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Deserved victory for pole man Kallio

Deserved victory for pole man Kallio

The Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix saw Marc VDS Racing Team’s Mika Kallio claim his second win of the season, holding his nerve when the race was restarted to maintain the lead from pole, which he had built up before the red flag.

The Finnish rider made a flying start to the original race and had a comfortable two second lead until the race was interrupted. A collision between Mattia Pasini (NGM Forward Racing), Randy Krummenacher (Octo IodaRacing Project), Azlan Shah (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia) and Anthony West (QMMF Racing Team) saw Pasini unconscious when medics arrived.

Kallio was able to replicate his race one form in the restart, quickly breaking clear of Dominique Aegerter (Technomag carXpert), Maverick Viñales (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) and teammate Tito Rabat. A close battle emerged between the riders behind Kallio, with Rabat running wide, allowing Aegerter to secure third on his new look bike.

A 1.38s margin was the gap from Kallio to rookie Viñales at the finish line, Kallio securing his second win of the season and Viñales continuing to impress in his rookie campaign. Seven points now separate Kallio from Rabat in the standings as they head to Brno, a track where the Finn won last year.

“Before the first start, I was thinking which is the way to do the race, you know, which kind of the plan we need to keep in the race. I did a good start, so I decided, OK, I would go immediately with everything I could. I managed to make some gap, and I saw that the guys were already, after the first and second lap, some seconds behind. So it would have been nice to see how it would have gone without the red flag, over the whole race distance,” said Kallio.

He added, “For the second race we decided to go with the same tyres. So we used the old tyres, mainly because we knew that maybe if we put the new tyres, the first laps could be a little bit more complicated. I managed to make the same start as in the first race. So I got the gap immediately, and then I could keep this for the whole race. It’s a good start to the races again after the summer break, like this, we got the 25 points, and we are back in the championship.”

Moto2, 2014, RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX, Mika Kallio, Tito Rabat, Marc VDS Racing Team

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