World Championship leader Mika Kallio reveals the secrets behind his success in this year’s 250 cc campaign: A small and efficient crew of engineers, new developments for his KTM FRR 250 - and cold blood in the heat of the battle.
You have a comfortable lead in the championship. Are Mika Kallio and KTM the best combination in this year’s 250 cc championship?
Obviously, it looks like that at the moment. But it’s difficult to say exactly why we are leading so clearly. (...) > Full story
Red Bull KTM factory riders and Julian Simon from the Repsol KTM all reported positive results at the just completed second season 250cc tests held over three days in Valencia Spain.
Mika Kallio, second fastest on day three came out on top of the overall timesheet for the tests with a lap time of 1:35.2 on day one. "Everything went very well, we improved the suspension. We didn’t have to make big changes and we could confirm that the bike is working well. I was able to put in good lap (...) > Full story
Mika Kallio, who recently wrapped up the 125cc World Championship in second place on his KTM machine, has been named Motor Sports Personality of the Year in his home country of Finland. The voting is organized by YLE 2 TV and the annual motor sports book “Ruutulippu".
Kallio received 33.1% of the votes, defeating Enduro world champion Samuli Aro, rally driver Marcus Grönholm and Formula One driver Kimi Räikkönen.
”This is a great result for me personally but naturally also good for our (...) > Full story
Mika Kallio took second place in the Valencia Grand Prix in the 125cc class before a dream backdrop of almost 130,000 motor sports enthusiasts. He wound up his season with an 11th podium place for 2006. Next season he will join Hiroshi Aoyama to ride two KTM machines in the 250cc class.
Red Bull KTM GP 125 rider Julian Simon crashed in the sixth lap while he was in eighth place. The just 19-year old Spanish rider had severe pain in his leg after the crash. He had fractured his right thigh (...) > Full story
Mika Kallio goes into the final race of the season from fifth on the gird
KTM riders Mika Kallio (23/Finland), Julian Simon(19/Spain), Randy Krummenacher (16/Switzerland), Michael Ranseder (20/Austria) and Blake Leigh-Smith (16/Australia) will start Sunday’s 24 lap race in Valencia at grid positions five, eight, 10, 28 and 42 respectively.
As it did last year, the season’s racing activities conclude in Valencia where thousands of enthusiastic fans create a unique backdrop for (...) > Full story