Injured Pramac pair outside the top ten

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Walking wounded Pramac Racing pair Niccolò Canepa and Mika Kallio were unable to make it into the top ten at the Sachsenring.

Sunday’s MotoGP race at the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland was a demanding affair for the Pramac Racing team, with a sore Niccolò Canepa going into battle after a spectacular qualifying crash and Mika Kallio making his comeback after losing the end of a finger at Assen.

Niccolò Canepa - 12th

“I had a lot of pain in my left ankle, but I had to grit my teeth until the end of the race. It has been a positive race considering the physical condition I was in. I took too much time to overtake Gabor Talmacsi and this made me lose the group of riders in front of me, but with persistence I made it to reach and overtake some other riders. For sure my objective isn't 12th position, but because of the way it went yesterday and considering that this is my first GP here I can be satisfied. I have to thank the Clinica Mobile doctors as they allowed me to race today.”

Mika Kallio - 14th

“Everyone saw what our potential was at this circuit. In every session, including this morning warm up, we remained in the first ten and this was our very lowest aim this afternoon. In the race we started well, but after only five laps I felt something wasn’t working properly on the front of the bike: the tyre suddenly deteriorated. I could have easily finished in sixth or seventh position, but bad luck hit us. I tried everything possible to stay with the riders near me, but after ten laps the situation got even worse. I hope that better luck will be on our side next Sunday at Donington.”

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