QUALIFICATIONS COMPLETED IN MOTEGI: FIFTH ROW FOR ESPARGARO', SIXTH ROW FOR KALLIO Under tone qualifying session for the Pramac Racing Team riders. Aleix EspargarÃ², after obtaining the eleventh place during this morning second free practice ...
QUALIFICATIONS COMPLETED IN MOTEGI: FIFTH ROW FOR ESPARGARO', SIXTH ROW FOR KALLIO
Under tone qualifying session for the Pramac Racing Team riders. Aleix Espargarò, after obtaining the eleventh place during this morning second free practice thanks also to a considerable improvement compared to yesterday's free practise, fails to go over the thirteenth starting grid position of the Japanese Grand Prix. He will start the race from the fifth row. His team-mate Mika Kallio, was unable to find a good feeling with the Japanese track and had finished the qualifying session in the last position of the starting grid, also if he had last year managed to conquer the eighth position during the race. Tomorrow, the white and green duo will have to find good techniques solutions during the warm-up in order to try to overtake position during the race that will start at 3 pm local time.
Fabiano Sterlacchini - Technical Director
"Instead of Aragon's track, where all the Ducati where very fast, on this track only Stoner was able to rest among the best riders. Usually Ducati are most efficient when they use hard tyres in contrast to other teams have a better performance with soft tyres. On Motegi track it was not like this because the others riders were significantly faster with soft tyres. This should not be an excuse for us but a good motivation to find suitable solutions for tomorrow. "
Aleix Espargarò - Pramac Racing Team - 13th fastest time in 1'48 .371
"We tried it. This morning the situation was acceptable, but this afternoon when the session was really important, we cannot improve the lap time as we expected. It's a pity. I prefer tracks with fast corners and not with hard braking and acceleration, as here, but I still hope to be able to get a good start tomorrow and try to stay with the fastest riders and win as many points as possible for the riders and Teams standings. "
Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing Team - 16th fastest time in 1'49 .480
"Just cannot find the feeling with the bike. I cannot get the right confidence to push hard, as I always do. Being in the last position with a gap of nearly a second from the rider ahead of me is really frustrating. I'm sorry also for the guys of my Team who work with so much passion and dedication. I do not think to be a last position rider and tomorrow I will try to prove it for all my technical staff. "
-source: pramac racing