San Marino GP: Pramac Racing preview

MOTOGP BACK IN EUROPE FOR THE LAST SUMMER GRAND PRIX OF THE SEASON After Indianapolis Grand Prix that ended with ups and downs for the Pramac Racing Team riders, the bike world is back in Europe for the appointment that is considered by all the...

MOTOGP BACK IN EUROPE FOR THE LAST SUMMER GRAND PRIX OF THE SEASON

After Indianapolis Grand Prix that ended with ups and downs for the Pramac Racing Team riders, the bike world is back in Europe for the appointment that is considered by all the last summer event of the season. Sunday will be the fifteenth race on this track for the premier class, which has included from four year the San Marino Gran Prix in its schedule. It is on this track that Elias has conquest in 2008 the last Pramac Racing Team podium of his history. A third place that had made become the Pramac Racing Team the only satellite Team to have won two podium in that season. Last year both Pramac riders had a good weekend with the eleventh place of Aleix Espargarò that was attending his second Grand Prix ever riding a MotoGP bike. Mika has instead conquer on this track his best last year result, a seventh position riding the Ducati factory, this bodes well for Sunday's race. The two consecutive falls had give a huge charge to the Finn rider that will fight to regain a leading position in Sunday's race. Aleix after he had end Indianapolis's race in the top ten, will try to get in Misano, one of his favorite track, a good result that can finally give him the label of good rider. On this track he was able to achieved in the past, his best starting grid position, the third place in 2008, but he was not able to realize a good race as he has felt in the race just seven laps from the end. With a good combination of factors, the Team will try to finish the race for the first time of this season with both riders in the top ten.

Paolo Campinoti - Team Principal Pramac Racing Team

"We are continuing to have not so much luck and Indianapolis race is the proof. Mika had a bad start of the weekend because of the flu he had during Friday's free practice. The riders are not robots, and even if Mika have tried to push his bike to the limits, he failed to get a good lap time. Fortunately, his physical condition where better and in Saturday's session he tried the bike in the best way, but he had to recover the time lost Friday, there were some problems that was not possible to solve before and during qualifying session. He had started the race from the fifteenth position but he was soon able to recover positions on positions taking the eighth place. An asphalt disconnection, dealt with the speeds that these bikes can reach, was fatal for him. Fortunately, despite the dangerous fall, he haven't got injuries. I'm happy for Aleix return in the top ten. I'm sure that if there was not this king of heat that has conditioned his final laps, Aleix would try to fight with the other riders ahead of him for the seventh and eighth place. Now we'll all go back in Italy, we will race Sunday on one of both riders favorite tracks. Here we have got our last podium in the 2008, a third place with Elias. The hope is that both riders will be able to give their best to conquer an important position that gives to the whole Team good feelings for the remaining seven races that are going to be very competitive."

Aleix Espargarò - Pramac Racing Team

"The last laps in Indianapolis were very difficult for me, between the air heat and the heat produced by my bike was difficult to keep on pushing. Too bad because I could have fought with Simoncelli and Bautista for the seventh and eighth position, however the important thing is to have finished the race in the better way as possible. I'm in perfect shape now and is good for me to get in these physical conditions to the Misano's appointment that is one of my favorite tracks. Here I have got my best starting position on the starting grid, the third position in 2008 when I was racing in the 250cc. Last year was not so bad despite the fifteenth starting position, it was my second Grand Prix in the MotoGP category and I was aiming to conquer a good position. The eleventh final position has partially repaid the work done by my technicians throughout the weekend. This year's goal is to significantly improve my starting position and then my final race position."

Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing Team

"I hope that the bad luck that has conditioned some of my races of this season is over with the fall of Indianapolis Grand Prix. I was trying to maintain the contact with the riders ahead of me but I could not avoid the hole in the asphalt. Too bad because I could finish the race among the top ten of the ranking. My attention is now moving to Misano, which is one of my favorite tracks. Here I have got a good seventh place last year as Stoner substitute. I started the race in eleventh position and lap after lap I managed to overtake my rivals and obtain the seventh position that was for me the best result of my rookie year of MotoGP races. With a little bit of luck this year I'll point to improve my last year position."

-source: pramac

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Mika Kallio , Aleix Espargaro
Teams Pramac Racing