Hard fought 9th in Barcelona
Mika Kallio secured another top ten finish for the Marc VDS Racing Team in Moto2 GP at Catalunya. Mika battled his way through the field from 19th on the grid, to finish 9th.
Mika threw caution to the wind at the start, diving up the inside of the field on the entry to turn one to make up a handful of places in one go.
The 29-year-old Finn then continued to pick up places on the opening lap and was quickly involved in what turned out to be the battle for fourth place.
A drop off in rear grip left Mika able to match the lap times of the other riders in the group, but unable to mount a challenge to improve his position.
Mika Kallio #36: 9th Position
- After warm up this morning we made a few small changes to the front of the bike for the race. It was a bit of a risk, but we didn't really have anything to lose starting from so far back on the grid. It turned out that we went in the right direction and straight away I was quicker than in qualifying yesterday.
- I got a good start and made up a lot of places into turn one and even more on the opening lap. I was battling in a group when the rear grip dropped off; it wasn't severe and I was able to maintain my lap times, but I just didn't have the drive out of the turns needed to set up a pass. In the end it was at least satisfactory after the problems yesterday and it was enough to retain sixth place in the championship.
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
- Mika rode a hard race today, to fight his way up from the seventh row of the grid and finish well inside the top ten. I have no doubt that, if he hadn't had to use up his tyres fighting his way through the field in the opening laps, a top five finish was a possibility today. We need to work with Mika on his qualifying, as it's costing him good results at the moment.
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