Mika Kallio keeps in shape with Finnish Ice Racing titles

kallio on ice racing
Tuesday, 20 April 2010

The Pramac Racing rider used the pursuit in the off-season to keep himself sharp and focused ahead of the start of the 2010 MotoGP World Championship. You can watch video footage of him in action on ice here!

Mika Kallio returned to his motorcycling roots during the off-season with a stint of Ice Racing, and the Finnish rider’s skill on frozen water was evident as he took two national titles in his homeland.

Competing once more in his winter hobby, Kallio was able to take part in the Finland National Ice Racing Championship between the Official MotoGP Tests in Malaysia and Qatar in early March.

It was the first time in three years that Kallio was able to ride a full series due to his MotoGP commitments, and the Pramac Racing rider won eight out of 10 races as he took the Finnish titles in both the 250cc and 400cc classes.

“The important thing for me about riding on ice is that I can get the best possible training for my MotoGP work,” explained Kallio. “Riding on ice is completely different to riding on tarmac, but the close competition was really good for me.”

“I already had five Finnish titles from years ago, and now I have two more. It would be nice to offer other MotoGP riders the chance to test their skills out in this popular Nordic sport one day!”

You can see footage of Kallio riding on ice in the attached video.

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