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Kallio pleased with KTM progress

Kallio pleased with KTM progress

After three days of testing at Jerez in Spain, Red Bull KTM factory rider Mika Kallio was very positive. The Finn was only sixth fastest overall, but was pleased with the work done during the penultimate test of the 2008 pre-season.

After three days of testing at Jerez in Spain, Red Bull KTM factory rider Mika Kallio was very positive. The Finn was only sixth fastest overall, but was pleased with the work done during the penultimate test of the 2008 pre-season.

"I feel good and relaxed. We won the final race of last year's season and I've been fastest or up with the top group in all the pre-season tests, like here in Jerez. Our bike is fast and competitive, even more so than last year where we've had difficulties to find enough rear grip and the right handling on some of the tracks."

Kallio said there had been major improvements with the new generation of chassis that has been in use since last November and confirmed that the efficiency of the bike has greatly improved.

"On tracks like Valencia and Jerez, which are not so fast, we look really good in comparison to our competitors, and it will be interesting to see what will happen on a fast track like Qatar with the first race of the season in two week's time. Luckily we all have the chance to test there one week prior to the race, which will be especially important for us. My goal for the season is clear - we are out to win races, and I am sure that we have a good chance to win the championship!"

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250cc, 2008, Mika Kallio, Red Bull KTM 250

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