Kallio takes first podium of the season with second at Sachsenring

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Sachsenring Kallio Race
Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Marc VDS Racing Team’s Mika Kallio took his first podium finish of the 2012 season with a superb second place in the German Moto2 Grand Prix at the Sachsenring on Sunday.

Kallio, starting from the front row of the grid for the first time this season, got away from the line cleanly and squeezed his what into second place on the run up to the first corner. Andrea Iannone briefly relegated Kallio to third, but the 29-year-old Finn reclaimed second position when the Italian crashed out just eight laps into the race.

For the next 16 laps Kallio shadowed race leader Marc Marquez, matching the pace of the current championship leader but unable to find that little bit of extra pace needed to affect a pass. With six laps to go the Marc VDS rider experienced a drop off in grip from the rear tyre and was forced to let Marquez go.

Kallio was briefly relegated to third by a hard charging Alex de Angelis right at the end of the race, but put in a pass with three laps to go to reclaim second position, which he then defended to the line.

Mika Kallio

"I was pretty confident I could fight for the podium before I lined up on the grid. The bike has worked well in every session, and in all the weather conditions we've had here at Sachsenring. I got away from the line really well and managed to get cleanly through turn one, then it was just a case of settling into the race and finding my rhythm. I was able to match the lap times of Marc Marquez for most of the race, but in the last six laps I lost a little bit of grip and he was able to pull out a gap at the front. The drop off was enough to allow Alex de Angelis to catch and pass me, but there was no way I was going to let him take second place away from me. I reclaimed second with three laps to go and then held on to the chequered flag."

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