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KTM: Pol Espargaro wants to use Mika Kallio

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 | Sports

15. August 2017 – 13:57

Is Mika Kallio KTM going to race again in the 2018 season?

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(Motorbike-Total.com) – Test driver Mika Kallio put a top 10 result in the KTM home game at the Red Bull Ring with a strong performance. Pol Espargaro was torn out of the race by a technical problem. Team colleague Bradley Smith drove off disappointed and went empty. Kallio has shown that he is still fast enough to compete in the MotoGP against the younger talents. Among other things, last year's winner Andrea Iannone, ex-Moto2 world champion Scott Redding, Aprilia driver Aleix Espargaro and MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow were behind him. Kallio would like to race again next season. Is there an end to the cooperation with KTM? "This is certainly a big loss, I hope Mika will stay with us, as a team colleague or testpilot," commented KTM-Stammpilot Espargaro. "Mika is a fast-paced rider who has shown that he has the necessary pace, he is extremely fast on the tests and the race weekends too." "I can understand him from the driver's point of view, he wants to go for a race," Espargaro says , Who is convinced of the qualifications of the fast Finn: "Mika is very fine, we have been able to improve the bike considerably since the start of the season, and some of it is due to him." Kallio celebrates his 35th birthday in November. Is not he too old for a MotoGP comeback? "I see no problem with age," explains Kallio. "In this paddock, however, we are always looking for young drivers who are looking for 20-year-olds, but it is often forgotten that these drivers lack the experience, I think I have this experience and that is why I am confident that I have good performances If I get the chance. In Germany I could see that I was fast enough despite a long break. "

Pol Espargaro on KTM progress: "Part of this is due to Kallio"

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"The age is just a number, I feel like I can drive for many years," the 16-time Grand Prix winner makes clear, which is shared with other teams. "There are not many places at the moment, but there is still the chance, but I also like to see what KTM has in mind for the future," Kallio says Season of the concessions, but especially the place of Smith wobbles. In the past races, the Briton was regularly in the shadow of team-mate Espargaro. In Germany, Smith had to fight to get ahead of Kallio. In the KTM home race he was hopeless and came 17 seconds behind the Finn. Espargaro is very interested in Kallio staying with KTM. If he is asked by the responsible persons in his opinion, then he will make himself strong for the Finn.

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