Top ten for Kallio in difficult Brno race
Mika Kallio overcame technical problems mid race to take ninth place in today's Czech Republic Moto2 Grand Prix at Brno. Scott Redding crashed out of the race uninjured at turn two on the opening lap while battling for the lead.
Redding, starting from the front row of the grid, lost places from the start, but had forced his way through to fourth as he looked to make up more places on the entry to turn two when he lost the front of his Kalex Moto2 machine and crashed out of the race. The 19-year-old Briton was bitterly disappointed, after running at the front all weekend, but is determined to make amends next time out at Misano.
Kallio got a good start, moving his way up from 12th on the grid to ninth position by the end of the first lap. The 29-year-old Finn made up further places as the race progressed, eventually becoming embroiled in the battle for fifth place at the halfway stage.
The Marc VDS rider got the better of his rivals to take fifth with just seven laps to go, but was forced to relinquish the position when front-end chatter problems meant he wasn't able to maintain his lap times. Kallio continued to push, but the problem meant he was unable to hold off the challenge of the riders behind him and eventually had to settle for ninth position at the chequered flag.
The Marc VDS Racing Team will complete a one-day test at the Vallelunga circuit in Italy, before heading to Misano for round 12 of the Moto2 World Championship in three weeks time.
Livio Loi, the Marc VDS backed Rookie Cup rider, took an emphatic win in round 12 of the series today at Brno. Loi had a lead of more than four seconds at the front of the field when a crash in the final three laps caused the race to be stopped and the 15-year-old became the first Belgian to stand on the top step of the podium in this prestigious series.
Mika Kallio #36: 9th Position
“I got a good start, and the first few laps I was able to make up quite a few places. I was lucky not to crash on lap four when Aegerter missed a gear and I ran into his swinging arm, but that was the only issue early in the race. I was pushing hard, but by the time I got past Terol the front group were already gone. I had a big battle to push my way up to fifth but, just after the halfway point, I started to have the same chatter problem that we've had so many times this season. It got worse every lap and I couldn't carry the speed into and through the corners, which meant I couldn't hold off the other riders in our group. It's frustrating, because we don't seem to be able to identify the cause of the chatter. I just hope we can figure it out at the Vallelunga test, before the next race in Misano.”
Scott Redding #45: DNF
“I'm gutted. I've been fast all weekend, in the wet and dry, and I know I was on for a podium today. The bike hooked up a bit quick off the line and I had to back off to bring the front wheel down, which lost me a few places, but I squeezed back through at turn one. I saw Corsi in front of me and didn't want to get held up while the front group got away, so I was looking to put in a pass at turn two when the front just tucked with no warning. I held it up on my knee almost to the gravel trap, but it just wouldn't come back and down I went. I was no faster into that turn than I've been all weekend, so I don't really know why the front tucked this time. Like I said, I'm gutted, but I'll be back on it at Misano. In the meantime, congratulations to Livio Loi on his first Rookies race win today. After his second place yesterday it was only a matter of time before he stood on the top step of the podium.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“What a weekend. After both riders were so fast in free practice and qualifying, it's disappointing to be leaving Brno with just a ninth place finish to show for all the hard work. Scott didn't get the best of starts from the front row, but squeezed his way through in turn one before losing the front and crashing out at turn two. He had a good chance of being on the podium this weekend, so to crash so early in the race is a big disappointment, both for him and the team. Mika looked on for a top five finish today but then, once again, he encountered the chatter problem that has plagued him all season. This is something we need to fix before Misano, as it's costing us results. So, a disappointing end to what had been a promising weekend for the team, but I'm confident that both Scott and Mika can bounce back next time out in Misano. On a more positive note, our Rookie Cup rider, Livio Loi, backed up his second place yesterday with his first win in the series today. It's been a long time since we've heard the Belgian National Anthem played for a race winner in the Grand Prix paddock, but I'm confident that we'll be hearing it a lot more in the future thanks to Livio!”