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Kallio prefers aluminum swingarm.

Having used the carbon-fibre Ducati swingarm for most of the season, Mika Kallio found an instant improvement with the latest aluminum version on day two of the Valencia MotoGP test.

"We have tried the aluminium swingarm and compared to yesterday we have improved by six tenths of a second. Not too bad I would say,” said the Pramac Ducati rider. “In addition to the swingarm we tried other small changes that lead me to feel more comfortable riding the bike. I hope that tomorrow morning I can improve more to end my first year in MotoGP positively."

"Mika wanted to try many different technical solutions, including the aluminium swingarm, which gave positive feedback. It seems that Mika is better with this set-up and we will continue to work towards this tomorrow morning,” confirmed technical director Fabiano Sterlacchini.

Kallio set the eighth fastest lap time of the 16 MotoGP riders present, with new team-mate Aleix Espargaro just a few tenths slower in eleventh place.

“Aleix is very close to Mika's lap time and this shows that despite his young age he will be competitive in his first [full] year in the MotoGP World Championship,” declared Sterlacchini.

"I do not know why but despite the good time recorded today I feel I can do better,” said Espargaro, who claimed a best finish of eleventh during four 2009 MotoGP appearances fro Pramac. “I must be patient because I still have a lot to learn in this category.”

The Pramac riders will get their first taste of the 2010 Ducati in February's test at Sepang.



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Dean Dean - Unregistered

November 11, 2009 5:55 AM

I am confused as to how Kallio can have used the carbon fibre swingarm for 'most of the season' when the SAT9 had to have it retrofitted much after the midway point of season...it was not just a case of bolting on an item that would fit factory and therefore the SAT bikes, indeed Preziosi said there was 'a fair bit of attention' needed to get the carbon item to fit. Also, Stoners bike had the aluminium swingarm fitted when Mika inherited it for his rides...Stoner used both swingarms but the carbon only after he returned, did he not ??



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