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Loss of second place aggravates Kallio

Loss of second place aggravates Kallio

Mika Kallio was highly pleased to have notched up a podium finish in Sunday’s Moto2™ race at Circuit of the Americas, but could not hide his slight frustration over the fact that an opportunity for second position had been jettisoned on the final corner of the final lap.

The Finn maintained a competitive pace over the course of the race distance and, although winner Nico Terol may have been out of touch, the runner-up spot was certainly a possibility.

“It was unbelievable,” Marc VDS Racing Team’s Kallio told, having crossed the final line only half a tenth of a second behind Tuenti HP 40’s Esteve Rabat.

“We had a good start and then I saw immediately that I had quite good pace. I was struggling a lot over the weekend, but for the race I made some changes to the front end and the clutch settings, which made it a lot better. I just followed the other guys over the first laps to see what lap times they were doing and realised that I could follow them quite easily.

“I tried to establish my own rhythm when Terol started to pull away a bit, so I couldn’t really chase him and just tried to concentrate on my own laps. It was unbelievable. It was a good battle and I had to fight a lot all the time because there was always a guy just behind me, so I would need to always brake as late as possible. For that reason it was always hard physically.

“Everything went really well but I’m just a little bit disappointed about what happened at the last corner. I tried to brake as late as possible, but maybe it was one metre too late; I ran wide a little bit and then the door was open for the next guy. So I missed out on second place and that’s why I’m not fully happy at the moment. I think that Jerez will be a better track for me and that it will be a different story. Of course you never know what is going to happen but, for sure, our goal is to continue like this.”

Heading to the third round in Spain, Kallio sits joint second in the standings alongside the two men with whom he shared the Austin podium; the trio are four points in arrears of championship leader and Kallio’s teammate Scott Redding, who finished fifth in Texas.

Moto2, 2013, RED BULL GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS, Mika Kallio, Marc VDS Racing Team

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