New to motogp.com?Register here

Tickets purchase
VideoPass purchase

Kallio celebrates maiden 250cc victory

Kallio celebrates maiden 250cc victory

Red Bull KTM's Mika Kallio completed his own hat-rick of Motegi wins on Sunday, recording his first victory in the 250cc class, having won at the Twin Ring circuit on 125 machinery on his previous two visits.

Red Bull KTM's Mika Kallio completed his own hat-rick of Motegi wins on Sunday, recording his first victory in the 250cc class, having won at the Twin Ring circuit on 125 machinery on his previous two visits.

While the 2007 A-Style Grand Prix of Japan MotoGP winner Loris Capirossi was winning the premier class races in 2006 and 2005 Kallio was doing the same in the single cylinder category and the 24-year-old Finnish rider demonstrated his liking for the Japanese circuit once again this weekend.

His maiden quarter litre class triumph was the perfect way to mark the end of a week which started with Kallio crashing out at Portugal on the day when his first child was born – his partner giving birth to a baby girl back home in Finland while daddy was racing at Estoril.

The runner-up in the 125cc World Championship for the last two years now has a break to spend time with his new arrival at home in Scandinavia before the next round in Australia in three weeks time.

After sealing KTM's second 250cc Motegi victory in succession – following Hiroshi Aoyama's win on home soil last year – Kallio commented: "It looks like Motegi is a very good track for us. By mid-race, I overtook Dovizioso and continued to push, but I was always followed very closely. There didn't seem to be any chance to get away so I decided to just ride at my own rhythm."

"Then it started to drizzle again, which was disturbing, but I was able to keep my speed. I only noticed in the last lap that Dovizioso was the only one left behind me and the fact that he slowed made it easier in the end."

KTM Technical Director Harald Bartol meanwhile heaped the praise on Kallio, adding: "His race was a tactical masterpiece. In the beginning, he was looking carefully how the grip level was and how the tyres were doing, and in the end, he had an ace up his sleeve that he pulled out in the right moment."

Tags:
250cc, 2007, A-STYLE GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Mika Kallio

Other updates you may be interested in ›