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Kallio remains key threat to Rabat as championship enters final third

Kallio remains key threat to Rabat as championship enters final third

With six races of the 2014 Moto2™ World Championship to come the main threat to championship leader Tito Rabat at the head of the standings is his teammate Mika Kallio.

Round 12 at Silverstone saw an intriguing battle between the Marc VDS Racing Team pair which went right down to the wire, with Rabat getting the better of his Finnish colleague by just +0.063s on the finish line, to take his sixth win of 2014 and extend his overall advantage to 17 points as the riders head to Misano.

Last year at the Italian track Rabat finished on the podium in third place, with Kallio down in ninth position. However, Kallio is having a much better season this year, with eight podiums already in 2014 compared to just four last year.

Indeed Kallio has been on the rostrum at the last five races and has the form to maintain the pressure on his talented colleague Rabat over the remainder of the season.

Behind that dominating front-running pair in the Silverstone race and in the championship standings, rookie Maverick Viñales (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) continues to impress in third place - and at Misano he will be looking to add to his five Moto2™ podiums.

Dominique Aegerter (Technomag carXpert) clipped the back of Viñales’ bike in the Silverstone race and the usually consistent Swiss rider finished the British Grand Prix contest in the unfamiliar territory of 21st place. He will aim to bounce back with a return to the podium at the Gran Premio TIM di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini.

Unfortunately for NGM Forward Racing’s Simone Corsi he will miss the race in front of the Italian fans, having required an operation to repair an open fracture of the left ulna and damaged wrist tendons after crashing at Silverstone. Corsi will be temporarily replaced by 21 year-old Frenchman Florian Marino in the Forward team for round 13.

Meanwhile, Federico Caricasulo will cover for the injured Tetsuta Nagashima in the Teluru Team JiR Webike team, with the Japanese rider having sustained a broken right tibia and fibula, a dislocated right shoulder and a fracture in his right hip bone in FP3 a the British Grand Prix.

Elsewhere, in the category Nicolas Terol (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2) will return to action at Misano, having missed the visit to England due to a muscle fatigue issue.

Another familiar face will return to the intermediate class for the final six rounds of the year, as AirAsia Caterham Moto Racing has announced that Ratthapark Wilairot will join the team at Misano. Wilairot will replace Josh Herrin on the Caterham Suter for the remainder of the 2014 season.

Moto2, 2014

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