RACE TO FORGET FOR THE PRAMAC RACING TEAM RIDERS ON MOTEGI CIRCUIT: ESPARGARO' FOURTEENTH, KALLIO FIFTEENTH. After the yesterday's difficult qualifying session that have seen both Pramac Racing Team riders starting the race in the rear starting...
RACE TO FORGET FOR THE PRAMAC RACING TEAM RIDERS ON MOTEGI CIRCUIT: ESPARGARO' FOURTEENTH, KALLIO FIFTEENTH.
After the yesterday's difficult qualifying session that have seen both Pramac Racing Team riders starting the race in the rear starting grid positions, Aleix Espargarò have finished the race in fourteenth place while Mika Kallio had to settle for the fifteenth and final position. A negative result for the Team that aimed to achieve a good result on this track. Both riders where having a very good start but despite this, Mika has never been able to lower his lap pace positioning himself in last position. Aleix who had initially struggled with Aoyama and Barberà trying to gain a better position, he have been overtaken on the thirteenth lap by Spies and then with three laps to go by Hayden, the Ducati rider overtake has bound the Spaniard in the penultimate position. A race that has to be quickly forget so that the Team can immediately return to work in order to increase its riders performance since the next Malaysian Grand Prix which will be held next Sunday on Sepang's track.
Fabiano Sterlacchini - Technical Director
"During this morning warm-up we had further reduced the gap we had accused yesterday from the best riders. This has gave us good feelings for the today's race, but unfortunately Mika and Aleix have not had a good lap pace that allowed them to recover positions. Too bad because we had aimed to achieve a good result on this track. It will be very important for us now to continue to work hard since next Friday on Sepang's track, where we can take advantage by using the technical data that we were able to accumulate during the winter tests "
Aleix Espargarò - Pramac Racing Team - 14th in the race - 14th in the World Championship
"I'm really disappointed with how things went. It was absolutely the worst weekend of the year, since the first free practice I had handling problems with my bike and unlike other races where I had the possibility to change my pace during the race, in this case I have not been able to fight with my opponents for a better position. I started quite well, maintaining my position, I unfortunately found in front of me some riders who were very slow in the first few laps, this has effectively divided the group into two with a gap of several seconds in the first few laps. I struggled with Aoyama and Barberà to try to gain a better position. Their lap pace, however, was much faster than mine, because I've never been able to run under a 1'.49". Over the last few laps I was also overtaken by Hayden. This result will help us to react in the best way and try to our best next week in the Malaysian Grand Prix. "
Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing Team - 15th in the race - 17th in the World Championship
"This was a weekend and a race to quickly forget, one of the worst races ever. During the warm up we had partially reduced the gap from the other riders, this has gave us a good feeling for the race, but unfortunately it was not like this. Only in one occasion I was able to turn with a lap time less than 1 '.50. That is not a good thing if your direct rivals are turning two seconds faster than you. We will work hard to close the gap that we have accused today so that we can be as much as possible more close to other riders in the next Grand Prix. "
-source: pramac racing