The second night of the Qatar MotoGP test saw rookie Mika Kallio take a heavy fall from his Pramac Racing Ducati.
Kallio, like Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa, fell during the final two hours - but while Pedrosa will return home to Spain early due to hand and knee injuries, Kallio was more fortunate and intends to make amends during the third and final night.
“In the first hours we were working well, but then in the last part of the day things weren't going too well and I made a mistake in a left turn and I fell,” said Kallio, who had been encouraged by third position out of the eleven riders who rode on day one.
“I barely touched the front brake and I found myself on the ground. I suffered a hard hit but tomorrow I should be able to step on the circuit without any problem. I will try to make it up tomorrow,” declared Kallio, whose accident brought out red flags to allow oil from his machine to be cleaned up.
Having seen Pedrosa and then team-mate Kallio fall, Niccolo Canepa decided to finish his night early - resulting in 16th on the timesheets, one place ahead of Kallio.
“Today's position in the standing doesn't worry me. I remain calm because I basically didn't go on track in the last two hours, when most of the riders improved,” said Canepa, fifth on day one. “After having seen Dani and Mika fell, together with my team we preferred to end the day early to don't take any risk so that we would be able to use in the best way possible the last day of work here. I am working well, I understood where to improve and tomorrow I will give my best again.”
“The final result doesn't show the way today's session went,” added Canepa's track engineer Marco Rigamonti. “In the last two hours the track conditions were getting worse and Niccolo preferred to not step on the circuit, especially after Pedrosa and Kallio's falls. Until that moment we were in the top ten. For this reason we remain trustful. Niccolo, in contrast to the last test in Malaysia, is really calm and this is really important. He improves every time he goes out of the pit-lane, but he still needs more experience as he still doesn't know this track so well.”