After a promising rookie year in MotoGP, Mika Kallio has struggled in 2010 on the Pramac Ducati. So mediocre has his form been the past six month, that Kallio has decided to call it quits early. According to reports in the Spanish media, Kallio will not be riding the last two races of the season for the Pramac Ducati squad, and his season will end after Sunday's race at Phillip Island.
Taking his place will be yet another Spaniard: After an outstanding year in the World Superbike championship aboard a Ducati 1198R, finishing 3rd behind Max Biaggi and Leon Haslam, and well ahead of the factory Xerox Ducatis of Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio, the 38-year-old veteran Carlos Checa is to replace Kallio at Estoril and Valencia. Checa last rode in MotoGP back in 2007, when he raced for the LCR Honda squad currently fielding Randy de Puniet, after which the Spaniard moved to World Superbikes.
The deal is not yet completed, however: Checa is expected to test the Ducati Desmosedici at Mugello later this week, something he asked for before making a final decision. If Checa feels he can get up to speed fast enough on the Pramac Ducati, he will go ahead and race in Portugal and Valencia. Checa is already contracted to race in World Superbikes with Althea Ducati again next season, and is not contemplating a return to MotoGP at any point in the future, especially given that he will be 40 by the time his contract with Althea expires, after the 2012 season.