Both Mika Kallio and Aleix Esparagaro will start tomorrow’s Australian MotoGP from the 4th row.
Mika Kallio managed to secure his best qualifying position in what seems ike an eternity by taking 12th position in what could be his last race for the Pramac Ducati team.
Fabiano Sterlacchini – Technical Director
“We can feel quite satisfied with how our riders finished the qualifying session today. I’m sure that if the rain had not stopped Mika, he could have done even better. We have both riders in the fourth row and this will be a good opportunity for us in the case of good start to remain with the fastest riders since the first turn. A big question mark for tomorrow’s race, beyond the technical choices, will be the weather conditions. Anything can happen.”
Aleix Espargarò – 11th, best lap time in 1’32.542
“Every time I left the pit box after about three or four laps, I felt pain in my right wrist and this didn’t allow me to handle the brakes as I should. This was very risky and did not allowed me to push hard. I received some medical check up and there seems nothing to worry about even if I, as a precaution, will undergo some treatments tomorrow morning. For tomorrow I would like the track to be either fully wet or dry. The middle situation on this circuit becomes very complicated to deal with.”
Mika Kallio – 12th, best lap time in 1’32.816
“Despite the pain in my left shoulder we have given all we could and things worked out quite well. We were going to improve further more but the rain has stopped me. Too bad, but this result gives me good confidence for tomorrow’s race. We have found bike’s best set up for tomorrow’s race, even though, of course, it will all depend on the track conditions we will find.”
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