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Kallio leg injury not set to affect Sachsenring appearance

Kallio leg injury not set to affect Sachsenring appearance

Despite a nasty crash in a private test held last week in Brno, Mika Kallio will be on-track to defend his title lead in Germany.

Defending the leadership of the 250cc World Championship, Mika Kallio will be riding through the pain barrier at the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland this weekend. The Finn suffered a heavy crash in a private test at Brno last week, but should be fit to ride as he looks to fight off the challenge of Marco Simoncelli at the top of the standings.

The injuries sustained in the crash were centred on the lower half of the Red Bull KTM rider´s body, with sprains to the MCL and ACL of his right knee and a further sprain to his left ankle. Kallio also picked up a haematoma on his right thigh in the impact.

KTM boss Harold Bartol allayed fears that the crash would affect Kallio´s performance in the last race before the 250cc summer break, indicating that the injuries would signal little modification.

`Mika is more or less fine now. He is already getting ready for Sachsenring, and the pain is quite minor so we aren´t making any special adjustments to the bike as yet,´said the Austrian, explaining the purpose of the quarter-litre testing run for Kallio and teammate Hiroshi Aoyama.

`We were focusing on the chassis, and different intakes to try with it. Unfortunately the track condition was not so good in Brno, and we also had to stop the test when Mika crashed. However, we basically had everything pretty much done by the time that happened.´

Kallio currently leads the 250cc World Championship by just a solitary point from Simoncelli, who was also riding at the Brno test with a new Metis Gilera RSA last week.

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

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