FOURTH AND FIFTH ROW FOR THE PRAMAC RACING TEAM IN MALAYSIA. BEST MOTOGP QUALIFYING FOR ESPARGARO' Temperature are getting warmer in Sepang, Malaysia, where MotoGP riders have stepped on track for the sixteenth qualifying session of the ...
FOURTH AND FIFTH ROW FOR THE PRAMAC RACING TEAM IN MALAYSIA. BEST MOTOGP QUALIFYING FOR ESPARGARO'
Temperature are getting warmer in Sepang, Malaysia, where MotoGP riders have stepped on track for the sixteenth qualifying session of the season. Air temperature has reached 34C while the asphalt temperature passed fifty degrees. Pramac Racing rider, Mika Kallio and Aleix Espargaro, have sensibly improved their best lap times registered yesterday concluding respectively in twelfth and thirteenth position. Mika remained constantly in the top ten but in the last few minutes couldn't manage to improve enough losing some positions. His teammate, thanks to the thirteenth fastest lap time, conquered his best MotoGP qualifying position after the sixteenth and fifteenth positions conquered in Indianapolis and Misano. An important sign for the young Catalan rider.
Fabiano Sterlacchini - Pramac Racing Technical Director
"The problem is always the same: in the last minutes of the qualifying session many riders make it to gain those tenths of a second to pass us and Mika is obligated to start in a position that doesn't suit him. Our race rhythm is good, like in the two previous races, but we have to find a solution to don't lose so many positions during qualifying. To solve this difficulty will be our objective from here to the beginning of the next season. Aleix has improved a lot compared to yesterday's lap times. He is a really talented rider who has a lot of good willing and this allows him to improve quickly."
Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing rider - 12th fastest lap time in 2'02.435
"We are always between the fastest in every session, in every racing weekend, but in the last fifteen minutes of the qualifying session we can't manage to gain those five tenths of a second that our rivals gain. It is a difficult situation because it's been almost all season that it happens. Anyway I am not worried for tomorrow's race because my race rhythm is better than various riders that are in front of me on the starting grid. If we will manage to make a good start like last Sunday in Australia then we can conquer a good result."
Aleix Espargaro - Pramac Racing rider - 13th fastest lap time in 2'02.859
"We didn't make any big modifications on the bike today, for the moment I prefer to get to know the bike and adjust my riding style on it. We didn't find any big complications; the bike is fast and reacts well to my indications. Maybe I miss some confidence with the front part of the bike but nothing that worries me too much. The things that worries me a bit is the climatic conditions: I am drinking a lot of water and I hope it will help me to be at the best during tomorrow's long race."