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Espargaró continues top-ten form as Kallio relishes battle

The Pramac Racing riders were tenth and 11th respectively at the TIM TT Assen.

The Pramac Racing team had a productive TIM TT Assen on Saturday as Aleix Espargaró achieved his fourth straight top-ten result, whilst Mika Kallio improved on his result from Silverstone to place 11th.

Espargaró lost positions from his starting spot of tenth but regained them with a strong ride, at one point getting in front of Marco Simoncelli before eventually losing the battle with the Italian for ninth.

Kallio enjoyed a good start from 13th and engaged in a fight with Héctor Barberá on the last five laps, managing to beat the Spanish rider to 11th as he edged closer to the top ten than he had been a week previously.

Aleix Espargarò:

"Unfortunately my bad start meant I lost contact with the front group and I had to fight to regain the positions I lost. After I had passed some riders I had a good race pace that allowed me to recover the gap to Simoncelli. In eight laps I managed reduce the three-second gap to him and pass. I pushed as hard as I could to try and break away from him but I risked falling, and he got in front of me. I studied the places where I could try to overtake him, but on the last lap I was not close enough. I'm also happy to have had my smallest gap to the race winner this season. Now we race in Barcelona, my home Grand Prix, and I will do my best to get a good result for my team and my fans.”

Mika Kallio

"I was very happy with the excellent start I made which allowed me to gain three positions after the first lap. Unfortunately my race pace didn’t let me keep up with the best riders and my bike was not very quick in some fast points of the track. I fought with Capirossi and Barberà for 11th and I won the battle with Barberà, preventing him from passing me on the last corner. I hope to get a better result next week at Barcelona.”

Tags:
MotoGP, 2010, Mika Kallio, Aleix Espargaro, Pramac Racing Team

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