21.09.2019

Kallio 18th on the Aragon GP grid as Espargaro awaits updates on left wrist injury

MotoGP 2019 - Round 14, MotorLand Aragon (ESP)
Mika Kallio KTM RC16 2019 Aragon MotoGP

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Red Bull KTM suffered a setback with an unfortunate highside for Pol Espargaro during the sunny Free Practice 4 session. The Catalan had entered Q2 directly after promising pace throughout Free Practice and was consistently inside or near the top five of the MotoGP class. The 28 year old crashed entering Turn 9 and immediately held his left wrist. A fractured radius bone was diagnosed at the circuit and Espargaro elected to travel back to Barcelona for further check-ups and a decision over surgery. The eventual course of action will affect recovery time and his fitness for the next round in Thailand in two weeks.

Mika Kallio rounded the quick and challenging curves of MotorLand to secure 18th spot on the grid. The Finn, who has clocked an eye-catching 3rd best chrono in the damp FP3 morning session, set his time in the dry Q1 and for what was his first taste of MotoGP action since the German Grand Prix at Sachsenring last year.

Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Miguel Oliveira was less than two tenths of a second quicker than his new brandmate and will start 16th for the 23 lap chase at 13.00 tomorrow. Hafizh Syahrin will launch from 20th position.

Mika Kallio: “It has been a couple of exciting days and this was actually my first qualification since Barcelona [2018]. I wasn’t completely ready and it wasn't easy to come up to the level where the other guys are for just a few laps. For sure I still need to improve a lot. My speed over the long run is not that bad and my feeling on the bike is good but we need to get the rear grip a bit better for tomorrow. It’s been a long time but it’s nice to get out there and to be close to the other guys. I hope we can bring the bike into the points and I am quite confident that we can be competitive for the race.”

Mike Leitner, Red Bull KTM Team Manager: “The day started quite well because we were looking to Q2 with Pol and a good position on the grid. FP3 was wet so the riders didn't have much chance to improve the bike but Mika did really well to make the 3rd best lap. We had to try tyres and our plan was the soft and hard with Pol but he crashed on his out-lap with the hard. It’s bad because it looks like there is a fracture in the left wrist but we’ll know the full plan and the next steps once the results come through from Barcelona. He’s unfit for the race and we can only wish him all the best for the moment. Mika did his first qualification for a long, long time. The lap-time was not bad but the level of the riders at round fourteen is really high for someone just coming in. Anyway, he has good race pace so we’ll see the outcome of the grand prix tomorrow.”
 
Miguel Oliveira: “It has been a tough Qualifying day. This morning we started in mixed conditions, we did some changes on the bike and I felt good. For some reason we could not make the soft tyre work, to be honest, our race pace looks actually better than the time attack so let’s hope for a strong start tomorrow and then I can do a good race.”

Hafizh Syahrin: “On my second outing in Qualifying I felt much better than on the first one, I went out of the box and I just had good sensations. Unfortunately, I came into traffic when I tried to go faster, so I couldn’t improve more. Anyway, we try to do our best tomorrow. I hope I can have a decent Warm Up tomorrow morning and then we’ll see what we can do in the race.”

Moto2 & Moto3

Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Brad Binder will roll his KTM into 3rd place and the front row (for the third time in 2019) for tomorrow’s Moto2 Grand Prix. Teammate Jorge Martin was 14th fastest. In Moto3 Sterilgarda Max Racing Team’s Aron Canet clinched his second Pole Position of the season and was the first of four KTM riders in the top five. This year’s Red Bull Rookies Cup Champion Carlos Tatay was a surprise 3rd and was followed by Jakub Kornfeil and Celestino Vietti.

Races: September 22nd, 2019 – Moto3 11.20 | MotoGP 13.00 | Moto2 14.30 CET

Results Qualifying MotoGP MotorLand Aragon 2019

1. Marc Marquez (ESP), Honda 1:47.009
2. Fabio Quartararo (FRA), Yamaha +0.327
3. Maverick Viñales (ESP), Yamaha +0.463
4. Jack Miller (ITA), Yamaha +0.649
5. Aleix Espagaro (ESP) Aprilia +0.724
12. Pol Espargaro (ESP), Red Bull KTM (no time set)
17. Miguel Oliveira (POR), Red Bull KTM Tech3 1:48.827 (Q1)
19. Mika Kallio (FIN), Red Bull KTM 1:49.315 (Q1)
21. Hafizh Syahrin (MYS), Red Bull KTM Tech3 1:49.315 (Q1)

Results Qualifying Moto2 MotorLand Aragon 2019

1. Alex Marquez (ESP) Kalex 1:52.225
2. Augusto Fernandez (ESP) Speed +0.125
3. Brad Binder (RSA) Red Bull KTM Ajo +0.201
14. Jorge Martin (ESP) Red Bull KTM Ajo +0.672

Results Qualifying Moto3 MotorLand Aragon 2019

1. Aron Canet (ESP) KTM 1:58.197
2. Ai Ogura (JPN) Honda +0.701
3. Carlos Tatay (ESP) KTM +0.786
4. Jakub Kornfeil (CZE) KTM +0.895
5. Celestino Vietti (ITA) KTM +0.924
26. Deniz Öncü (TUR) Red Bull KTM Ajo (Q1) 2:00.466

Contact:
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Sebastian Kuhn
+43 676 599 0084
sebastian.kuhn@ktm.com


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