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Kallio extends KTM stay for another season

Kallio extends KTM stay for another season

Mika Kallio will continue his association with KTM in 250cc for at least another season, following the announcement that the Finn has signed a one year extension to his current contract with an option on a further year.

Mika Kallio will continue his association with KTM in 250cc for at least another season, following the announcement that the Finn has signed a one year extension to his current contract with an option on a further year.

In a statement following his signing on the dotted line, 250cc rookie Kallio stated that:

"My dream is to win the world championship, and I believe with KTM, this dream can come true, The team started their 250cc project only two years ago. They started winning races last year and now we are riding with good chances of race wins and podium finishes at almost every venue. This shows the commitment and determination of every team member. The package that we now have is very good and everybody is working hard to improve it even further. I have no doubt that we will be again competitive in 2008 and that KTM is going to be a serious World Championship title contender."

"Since myself and Harald Bartol (KTM's Technical Director) first met in 1993, it has always been very special and inspiring to work with him and his team. He has proven on numerous occasions that he is simply the best as far as two-stroke technology goes. Everybody saw how he first turned Yamaha, then Derbi into winning machines, and how fast the KTM engine was right from its first year in the World Championship. He works day and night to improve our bikes and his passion for this sport is second to none."

"With a bigger company or team structure you sometimes have to be very patient and wait for technical improvements. But with Red Bull KTM, I simply have to talk to Harald and he can take the appropriate decisions and go ahead with new parts and alterations straight away. We find problems, and we fix them without losing any time. The team feels like a well organised family enterprise. It's just fantastic!"

Bartol himself paid tribute to his protege in the announcement, stating: "He is a great guy, uncomplicated and easy to deal with - you couldn't wish for a nicer person in a team - and of course, he is a great talent. He is fast by nature and can pretty much ride anything with two wheels and an engine."

"Mika has the talent, the skills and the experience to win the World Championship," concluded Bartol, who announced to motogp.com at Misano that the factory are looking at adding an additional rider to their 250cc ranks next year.

Tags:
250cc, 2007, Mika Kallio

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