MotoGP rookie Mika Kallio
was once again in contention for a top six MotoGP finish, during Sunday's British Grand Prix, and once again it slipped away from him.
The Finn was just a few corners from claiming the position at round seven in Assen, when he fell at high-speed and badly damaged his left ring finger, but the chance of a Donington sixth was extracted from him far less spectacularly.
Kallio held sixth on lap 20 and 21, before slipping to seventh on lap 23 - when he became one of four riders to pit for a wet weather bike, a decision prompted by the increasing rain.
But no sooner had the Finn made the change than the track conditions began to improve again, robbing him of a chance to regain the time lost in the pits. Kallio crossed the finish line in tenth place.
"I am not very happy because we expected a lot more from this race. With the dry track we were fighting for sixth position but when it started to rain I thought it would have been better to change bike,” he confirmed.
“After only a couple of laps rain has basically stopped and I couldn't improve on my prior lap times on slick tyres. In these conditions is never easy to make the right decision, also because you don't have much time to think about it.”
Having missed Laguna Seca due to his finger injury, then ridden through the discomfort at Sachsenring and Donington, Kallio will take advantage of the summer break to undergo surgery on the wound.
“On Tuesday I will have surgery to close the cut on my injured finger and, after a few days of vacation, I will be back at the top for Brno race,” he declared.
Kallio's best MotoGP finish remains his two eighths places in the opening rounds of the season.