ESPARGARO' TENTH PLACE FOR IN THE FIRST GRAND PRIX OF ARAGON. FOURTEEN POSITION FOR KALLIO.
After the difficult yesterday's qualifying that saw both Pramac Racing Team riders conquering the rear starting positions, Aleix Espargar˛ finished the race in tenth position and Mika
Kallio had to settle for the fourteenth position. During yesterday's qualifying, the Team has had problems on both bikes which were eventually resolved, in part, during this morning warm up. The warm up ended with the Pramac Racing Team in eighth and ninth position with a gap of less than one second from Hayden's best lap. Unfortunately, the rear position departure has not helped much the green riders. After a good start in the early laps Aleix tried not to lose contact from the riders ahead of him so to try to recover positions. During the fourteenth lap Aleix has overtake De Puniet for the thirteenth position and tried to mend the gap from the group of Melandri, BarberÓ and Bautista that where fighting for the ninth position. On the last lap he then gave the maximum to overtake BarberÓ and try to burn on the final straight Melandri that has finished the race ahead of him with a lead of less than a tenth of a second. The final tenth position is overall a good result for the Spaniard after a not very good start of the weekend. Mika had a good start, and he was able to immediately overtake Aoyama in the first lap and then overtake Edwards in the fourth lap. Unfortunately due to a small error in the tenth round, the American rider has overtake Mika bringing him in the fourteenth position. During the thirteenth lap Mika was also overtaken by Aoyama that was having a better pace lap, relegating the Finn of the Pramac Racing Team in sixteenth position. The falls of De Puniet in the fourteenth lap and Dovizioso on the final lap, had made conquer to the Finn rider the fourteenth final position.
Marco Rigamonti - Aleix Espargar˛ Track Engineer
"Aleix's bike had a quite good set up during this morning warm up when he was very close to other riders and this has gave us a huge confidence for this afternoon's race. Unfortunately, the rear starting grid position did not allow us to fight for a better position. Pity, because he could certainly fight for a top eight position. "
Aleix Espargar˛ - Pramac Racing Team - 10th in the race - 13th in the World Championship
"What a sprint we did with Bautista and Melandri, for just a few tenths of second I was not able to gain a better position. In any case, the tenth position is not so bad if I think about how my weekend was started on the new track of Aragon. During the first few laps I was pretty fast, but my pace did not allow me to be very close to the other riders. After the fourteenth lap where I overtook De Puniet, I had a gap to recover from Melandri and from the group that was fighting for the ninth position. Last lap I was getting close to the group and I managed to pass BarberÓ in the last few corners. In the final sprint for a few meters, Bautista and Melandri had finished the race in front of me with a lead gap of less than two tenths of second. I am still happy for the result. "
Mika Kallio - Pramac Racing Team - 14th in the race - 16th in the World Championship
"Too bad the final result, during this morning warm up we had solved some problems we had yesterday and the gap from the first riders was not so bad. During the first few laps I had a good lap pace and I thought I could overtake some positions. Unfortunately thirteen laps from the end I have been overtaken by Edwards first and then by Aoyama, and I was never able to regain positions. It wasn't a good weekend for me. I really hope to conquer a good position in the next race in Japan on Motegi circuit that is one of my favorite tracks."