In MotoGP debut
Great start for the Pramac Racing Team rider, Mika Kallio, who has conquered in his debut in the top class an excellent eighth position.
The Grand Prix of Qatar didn't start too well for the Finnish rider who lost two positions after starting in tenth
place. Thanks to his rhythm he came back, concluding at only ten seconds from the fourth position.
"Before coming here I thought that if I finished in the top ten I would be satisfied: the eighth position is therefore a really good result”, he said. “I didn't manage to start in the best way, but I have maintained a good rhythm. I tried to catch the group in front of me, but after a few laps I thought to keep my rhythm and this strategy paid off. In the last laps I was seeing Vermeulen closer and closer and I think that if I had a couple of more laps I could have pass him. Anyway in general we had a positive weekend and we will try to continue in this direction in the next appointment in Japan."
His teammate, the debutant Niccolò Canepa, has now passed the emotion of the first race in the World Championship and he will have the opportunity to do better in two weeks time in the next race in Japan on the Motegi circuit.
"I hoped to do better to be honest, but it has been a difficult weekend since the first session and we couldn't expect a miracle for the race”, he confessed. “In the last laps I made it to stay with Toseland and I learnt many things. We will try to improve our performances in Japan even if it will be the first time for me in Japan, but I will surely be more aggressive because it is what I need."
"Happy. A lot. Beside the eighth final position, the riders that were in front of him didn't have such a faster rhythm. Unluckily Mika didn't start well and in the first laps lost some time otherwise he could have finished in a better position”, commented Technical Director Fabiano Sterlacchini. “Anyway we are positive because the rhythm he maintained for the all race is excellent for a debutant. For Niccolò we are happy that he passed this first Grand Prix without any mistakes, of course he will have to improve, but I think that the many emotions he lived this weekend has limited his performances in his first appearance in the top class."