Mixed fortunes for the Pramac Ducati team in the first session at Le Mans – Espargaro showed the improvement that he desperately needed and finished the first session in 9th place, Kallio struggled and finished 15th.
Fabiano Sterlacchini – Pramac Racing Technical Director
“We’re halfway happy for the results of these first free practice, if Aleix was the protagonist of a very good test, in the other side we had some problems with Mika’s bike that did not allow us to reduce the gap from the riders ahead of him. We have already identified some setting changes that will allow him to have a more stable bike on the corners entry, we hope that this will allow him to get a better qualifying time tomorrow. After the good result of Jerez we have to keep high concentration to improve our results .”
Aleix Espargaro – Pramac Racing Team – 9th fastest time in 1’35 .450
“I am very happy with this result, especially because on Fridays I generally have some problems to get confidence with the new circuits. I am excited to have close the first free practice with just one second gap from the first rider and also because I was faster than other riders that have much more experience than me. I was able to receive some technical advice from Ducati, I still have some problems with the front wheel but I have got a lot of trust in my team and I’m sure that tomorrow they will give me a even more competitive bike to have the best deal with the second free practice and qualifying. ”
Mika Kallio – Pramac Racing Team – 15th best time in 1’36 .292
“I am a bit upset about the result, but we did a tremendous job with the Team to try to solve all the problems and I think we have found the right balance for tomorrow. Unfortunately, my riding style does not allow me to be fast with this bike on some circuits and for this reason we need a little more time of the others to find the faster time. We remain however confident since after the first day of the last Grand Prix of Jerez, the situation was even more uncertain. “
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