Interview: Mika Kallio On The Moto2 Title, Lighter Riders, And Dani Pedrosa

Mika Kallio is quietly intense, focused, and often overlooked in Moto2. The Finn is in his fourth season with the Marc VDS Racing team, where he once again forms a serious challenge in the Moto2 championship with his teammate. Last year, it was with Scott Redding, this year, teammate Tito Rabat is the main obstacle between Kallio and the Moto2 title. 

MotoMatters.com friend and contributor Mick Fialkowski caught up with Mika Kallio at Barcelona, and spoke to him about a range of subjects. Kallio talked about his approach to trying to win a Moto2 title and how the Kalex Moto2 machine has changed over the years. Kallio also talked about the problems the combined rider weight rules cause for lighter riders, and how he sees the comparison with Dani Pedrosa. 


Mick Fialkowski: It's been a pretty solid start to the season. You must be pretty pleased?

Mika Kallio: Yes, of course it's not bad. I'm second in the Championship which is a quite good position. I'm happy with how the season had gone so far. Just maybe the last weekend at Mugello wasn't the best, not perfect as I was struggling a little bit to find the feeling with the track. but the other races were good. I won the two previous ones at Jerez and Le Mans, so everything is good. We're ready to fight for the championship.

MF: So how much are your focusing on the title and now much is it race by race?

MK: Before the season my goal was to win the title, absolutely. Now we're second in the championship so we're going in the right direction, but we need to go into it race by race and don't think too much about the standings. There's a lot of races left, so you need to go step by step and try to repeat the same good feeling with the bike. If you start to think too much about the championship, it's not good for your head. It's better to keep the pressure as little as possible and focus on the right things.

MF: You're one of the most consistent riders in Moto2. What's the key to that?

MK: For some reason each year in Moto2 we can see the same story; one rider can be really fast and win a race and then in the next race he's nowhere. It has something to do with these bikes. They're so sensitive to find the right settings, that if you miss the feeling a little bit, like I did at Mugello, immediately do drop a bit. It's complicated to keep the same level every week, also because of the rules, because all the bikes are so close. That's the main reason. If you don't have the confidence you drop a lot. However me and Tito are the most consistent ones and I think that in the long term, to win the championship, that's the main key. You need to win the race and be on the podium of course but it's also very important that when a bad day is coming – and it will come anyway in such a long season – then you need to still be somewhere and score points. Consistency is the key.

Tech 3 Press Release: Communicating With The Media And The Public

In the fourth part of the Tech 3 team's Insight series, the focus shifts away from the garage and behind the scenes. As sponsorship is vital to the continued existence of a team, communication plays a key role. The communications team ensures that riders speak to the media and meet the fans and sponsors, ensure that the media get the information that they need to write about the team, and fans can follow the exploits of the team through the website and social media. Below is the Tech 3 press release explaining just how the communications part works:


Insight part 4: The communications team

In the current age of MotoGP the Monster Yamaha Tech3 team does not just have to be fast on track, but also the communications side needs to run seamlessly and proficiently. To organise and coordinate this there is another ‘team’ than the one seen in the garage. This other squad is the communications team whose roles will be examined in this ‘Insight’ to illustrate the relentless efforts of the four members to guarantee success on the track.

Before a suitcase has even been packed for any member of the Tech3 team, the rider’s schedules need to be coordinated. This schedule certifies that the riders have a plan of action with regards to global media requests, events for sponsors, signing sessions with fans as well as structuring their busy weeks. Milena Koerner is the Tech3 team’s communication & press coordinator who efficiently handles this highly significant role and is present at every Grand Prix on the calendar. Cardinal tasks include coordinating all guest and sponsor accreditation to the event, organising sponsor requests such as rider appearances as well as supervising all press or media enquires. The communication & press coordinator also crucially oversees all activities for the guests at the events, pit tours and the pre event guest documentation to guarantee satisfaction for the guests.

Year: 
2014

2014 World Superbike Championship Standings After Round 7, Misano, Italy

Championship standings for round 7, 2014

2014 World Supersport Championship Standings After Round 7, Misano, Italy

Championship standings for round 7, 2014

2014 Misano World Superbike Sunday Roundup: Favourites Rise At The Halfway Mark

World Superbike at Misano, the seventh round of thirteen, offered a chance for Ducati to finally get a win on the Panigale, and a fairy tale result in Italy would round out the excellent work they did in qualifying.

2014 Misano World Superbike And World Supersport Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the series organizer and the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after Sunday's races at Misano:

Round Number: 
7
Year: 
2014

2014 Misano World Superbike Race Two Results: The Heat Is On

The track heated up for the second race and so did the racing.

2014 Misano World Supersport Race Results: Cool Runnings

Nineteen laps of World Supersport racing under a cooler 26º sun.

2014 Misano World Superbike Race One Results: Punishing Pace

The World Superbike race was held over 21 laps.

2014 Misano World Superbike Saturday Roundup: Farewell To Yakhnich

Misano, or Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli to give it its full name, was missed off last year's calendar, but its inclusion in the 2024 season was a welcome one. The first four qualifying sessions in World Superbike were led by an Italian on an Italian bike, with Davide Giugliano and Marco Melandri sharing the spoils, giving local fans plenty to cheer about.

2014 Misano World Superbike And World Supersport Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after qualifying at Misano:

Round Number: 
7
Year: 
2014

2014 Misano World Supersport Qualifying Results

Qualifying was, like the Superbikes, done under a 30º sun. 

2014 Misano World Superbike Superpole Results: Two Clean Sessions

Superpole one, with the top two winning a place in the second superpole session, started in 30º weather.

2014 Misano World Superbike FP4 Results: Melandri Continues Italian Dominance

Marco Melandri took the quickest time from Loris Baz, making this the fourth session with an Italian rider on an Italian bike going quickest. Sylvain Guintoli and Tom Sykes were quicker than Davide Giugliano in this untimed session.

Results:

2014 Misano World Supersport FP3 Results: De Rosa Quickest

Raffaele De Rosa and Kenan Sofuoglu traded places at the top spot all morning, but as the session wound down De Rosa claimed the best time ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu and Film Wilairot. Michael van der Mark took fourth place on the third Honda in the top four.

Results:

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