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Kallio shortens the gap to the leader

Kallio shortens the gap to the leader

Kallio shortens the gap to the leader

Mika Kallio finished in second place in the 125 cc French Grand Prix on the Le Mans circuit after shooting away to an excellent start.

The Finnish rider took the lead in the sixth lap of the race and fended off any opposition for the rest of the first half of the race.

Kallio however had some problems as the track dried out and his tyres started to slip. The 23 year-old Red Bull KTM GP 125 rider then had to let the leading duo Lüthi and Bautista go, but managed to maintain more than five seconds lead over the group following. World Championship leader Bautista then dropped out in the final lap leaving Kallio to pick up not only the second place but also to shorten the gap in the world championship for the title to just 21 points.

Teammate Julian Simon from Spain also got away well from his seventh grid position and battled in the group behind the pack leaders for places six to eight right up until his intermediate tyres too started to slip on the drying track. He was then forced to let some of his opponents by and finally secured 12th place for four championship points.

Mika Kallio
`We didn't quite get our choice of tyres right today and from the middle of the race when the track dried out I was no longer able to hold onto Lüthi and Bautista. I noticed that I had plenty of space behind me and that it was going to be possible to make the podium. Second place at Le Mans is like a victory for me´.

Harald Bartol
"We made the decision at the start to go with intermediate tyres because at that stage the track was wet. That turned out to not be the right decision for today. As always Mika rode a superb race and thanks to a bit of luck he was able to make second place."

Tags:
125cc, 2006, ALICE GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Mika Kallio

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