UNLUCKY RACE FOR THE PRAMAC RACING TEAM IN MALAYSIA. TWELFTH KALLIO, WITHDRAWN FOR ESPARGARO'. Difficult race today for the Pramac Racing Team riders on Sepang's track for the twentieth Malaysian Grand Prix. Mika Kallio finished the race ...
UNLUCKY RACE FOR THE PRAMAC RACING TEAM IN MALAYSIA. TWELFTH KALLIO, WITHDRAWN FOR ESPARGARO'.
Difficult race today for the Pramac Racing Team riders on Sepang's track for the twentieth Malaysian Grand Prix. Mika Kallio finished the race in twelfth position, while Aleix Espargarò had a withdrawn on the seventh lap after a fall. Both riders had made a good start, especially Mika had won three positions after the first curve, unfortunately the shoulder pain that has worsened in recent days, has not allowed the Finn to fight all the way to maintain his position. Aleix failed to get a good rhythm since the first lap because his tyres where still too cold. After three laps, however, the grip was greatly improved allowing the rider to reduce his lap time by almost a second. After passing Barberà and Kallio in the seventh round, while facing a curve, Aleix's bike has lost its grip on the front tyre slipping away. The broken handle after Aleix's fall didn't allowed him to take part again to the race. Pity, because the Catalan rider had a better lap pace then the riders ahead of him. Now is time to immediately return to work hard for the next race which will be held next Sunday in Australia on the Phillip Island circuit.
Fabiano Sterlacchini - Technical Director
"The physical conditions and the hot weather have certainly not helped Mika's race. This morning during the warm up, we had further reduced the gap we had accused yesterday by the best riders, but this was not enough for our riders to fight for better positions. Too bad for Aleix's race. He was considerably reducing his lap pace when he lost the front of his bike. From the television we have seen that he should not have had problems, we will investigate to understand what happened. From Tuesday we'll return to work hard for the next Australian Grand Prix."
Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing Team - 15th in the race - 17th in the World Championship
"What a difficult race. I won three positions thanks to a good start, but I still finished the first round in the last position. On the third lap I was struggling with my teammate, who did have a better lap pace than mine. Together we repaired the gap from Barberà. On the fifteenth lap I passed Hector, but the shoulder pain and excessive heat did not allow me to maintain my position unchanged. With three laps to go I was overtaken by Barberà. I finished the race in twelfth place that is not a good position, but with my physical condition I could not hope to a better position. "
Aleix Espargarò - Pramac Racing Team - DFN - 14th in the World Championship
"I'm very disappointed and sad about how things went, despite a quite good start, I managed not to lose positions. But in the early rounds my tires were not in temperature and I could not get a good lap pace. From the third round I have seen that the grip was still significantly increased. My pace was good enough to try to overtake some positions, during the sixth lap, I first overtake Barberà and then my team-mate Mika Kallio. Just after passing him, in a corner change of direction, the bike slipped away. Fortunately, it didn't turn off, but unfortunately the handlebar was broken. Too bad because with so many drops and withdrawals in the today's race, I could gain a position among the top ten. The important thing is now to return to work in the best way to be ready for the next Australian Grand Prix that will take place next Sunday. "
-source: pramac racing