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MotoGP: Mika Kallio confirms KTM wild-card

Mika Kallio confirms Valencia wild-card entry for KTM as RC16 laps two-seconds from the top at start of Austrian test.
Mika Kallio has confirmed that he will give the new KTM MotoGP machine its race debut as a wild-card in the Valencia season finale.

It has long been known that KTM would take part in the Valencia round, just as Suzuki did prior to its 2015 return, with paddock sources naming Kallio as the rider during the German Grand Prix weekend.

The Finn confirmed the deal after testing alongside current MotoGP riders in Austria on Tuesday, when he was 16th quickest and 2.292s from the top.

“I think everyone can be really satisfied that we're here with the others. In the end I think the lap times were on a good level," Kallio told MotoGP.com.

"Around two seconds behind the fastest guys, at the moment it's quite good. We still have time to work before we come to the Valencia race."

Thomas Luthi was 18th and last on the other RC16, but still within 2.7s of Andrea Dovizioso and 1.6s from the top non-Ducati rider, Suzuki's Maverick Vinales.

Kallio - a former 125, 250, MotoGP and Moto2 racer - stepped back from competition to become KTM's official test rider ahead of its entry in the 2017 world championship, when Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro will race the orange machines.


Tagged as: Kallio , KTM

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spaishon28

July 19, 2016 10:06 PM

Seems like everyone is writing KTM off. With red bull and their race culture (win at everything lol) I think KTM will hit the ground running. I'm not saying they will win or even score a podim in their first season, but the bike won't be a pig. They will certainly have the funds to build a competitive machine



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