I'll continue to improve my feeling with this track. In particular I have to work more in the third and last sector where I accuse the greatest gap from other riders. "

Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing Team - 16th best time in 1'51 .105

"I hadn't got big problems with my bike even though it was slightly unstable in the curve in some sectors. Thanks to the latest setup made by my technicians, I was able to score my best lap time. Also during the last exit from the pits I had find some instructions to give to my technical to made them work on my bike so that they will made it perfectly balanced. Tomorrow we will start from here to reduce the gap that separates me from the best riders. "

-source: pramac racing

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Mika Kallio , Aleix Espargaro
Teams Pramac Racing