First MotoGP qualifying session satisfying for Pramac Racing rider Mika Kallio who will therefore start from the fourth row.
The Finnish rider made it to sensibly improve his best lap time compare to the free practices by more than one second and
a half. Less luck for his teammate, Niccolò Canepa, that concluded in eighteenth position. The Genovese rider still needs to ride for some kilometers to result more competitive.
Tomorrow the start of the MotoGP 2009 season with the Grand Prix of Qatar that will begin at 10pm local time in Italy.
Fabiano Sterlacchini – Pramac Racing Technical Director
“Satisfied even if in this world everyone wants always more. With only few tenth of a second we could have been one row in front. Anyway everything is going well and conquered the top ten in the first qualifying session, as MotoGP Rider, is not so bad. Tomorrow it will be interesting to see how we will do in the race, we will have to start well to remain with the fastest riders. Niccolò, as said yesterday, still have to ride for many kilometers to understand the bike at 360 degrees. We believe that after a few races he can be faster as well.”
Mika Kallio – Pramac Racing rider – 10th best lap time in 1'56"852
“Not too bad. Yesterday was a bit better with seventh position, but if I would have known before coming here that I would have been in the top ten in my first qualifying session I would have put my signature for it. Of course it is only the beginning and we have to work too improve.
At the moment there aren't any big problems. When I was riding with other riders I noticed that I didn't have the same grip coming out of the corners. We will have to improve this and things will be easier for us.”
Niccolò Canepa – Pramac Racing rider – 18th best lap time in 1'58"999
“I knew things wouldn't have been easy. I am a bit disappointed but the only thing to do in this moment is work hard to improve. We are too far, I know we can do much better and we will give all we have. Tomorrow it will be for me a great opportunity to ride for many kilometers to improve my riding style on this track.”