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Campinoti: Stability the Pramac basis for 2010

Campinoti: Stability the Pramac basis for 2010

Pramac racing boss Paolo Campinoti discusses the 2009 season and his expectations for next year in an interview with

It was a campaign of mixed results for Pramac Racing in 2009, with the satellite Ducati team taking a chance by fielding two MotoGP rookies in Mika Kallio and Niccolò Canepa. The Finn secured the Rookie of the Year award whilst Canepa found his first season in the premier class difficult.

Aleix Espargaró will line up alongside Kallio next year after impressing with four guest appearances on the Desmosedici GP9 in 2009, and Paolo Campinoti hopes the knowledge gained during the season will help make 2010 a more consistent one for Pramac.

“For us it has been what we can call a season of study,” said the team boss. “We have adjusted many things. The main target was to create some stability in the team so I think this has been achieved. For next season we are looking to keep the two riders we have now, and the team will remain the same. So we’re very happy and I think all the problems we’ve seen in the last half of the season will be better for next year. If we can win the Rookie of the Year again it will be very good, because there are many new riders joining MotoGP.”

Campinoti is also optimistic about what can be achieved in the off-season, and continued, “We expect both riders will improve, especially Espargaró, as he hasn’t had much of a season, just a few races. So we think it’ll be very helpful, especially for him to have the full training period ahead that he can really get more confidence with the bike.”

Kallio’s first year in MotoGP ended with nine top-ten race finishes as he placed 15th in the overall standings. He recovered from a crash at Assen midway through the season to be drafted into the factory Ducati Marlboro team to ride for three races when Casey Stoner was out.

“I’m confident Mika can improve on the results of this year, because for him it was only the first season,” Campinoti stated. “He lost some confidence after Assen when he crashed, so now I think he’s gaining confidence again and I’m sure he can be at the front. In 250cc he was competing against Jorge Lorenzo and all the guys who are now going well, so I’m confident he can do well.”

MotoGP, 2009, Pramac Racing

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