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Kallio wants more practice time.

Mika Kallio has hit out at the reduction in practice track time introduced for the 2009 MotoGP season, which he believes is punishing rookies unfairly.

First free practice has been removed from the grand prix timetable to reduce running costs, but Kallio - who was 13th fastest for Pramac Ducati at Assen on Thursday - thinks it leaves those new to the class at a distinct disadvantage.

"It's not fair this way,” said the Finn. “In the first day at every race we start too far behind compared to the riders that have already ridden in MotoGP on the track the year before.

“If we would have two hours [of practice on the first day] like last season, things would be different, but we must take it the way it is. It seems simple but it's not easy to find the best lines to follow at each track.

“I don't want to be polemical but I want to make it clear: our potential, as we demonstrated in other occasions, is much better than 13th place.

“Anyway compared to other first days of free practice things have gotten better and this gives us a lot of hope.

"In addition I missed the possibility of another lap for a couple of seconds otherwise I am convinced that we could have already improved our best lap time,” he added.

Tagged as: Ducati , Assen , Mika Kallio

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June 25, 2009 6:56 PM
Last Edited 2920 days ago

I think he is spot on. I've said from the start that the change to a shorter time on friday put rookies and riders who change teams/bikes at a bigger disadvantage. If you are unfamiliar with the circuit and/or bike than it's very difficult to compete with guys like Rossi and Stoner who have been on the same bike with the same team for a couple of years.

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June 25, 2009 7:20 PM

Different strokes for different folks. Some need more time to adjust things, some just gung ho for it. With todays highly technological bikes I think you need more time to tune things properly. I agree with Mika. Also I think that sparing money in riding time is strange.

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