Pramac Racing riders Mika Kallio and Aleix Espargaro concluded the first practice session for the Malaysian GP in eleventh and seventeenth position.
As expected, the session was held in scorching conditions, with track temperatures reaching 46°C.
Mika Kallio has tried
to modify the set up of the bike combining the data accumulated during the winter test and the last few races, without finding a satisfying compromise.
"Like this it doesn't work out”, he said. “I miss a lot of grip and I can't push as I would like to, but this has to be a positive sign because it means that I have a lot of space to be much faster. I like this track and with the characteristic of our bike and the right technical solutions we can be really competitive. This evening we will study what to do tomorrow and I expect to take a big step forward."
Aleix Espargarò has instead tried to find back the feeling with his Ducati Desmosedici GP9 Sat after having stepped on it the last time on September 13th during the Misano Grand Prix.
"Today it has been a day where I only needed to lose up my muscles and find back the feeling with the bike. In the first minutes I was a bit tense but in the last part of the session I was comfortable and lap times did improve”, he said.
“Tomorrow instead I will have to push a lot to conquer a good place on the starting grid. I miss the paddock and it is good to have this opportunity to be here before next season."
Both of the riders will have to improve tomorrow in the two hours available to reach a good placement on Sunday's staring grid.