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Kallio on the past, the future and fighting for the title

Kallio on the past, the future and fighting for the title

Experienced campaigner Mika Kallio is having a great season in Moto2™ this year, battling for the title with his teammate Tito Rabat.

Ahead of this weekend’s Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon, on home territory for his rival and colleague Rabat, Kallio spoke to about his current form, the title fight, his World Championship experience and his thoughts on the future.

Regarding his step forward in competitiveness this year, which has seen Kallio take three wins and nine podiums in 2014 – more than in his five previous seasons combined – he commented, “For some reason this season it is much better than the last three years in Moto2. We had really good winter tests and the motivation and everything was really high all the time.”

“I already said before the first race in Qatar that we could fight for the podium there and that the main goal was to win the Championship. Now we are fighting with Tito and I’m happy for the moment. On the bike side I believe that we improved a little bit since last year. Kalex brought a new chassis and this is helping me to have a better feeling on the front, which is always really important. With this new Kalex 2014 bike I really get good feelings so I can again go closer to the limits.”

On the positive ambience in the Marc VDS Racing Team box and the title battle between the two teammates, Kallio added, “In the team the atmosphere is really good, even if we are fighting against each other. Everyone on both sides of the garage is really friendly. I said it already at the beginning of the season that we are on the same level and when the teammates are on the same level they push each other to get better results. I believe that’s why Marc VDS is now the leader of the teams.”

On his experience from the 2005 125cc World Championship, when he just missed out on the title, the Finn stated, “Thinking nowadays about what happened ten years ago is even harder. Because we lost the title by five points, but it was my best season. I was second. So I thought that I would do it the next year, I would win the title the next year or another year. But in the end I couldn’t make it. It was the only chance in 125cc. So afterwards it’s an even worse feeling. But that’s life, and sport, and it can happen.”

Regarding his future in Grand Prix racing, Kallio added, “If I stay in Moto2 I would like to stay in Marc VDS because there’s no reason to change the team. But at the moment two riders have already signed a contract for next year. And I don’t know if they are able to run still one more bike, a third bike on the team. I don’t know at all. But at the same time I always say that I would like to go back to MotoGP so that’s why I’m still waiting to see if I can find something over there.”

“I believe that in MotoGP I can still make good results if I can just get the right bike, the right package and the right team behind me. I hope I still have the chance to show the potential that I have in MotoGP.”

Moto2, 2014, GRAN PREMIO MOVISTAR DE ARAGÓN, Mika Kallio, Marc VDS Racing Team

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