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Kallio voted Finland's top Motorsport star

Kallio voted Finland's top Motorsport star

Kallio voted Finland's top Motorsport star

Mika Kallio will be back on track this weekend at Almeria in Spain for his first test session of the pre-season with the Red Bull KTM team, but has recently been enjoying some free time back home in Finland where he was voted his country's 'Best Driver of the Year'.

After a vote run over two weeks by Finnish TV station Channel 2 and Finnish motorsport publication Ruutulippu, Kallio emerged as Finland's favourite driver ahead of F1 star Kimi Räikkönen and two-time WRC World Champion Marcus Grönholm.

"Winning such an award is very flattering, it really feels great," said Kallio. "But it also shows that MotoGP is getting more and more popular in Finland where there is a strong tradition of following F1 and rallying."

"So I guess the media and the fans appreciated the fact that the competition is always pretty close in the 125cc class, we always put on a good show."

"We begin to test this weekend in Almeria with Red Bull KTM. It will be nice to get back on the track, I'm looking forward to trying the new development bike. Hopefully, we will enjoy some good weather!"

Tags:
125cc, 2005, Mika Kallio

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