Difficult Mugello race with chatter issues
Italian Moto2 Grand Prix at Mugello started strongly for Mika Kallio but the second part of the race was difficult with chatter problems. The Marc VDS rider fought his way through the field from 22nd on the grid, eventually crossing the line in 11th position.
Mika was forced to battle his way through the field today, after a crash during yesterday's qualifying session saw him start today from the eighth row of the grid.
The 29-year-old Finn made up eight places on the opening lap and, by half race distance, had moved his way into the top ten.
He looked set to continue his upward progress in 9th place until the return of the chatter that has affected so many of his races this season.
Mika then struggled to maintain his previous pace, was forced to concede two places and did well to fight off challenges in the final laps to finish in 11th position and 13 seconds behind the winner.
Mika Kallio #36:
- The bike felt good from the start and I was able to make up places quickly on the opening laps, eventually joining the leading group of riders. I was pretty confident I could work my way closer to the front, but then at half race distance I started to struggle with chatter once again. It's the same problem we've had in previous races and it's starting to get annoying now.
- We've tried many different set-ups to eliminate the problem, none of which have worked. Now we need to look at the engine and the clutch for the cause, because we have to sort this issue out. Today the chatter meant my lap times dropped off because I just couldn't push. I'm disappointed to finish outside the top ten for the first time this season, especially when I could have been top five without the chatter issue.
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
- Mika could have been in really good position once again today, but for the chatter that has plagued him this season. We need to look more closely at the engine and clutch, as these could well be the cause of the problem. Whatever the cause, we need to find a solution, as Mika is more than capable of finishing inside the top five every weekend without this problem.
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