Fresh from Moto2 victory at Jerez, Mika Kallio and the Marc VDS team held a private test at Almeria - where the Finn made his Moto3 debut!
Kallio, a seven time winner in the previous 125cc class, where he was twice a title runner-up, got the chance to ride team-mate Livio Loi's KTM to try and find a better set-up for the young Belgian.
“The two-days at Almeria provided an ideal opportunity for us to try seven or eight different things with the set up, and the results were quite positive. I also got to test Livio's Moto3 bike, just to offer some feedback on his set up.
“I only did seven laps, and it's almost 10 years since I rode a small bike, but I quite enjoyed it. Hopefully, I'll get a chance to test it again later in the season.
“Now we head to Le Mans, which isn't one of my favourite tracks as it's a bit stop start, but it's a circuit that I've gone well on in the past. Hopefully the work we did in Almeria will pay dividends next weekend in France.”
Team-mate Tito Rabat leads Kallio by 16 points at the top of the2014 Moto2 standings heading to round five at Le Mans. Rabat, spends a lot of time turning laps at the circuit between Moto2 races, said:
“To come to Almeria, my favourite circuit, with the team was like a dream for me. I really enjoyed the two days, as it was a chance to get to know everyone in the team even better, without the pressures of a race weekend. Also I got to spend some time with Marc van der Straten, our team owner.
“I know the Almeria circuit very well, so it was a great opportunity to see where we can improve with the bike and we are well prepared for Le Mans next week. We still have work to do, but the aim in France will remain the same; to win.”