Kallio content with ongoing Moto2 adjustment

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Kallio reviews Valencia Test
Monday, 14 February 2011

The Finn completed his second Test on the Suter machine of his Marc VDS Racing Team at Valencia, following which he reviewed the progress of his adaptation to the 600cc bike.

Mika Kallio’s second Test on the Suter Moto2 bike he will campaign this season concluded with a positive assessment from the Finnish rider, who in 2011 rides with the Marc VDS Racing Team after making the switch following two seasons in the MotoGP class.

The 28 year-old underwent surgery on an injured collarbone just a month prior to the Valencia Test, which was wrapped up on Saturday, and despite only regaining full movement in his affected arm the week before the Test he was extremely satisfied with the outcome of the three days.

“I didn't really know what to expect from my shoulder after the operation, but it's been more or less okay,” said the 28 year-old. “I think we can be happy with this Test, everything went quite well and I got a lot more information on the bike. Now I need to adapt my style to riding it a bit more. The lap times were quite positive and that’s why I can smile a bit!”

The change from the 800cc MotoGP to the 600cc Moto2 bike is a process that is still in progress, but one which is going well for Kallio.

“It was really difficult (to make the change),” he explained. “Of course I knew what to expect a little bit because I tried the bike last November at the Valencia Test. I saw then that it wasn’t easy, and the bike is totally different compared to a MotoGP machine. You need to change your riding style, your braking points, you need to ride different lines and there is much less power in this bike in comparison. So everything is totally different. But day by day, lap by lap, I’m getting more confident and I hope we’ll be ready for Qatar.”

The focus remains on fully acclimatising to the Moto2 bike before setting any aims for the season for Kallio, despite the inevitable questions about whether he can emulate 2010 Moto2 World Champion Toni Elías’ success.

“I hope so!” replied Kallio. “I’m not thinking about this too much at the moment though. Now I just need to concentrate on the Tests and we’ll see where we are when we arrive in Qatar. The season will be very tough of course, because there are a lot of good riders. Everything is possible but right now I need more laps to get used to everything, because it’s not easy to jump to this bike.”

Kallio will continue his work at the Estoril Test, which commences tomorrow (Tuesday) and lasts for three days.

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