ESPARGARO GRAZES TOP TEN AND OBTAINS THE FIFTH FASTEST LAP OF THE RACE. CANEPA THIRTEENTH Small feat for Aleix Espargaro, Pramac Racing rider, notwithstanding a strong pain at the right forearm. The Catalan rider has bitten his teeth and after...
ESPARGARO GRAZES TOP TEN AND OBTAINS THE FIFTH FASTEST LAP OF THE RACE. CANEPA THIRTEENTH
Small feat for Aleix Espargaro, Pramac Racing rider, notwithstanding a strong pain at the right forearm. The Catalan rider has bitten his teeth and after not the luckiest start, he has accomplished many good laps that brought him to fight for the top ten with Vermeulen and Toseland. Aleix has made it to obtain very interesting lap times until reaching the fifth fastest lap time of the race behind only Rossi, Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Dovizioso. A pity only that after the fifteenth lap the pain at his right forearm got worst restricting his performances and consequently losing time from the riders that were in front of him. Aleix has anyway made it to maintain the eleventh position until the end of the race. His teammate Niccolo Canepa has instead found some more difficult today not making it to keep a good rhythm in the firsts laps. The rider from Genoa had to be please with the thirteenth final position.
Aleix Espargaro - Pramac Racing rider - 11th in the race - 20th in the championship
"We can consider our self satisfied of what we have done today on track. In Indy, in my MotoGP debut, I had to learn everything about my new experience and here we have demonstrated to be able to be competitive. In the first laps I was going really well and at one stage I was part of a group of riders (Vermeulen, Toseland, Melandri and Kallio) who were fighting for the seventh position. After the fifteenth lap I felt again a lot of pain at my right forearm and for me it was impossible to maintain that rhythm. I could manage to brake somehow with the palm of my hand, but I couldn't' completely open the throttle and I was losing too much in top speed. A pity. Tomorrow morning in Madrid at 10am I will have surgery so that I can be in top form for my next ride in whatever class it will be. I want to thank the Pramac Racing Team, Paolo Campinoti and Ducati for the fantastic opportunity they gave me to debut in MotoGP with the hope that I didn't disappoint them."
Niccolo Canepa - Pramac Racing rider - 13th in the race - 16th in the championship
"At the beginning of the race I went off track in two occasions while I was trying to overtake Talmacsi and this made me lose too much time. Due to these two exits the rear tyre got worst sooner than what we expected and in the end of the race I couldn't manage to register interesting lap times. I am really disappointed of this result because I really cared about conquering a good result on this track. I want to thank anyway my technicians that have done a really good job."