Kallio speaks out about his switch to KTM

Monday, 25 August 2003

Kallio speaks out about his switch to KTM

Embroiled in a tug-of-war between his new KTM team and his former employers Ajo Motorsport, currently mounting legal action against the Austrian factory, Mika Kallio produced the ride of his life at the Gauloises Grand Prix Ceske Republiky last weekend to keep his concentration and seal his highest ever Grand Prix finish in fourth place. Riding the machine vacated by World Champion Arnaud Vincent just days previously, the pressure was on the shy Finnish youngster to produce a result and his cause was made even more difficult when he fell and broke his finger in the final qualifying session. Kallio spoke exclusively to motograndprix.com about his rather unusual weekend and looked ahead to the upcoming races at Estoril and Rio.

"I'm happy at this move, I'm riding a KTM and that makes me happy. Last weekend was perfect for me really, the only thing was that I broke a finger, but everything else was great. The first practice on Friday was a little difficult for me, because it was the first time I tried the bike in wet conditions. It went well and I got good position. Then in the afternoon it was dry and I got eighth position, this was very good, everybody was happy with that. But then on Saturday it wasn't a good day. We had a little problem with the electrics on the bike and we had to deal with that issue, and then on top I crashed and broke my finger. Sunday was very good though, and that made up for it!"

"I hope that we can get this kind of result in Portugal and Rio and the next races. But the team say that this year is only testing and development, of course we got fourth position, and this is very good, but if I come in eighth or tenth then the team say they are also going to be happy with that."

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