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Kallio hopes chassis updates will increase competitiveness

Kallio hopes chassis updates will increase competitiveness

Red Bull KTM 250cc title candidate Mika Kallio hopes an updated chassis will see him back on form at Misano.

Finland´s Mika Kallio was one of nine 250cc competitors to remain in situ at Brno on Monday for an important day of post-GP testing and the activity appeared to have been worthwhile as he ended the day second fastest behind Alvaro Bautista by just 0.191s.

After a strong start to the year Kallio has not been on the podium since his remarkable victory in June at Donington from fourteenth on the grid, with standings leader Marco Simoncelli now sixteen points ahead - on a run of seven consecutive rostrum appearances.

Kallio believes that updates to his KTM race package are required in order to regain that recently elusive cutting edge, so of course any test opportunity is seized gladly.

Reviewing the Brno work-out he said, `We have been concentrating more on tyres than on the chassis side. We now have a new chassis which works quite well, but we still need something more and KTM are working on another new chassis, which is completely different to the last two ones so we will see if we can get it in Misano.´

Expanding on the process Kallio continued, `It is difficult when you get updates during the season because you don´t always have time to test. When we go to Misano we won´t have time to test it. It is a difficult situation for us but it is something we have to do because the Aprilias are a little bit too fast at the moment.´

Although Kallio finished fifth at Brno in an exciting 250cc contest last Sunday his gap to race-winner Alex Debon was only just over a second and the finest of margins will make the difference as the season progresses.

With some of his competitors on factory Italian machinery appearing to have taken steps forward in recent weeks, several now benefitting from electronics systems similar to those used in MotoGP, Kallio is keeping a close eye on developments.

The 25 year-old concluded, `I heard that Aprilia have got traction control but we don´t have anything like that. Our traction controls are our wrists! But this is not a problem. Of course we need to improve on the engine side to get a little bit more top speed, but I hope the new chassis will help to make us faster.´

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

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