Malaysia GP: Pramac Racing qualifying report

QUALIFYING SESSION COMPLETED ON SEPANG'S TRACK: FOURTH ROW FOR ESPARGARO '. SIXTH ROW FOR A PAINFULL KALLIO. After the eighth fastest time clocked yesterday by Aleix Espargarò, he was expected to conquer today a good starting grid position ...

QUALIFYING SESSION COMPLETED ON SEPANG'S TRACK: FOURTH ROW FOR ESPARGARO '. SIXTH ROW FOR A PAINFULL KALLIO.

After the eighth fastest time clocked yesterday by Aleix Espargarò, he was expected to conquer today a good starting grid position during Sepang's track qualifying session. Unfortunately, the Spaniard was unable to conquer a better position than the twelfth, he will then start tomorrow's race, of the twentieth Malaysian Grand Prix, from the fourth row. Aleix has reduced by more than half a second his fastest lap time clocked yesterday during the first free practice, but this was not enough for him to gain a better starting grid position. The final gap from Lorenzo's pole position is just over one second. It should be noted, however, the very small gap between the fifth position and Aleix's position that is only seven tenths. Difficult qualifying session for Mika Kallio who has failed to improve his best lap time clocked during this morning free practice, it seems to be a difficult race for him that will start the race from last position of the grid. Tomorrow morning the green-white duo will be able to try out other technical solutions that should allow them to have a better performance and reduce the gap from the other riders during the race that will start at 4 pm local time.

Fabiano Sterlacchini - Technical Director

"We worked on both bikes to identify new technical solutions that could be able to allow both riders to be fast in all track sectors. Unfortunately, something went wrong during the end of the qualifying session in which we usually improve a lot our lap time. Mika has had some physical problems and stability problems on his bike that didn't allowed him to reduce the fastest time clocked yesterday during the first free practice. Tomorrow we will try a new technical package that should allow Mika to slightly reduce its gap in order to be more competitive during tomorrow race. "

Aleix Espargarò - Pramac Racing Team - 12th best time in 2'02 .723

"I'm quite pleased for qualifying session outcome, after yesterday's best eighth lap time, I was hoping to conquer a top ten starting grid position. The twelfth position is still a good placement to be able to fight with the other riders for a good race position. I improved my lap time thanks to a better grip on the rear of my bike. I am very confident for tomorrow's race where I'll try to get a good result to forget the negative race I had last week in Japan."

Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing Team - 16th best time in 2'04 .167

"Too bad for the bad qualifying session, I was not able to ride my bike in the best way because I had some physical problems that I'm trying to remedy during the last two races. Unfortunately from a couple of races my left shoulder pain, that it was injured in Le Mans after a fall, is coming up again. I feel much pain, but I hope that tomorrow the situation will considerably improve. I'll start the race in the last position, but I will give the best I can to be protagonist of a good race. "

-source: pramac racing

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Mika Kallio , Aleix Espargaro
Teams Pramac Racing