Hampered by front forks problem in Silverstone
Mika Kallio will start Silverstone GP from 18th on the grid, after struggling with set-up issues throughout free practice and qualifying.
Mika was severely hampered by machinery problems and 29-year-old Finn was unable to dial in the front suspension to provide the level of feedback required and, as a result, struggled to get the bike turned in the blustery conditions.
He tried a number of changes to the bike during practice and qualifying to try and rectify the problem, but without success.
The Marc VDS rider and his crew have since been through the data, which points to a mechanical issue with the front forks and this will be investigated further this evening.
Mika Kallio #36:
- The bike just hasn't felt right all day, despite us changing virtually everything we could to improve things. On turn in there is no feeling from the front and the bike is moving around a lot underneath me. The same is true on corner exit when I get on the gas, the front of the bike is all over the place and it's moving around a lot more than it should.
- We weren't able to solve the problem in practice and qualifying, but looking at the data now it seems we have a mechanical problem with the front forks. These will now be stripped and, I hope, that's what the problem turns out to be so we can fix it.
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
- With high winds and rain showers it can't have been too pleasant for the British fans sat out there on the circuit today. Mika had a disappointing qualifying session, after struggling with the bike. It looks like we have a problem with the front forks, but we'll know more once they're out of the bike and stripped down. If we can fix the problem then I'm confident that a top ten finish is still a realistic goal for Mika in the race tomorrow.
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