Espargaro crashes out and Kallio fails to impress in another poor outing for the Pramac Ducati team.
Fabiano Sterlacchini – Pramac Racing Technical Director
“Probably one of the worst race of the season for us. Aleix was really competitive during every session, but today he slipped twice, once in the warm up and once in the race, and this has compromised his home weekend. It’s a pity because Aleix deserved to conquer a good result for the good work he was doing. For what it concern Mika, instead, we didn’t make it to find the right way to follow and today’s race is the proof of it. Almost a minute of distance from the first rider is really too much. From Sachsenring, which is one of his favorite track, we will have to change a lot.”
Mika Kallio – Pramac Racing Team – 12th
“What to say, I couldn’t go any way faster and I couldn’t conquer any more positions. I was riding at least one second slower at every lap compare to the riders in front of me. I made a very good start and this has allowed me to gain some position in the first lap. It has been a difficult weekend for me and for my Team that has worked hard to give me the best bike possible. We will have to make up for this result in the next Grand Prix in Germany.”
Aleix Espargarò – Pramac Raing Team – DNF
“I’m very sad. After the positive results I have done in the last Gran Prix, I was hoping to have a good result also on this track. This morning I had a great lap time during the warm up and I was having good hopes for the today’s race. I was also able to have a very good start, something that has not happened in previous races. This morning during the warm up I had some problems with the front, problems that have recurred also in the race. During the first lap I have overtake Hayden, then its trajectory at the end of the braking line was a bit large and I went off the track to try to not hit him. Thanks to the security street I didn’t fall and I had to cut the first curve so that I have regaining my position. During the fifth lap I was pushing hard to reduce the gap that Capirossi had ahead of me. Unfortunately, in a corner my bike had closed the steering wheel while I was braking and the bike slipped on the asphalt. I tried to get back in the race but unfortunately my bike was off. I am very sorry for not being able to finish the race in front of my fans, but I am aware of the growth that we were able to do in the recent races. We must always continue to improve our results.”
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