A terrible weekend for the Pramac Ducati team as both Mika Kallio and Aleix Espargaro failed to finish the race – Espargaro crashed in a 3 bike incident with Randy de Puniet and Alvaro Bautista; and Mika Kallio crashed out on the first turn when the race restarted.
Fabiano Sterlacchini – Pramac Racing Technical Director
“What to say, it was an unlucky race for both riders. We aim to get away from the Sachsenring with a good haul of points, but unfortunately for us we have to hurry forget this race. During the first race we had a good pace with both riders despite a bad start, the riders had a good comeback and have recovered some positions. Unfortunately Aleix was involved in the accident and although he really want to get back in the saddle, by regulation they did not allowed him to take part to the second race. Mika has instead taken part in the second race, unfortunately he has arrived too fast in the first corner and his tyres where still too cold and he have lose the rear grip when he have reopened gas. Shame because we noticed a significant improvement in his times throughout all the weekend and we had great confidence in him for a good result. We have to quickly forget this race and start thinking about next weekend where both riders will be able to redeem themselves on Laguna Seca’s track. ”
Mika Kallio – Pramac Racing Team – DNF in race – 16th in the world championship
“This is not the right way! Cold tyres have betrayed me just few meters from the second start. With the second start I wanted to immediately comeback some positions, but unfortunately as soon as I entered the first turn, I lost the rear tyre and my bike slipped away. Too bad because I had a good pace during the first 9 laps, despite a bad start, I had recovered three positions and I was very close to the riders ahead of me and that were fighting for the eighth position. Luckily I avoided the bikes that were on the track after the accident, but unfortunately my race ended at the first corner of the second start. I very regret not being able to give a good result to my technicians. I hope to be competitive throughout next weekend during the U.S. Grand Prix. ”
Aleix Espargarò – Pramac Racing Team – DNF in the race – 14th in the world championship
“What a unlucky race for me today. I was reducing the gap from the riders ahead of me and I could easily fight with them for the eighth position. Unfortunately I found De Puniet’s bike that was lying on the track in front of me and I could not avoid it. My bike has brought too much damage in the accident and I was not able to bring it back to the box again. I had a big pain in my right wrist and in my neck, I wanted to make the warm up lap of the second round to see my physical condition and if I was able to ride for the second race. Too bad because I could gain a good position. I just made X-rays in the mobile clinic and fortunately nothing is broken, while in Chemnitz’s hospital, where I was took to have further checks, they have found that my vertebra C7 is broken. Tonight we will send the x-ray to Spain so that my doctor can see them and check if it is new or old fracture. I am confident and I hope to attend the upcoming U.S. Grand Prix.”
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