Kallio gives Marc VDS Racing fourth win of 2014

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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Mika Kallio strengthened his Moto2™ World Championship challenge with victory at Le Mans, handing the Marc VDS Racing Team a fourth win in five races to continue a dominant 2014 campaign.

Kallio took the lead from Simone Corsi on lap 19 and rode a faultless final phase of the race to take a second successive win by just over a second.

It was a double celebration for the Marc VDS Racing squad, with standings leader Tito Rabat securing his fourth podium of the season - winning the battle for third against Maverick Viñales and Luis Salom.

A second double podium of 2014 for the team sees Rabat and Kallio split by just seven points in the Championship chase heading to the next round at Mugello.

Rabat has amassed 99 points already, with Kallio on 92 and their nearest rival Viñales is 30 points behind the Finn - meaning Marc VDS Racing have a great chance of seeing one of their riders crowned Moto2™ World Champion this year, having missed out last season with Scott Redding’s title bid faltering in the final races.

Team Principal Michael Bartholemy commented, “That was another phenomenal ride from Mika. The way he managed the gap to Corsi in the final laps was very impressive, and it feels fantastic to take our fourth win of the season. Tito’s podium could be very important in the final reckoning, but to see both our riders on the rostrum for the second time this season makes me incredibly proud to be part of this project.”

Kallio stated, “I am so happy to win this race because the start of the weekend wasn’t easy. We used the same setting we used to win the race at Jerez, but the bike didn’t work on this track. I couldn’t stop the bike on the brakes, but from Friday we made the bike better and better and it felt great in the race. I pushed at the start but couldn’t open a gap like in Jerez.”

“I decided to cool down when Corsi passed me and waited for the right time to attack. I pushed very hard in the final laps and when I saw I had a one second gap I knew I could manage it, even though it is never easy to win in Moto2. It is a great win for me but also for my crew, who were brilliant all weekend.”

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