Confused race in Donington for MotoGP riders. The track conditions have changed many times due to some light rain that has fallen on the circuit where there were about ten laps left. Niccolò has managed very well this situation and after a difficult start he has begun his spectacular comeback. The Italian rider has reached and overtaken four riders in the last part of the race concluding in eight position, his best performance until this moment in the MotoGP class. His teammate, Mika Kallio, has started much better but when the first rain dropped he thought to come in the pit to step on the bike with rain tyres and set up. Probably not the right decision as unluckily rain has stopped after only a few laps and the Finnish rider couldn’t make the comeback he expected. Mika has therefore dropped from the sixth to the tenth final position. Anyway a good result for the Pramac Racing Team that brings for the first time in the season both riders in the top ten. MotoGP now takes two weeks of summer break before August 16th when the Grand Prix of Czech Republic will take place in Brno.
Marco Rigamonti – Niccolò Canepa Track Engineer
“Second top ten for Niccolò and once again with confuse track condition. We have chosen to start the race with dry setting and Niccolò decided to don’t change the bike when it started to rain and I believe this two decisions have revealed the best ones. Niccolò find himself at ease with this kind of track condition. At the beginning, with dry surface, he has taken some laps to warm up the tyres, but once he found a good feeling he made a good comeback. We are really happy for him. He deserves it because he has always given his best and never gave up.”
Niccolò Canepa – Pramac Racing rider – 8th in the race – 16th in MotoGP classification
“Today has finally gone well. It has been a particular race because the track has remained humid from the first to the last lap. At one point it was very complicated to remain on the bike. The riders with more experience than me in this championship have a small advantage on the dry, but with this condition maybe a bit of madness and sensibility on the bike is needed. Also on the dry track I am improving race after race reducing my distance from the best riders. This result makes me go on vacation a bit more serene and ready to start with even more enthusiasm in Brno.”
Mika Kallio – Pramac Racing rider – 10th in the race – 15th in MotoGP classification
“I am not very happy because we expected a lot more from this race. With the dry track we were fighting for sixth position but when it started to rain I thought it would have been better to change bike. After only a couple of laps rain has basically stopped and I couldn’t improve my prior lap times on slick tyres. In these conditions is never easy to make the right decision also because you don’t have much time to think about it. Tuesday I will have surgery to close the cut at the injured finger and after a few days of vacation I will be back at the top for Brno race.”