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Mika Kallio & KTM: A farewell Between Friends

Mika Kallio & KTM: A farewell Between Friends

24 October 2008, 00:00
After six years of successful partnership that yielded 12 race victories and 33 podium finishes, KTM rider Mika Kallio and his team will say good-bye at the end of this racing season. But even though the 25-year-old Finn is joining another manufacturer as he moves to the MotoGP class, it is a farewell between good friends. "Mika has been under our wings from the beginnings of his Grand Prix career. We've moved up through the ranks as a team and celebrated our first victories together. We fought for the world titles in both the 125 cc and 250 cc class and it was a great and exciting time," says KTM CEO Stefan Pierer. "Mika is an outstanding talent in this sport and we always said that we would support him all the way, not only with our bikes but also once he found a good opportunity to move to the MotoGP category. The time has now come. It will be exciting to watch him racing in the future and we all wish him the best of luck."
KTM Street Racing Newsletter, Sepang - 125cc & 250cc

KTM Street Racing Newsletter, Sepang - 125cc & 250cc

8 hi-def photos  20 October 2008, 23:38
Red Bull KTM rider Hiroshi Aoyama beat tropical heat with air temperatures up to 41 degrees and rising water temperatures on his KTM 250 FRR and battled his way to second place in Sunday's 250 cc Malaysian Grand Prix. - Japanese rider Tomoyoshi Koyama returned to ride for the Red Bull KTM factory team on Sunday at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia and was the fastest KTM in the 125 cc class, finishing in the points at eleventh place despite an overheating engine.
Red Bull KTM Hero Hiroshi Storms to Pole Position

Red Bull KTM Hero Hiroshi Storms to Pole Position

7 hi-def photos  18 October 2008, 19:57
Red Bull KTM's hero Hiroshi Aoyama dominated Saturday's 250 cc qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix and stormed to his first pole position of the year. Aoyama's top performance underlined how comfortable he is here in Malaysia where he won last year's 250 cc race on the fast and challenging Sepang track.
KTM Factory Road Racing to Focus on 125 Class in 2009

KTM Factory Road Racing to Focus on 125 Class in 2009

16 October 2008, 18:41
KTM reopens activities in the 125cc Grand Prix factory team for 2009. Official withdrawal from the 250 cc World Championship. KTM is focusing its efforts on the 125 cc Grand Prix class for the future of the road racing world championship. The Red Bull KTM Team, under the technical leadership of constructor Harald Bartol, will be a newly formed factory squad. Next to the Spanish youngster Marc Marquez, American Cameron Beaubier, the successful protégé of the KTM MotoGP Academy, will be officially appointed to compete for the Mattighofen (Austria) factory. A further developed version of the 125 FRR will be deployed as a replacement motorcycle.
KTM 250 riders & 125 cc training on Phillip Island

KTM 250 riders & 125 cc training on Phillip Island

6 hi-def photos  04 October 2008, 16:06
All three KTM 250 riders qualified in top positions for Sunday's Australian Grand Prix, with Red Bull KTM's Mika Kallio in second, team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama in fourth and Spanish Repsol KTM 250 rider Julian Simon in sixth place. Italian Raffaele de Rosa was fastest of KTM's seven rider 125 cc line-up, pushing his Onde 2000 KTM to seventh position on the grid ahead of the GP of Australia on the Phillip Island circuit.
Julian Simon Celebrates 4th and Seasons Best in Japan 250 GP

Julian Simon Celebrates 4th and Season's Best in Japan 250 GP

9 hi-def photos  29 September 2008, 17:02
Repsol KTM 250 rider Julian Simon battled his way to fourth place in Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix on the Motegi circuit and celebrated his best result so far aboard his KTM FRR 250. But while Simon enjoyed an almost flawless and trouble-free weekend, Red Bull KTM riders Hiroshi Aoyama and Mika Kallio had their hopes of a podium double dashed on the circuit where both of them have won in the past. Both ran into unexpected problems during the race.
Disappointing Day for KTM 125 cc line-up at Czech GP

Disappointing Day for KTM 125 cc line-up at Czech GP

12 hi-def photos  19 August 2008, 22:35
The 125 cc Czech Grand Prix on the Brno racing circuit proved to be a disappointing day for the KTM line-up with Spanish Repsol KTM rider Esteve Rabat the only one finishing in the championship points. Rabat finished in thirteenth place while Onde 2000 KTM rider Pablo Nieto was second fastest in sixteenth place. His team-mate Raffaele de Rosa, who was the fastest on Saturday in the rain, went out in the first round. De Rosa's bike had an engine seizure and he had a high speed crash in sixth gear. The Neapolitan was lucky to come away unscathed and uninjured.
Kallio Fifth in Brno but Still in Title Hunt for 250cc

Kallio Fifth in Brno but Still in Title Hunt for 250cc

8 hi-def photos  19 August 2008, 22:21
Red Bull KTM 250 star Mika Kallio finished fifth in Sunday's Czech Grand Prix but remains in the title hunt after his rival and world championship leader Marco Simoncelli finished third. Kallio now trails the Italian by 16 points with six more races to go to complete the season. Simoncelli dropped back from first to third in the final corners of the race to cut back his points tally for the race on the traditional Brno circuit.
Rabat, Marquez & Nieto All Score Points at Sachsenring

Rabat, Marquez & Nieto All Score Points at Sachsenring

11 hi-def photos  14 July 2008, 14:45
Three KTM riders performed well to finish in the championship points in the 125 ccm class on the Sachsenring on Sunday in the Grand Prix of Germany. Esteve Rabat of the Repsol KTM 125 team finished in ninth place while Spanish GP rookie Marc Marquez made a great charge from the back of the field and stormed from place 19 to place 10. Onde 2000 KTM rider Pablo Nieto also secured one point for his fifteenth place finish. Red Bull KTM rider Randy Krummenacher was unlucky and had to retire due to technical problems. ISPA KTM Aran rider Tomoyoshi Koyama crashed during a battle with Marquez.
Kallio Rescues Fourth Place in German GP

Kallio Rescues Fourth Place in German GP

9 hi-def photos  14 July 2008, 14:32
Red Bull KTM 250 star Mika Kallio fought against wet conditions in the German Grand Prix to finish in fourth place while Julian Simon of the Repsol KTM 250 team put in his best race result since joining the KTM line-up on the grid. Kallio, the 25-year-old Finn held onto second place for 12 laps but was forced to let some of the opposition overtake when heavy rain started to fall. Instead he adjusted his calculating style of riding to suit the prevailing difficult conditions and still achieved the best possible result. Kallio, who had held the lead in the world championship standings, is now in second place, eleven points behind Sunday's winner Marco Simoncelli.
Esteve Rabat Leads in Rain-Soaked 125 cc Race at Assen

Esteve Rabat Leads in Rain-Soaked 125 cc Race at Assen

9 hi-def photos  30 June 2008, 22:04
The 125cc Grand Prix at Assen on Saturday was eventful and plagued with changing weather that red flagged the race, punctuated with crashes after just nine laps. Five laps were raced in part two for the final result. KTM rider Esteve Rabat held onto the lead in the second part of the race and looked set for a top finish when he ran wide in the final stages and had to settle for sixth. Repsol KTM rookie Marc Marquez was also a victim of the weather. He crashed in the final stages of the first laps after having battled his way to fifth position. He was unable to get back to the pits with his bike in time for the restart and missed out on the second heat altogether. Red Bull KTM rider Randy Krummenacher also crashed in the first part of the race, but continued with a lonely ride at the end of the field. His efforts were rewarded after the re-start, when the Swiss teenager managed to score nineteenth position.
Tyre Problem Slows Mika Kallio at Dutch 250cc GP

Tyre Problem Slows Mika Kallio at Dutch 250cc GP

17 hi-def photos  30 June 2008, 21:43
Mika Kallio rode a courageous 250 cc GP at Assen on Saturday coming from behind to third place before all hopes of a podium faded when he experienced tyre troubles. In what has been a difficult weekend for the Finnish championship leader he made a dramatic recovery from the difficulties in setting up his Red Bull KTM 250 for the fast and challenging Assen circuit. He stormed to the front group of riders, holding fifth, fourth and even third place on the opening laps. But the tyre trouble intervened. He slipped back to finish in seventh place, which left him holding onto his world championship lead by one single point. Team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama, who had been even further back on the grid in thirteenth position, also worked his way up through the ranks to eventually finish in sixth place ahead of Kallio. Repsol KTM rider Julian Simon rode to a lonely tenth place.
Raffaele de Rosa Seventh in Assen GP125

Raffaele de Rosa Seventh in Assen GP125

6 hi-def photos  28 June 2008, 03:42
KTM's riders in the 125 cc category launched the weekend's GP racing at Assen, Netherlands confidently in qualifying ahead of Saturday's race at the Dutch circuit. Raffaele de Rosa (Onde 2000 KTM) clocked seventh fastest, Randy Krummenacher (Red Bull KTM) in eleventh and Esteve Rabat (Repsol KTM) in fifteenth place, positions that remained unchanged on the second day of practice due to adverse weather conditions. Rabat's 15-year-old team-mate Marc Marquez, who had made history one week ago as the youngest Spanish rider ever on a Grand Prix podium, was one of the very few riders in this class to improve on his previous best time in final practice, and now holds eighteenth place on the grid.
Kallio 11th & Still Chasing Best Set-Up Ahead of Assen

Kallio 11th & Still Chasing Best Set-Up Ahead of Assen

9 hi-def photos  28 June 2008, 03:20
Red Bull KTM 250 star and world championship leader Mika Kallio found himself in an unusual eleventh spot in qualifying for the Dutch TT and is still chasing the best set-up for Saturday's GP. The 25-year-old Finn, winner of the British Grand Prix one week ago, found the set-up requirements of the Assen circuit with its high grip level and its banked corners completely different to the English Donington Park raceway. Kallio kept comparing two chassis versions and numerous set-up solutions, but also lost valuable track-time due to the changing weather conditions. He will try further modifications in the warm-up practice session Saturday morning.
No Luck for de Rosa in 125cc Italian GP

No Luck for de Rosa in 125cc Italian GP

2 hi-def photos  04 June 2008, 13:46
Onde 2000 KTM 125 rider Raffaele de Rosa was hard to console after the 125 cc Grand Prix of Italy when he was unable to convert his first career pole position into a podium place and had to settle for thirteenth place. The 21-year-old from Naples experienced an unexpected lack of engine power in today's hot summer conditions and dropped back behind the front runners to finish in the middle of the field. Red Bull KTM 125 rider Randy Krummenacher secured 17th position and is now looking forward to the next race in Barcelona, where he had made his first ever podium finish one year ago.
Good Result for KTM Despite Problems

Good Result for KTM Despite Problems

04 June 2008, 12:46
Red Bull KTM star Mika Kallio rode to an incredible fourth place in Sunday's Italian Grand Prix overcoming a damaged clutch that made it very difficult to shift through the gears of his KTM FRR 250 machine. The 24-year-old Finn dropped back to the middle of the pack when the problem emerged going into the first turn of the famous Italian racing circuit of Mugello. It is a testament to his incredible skill and determination that he was able to recover and finish with a top position. The World Champion leader took 13 valuable points for his efforts and increased his lead in the point standings. He is now 18 points clear of second placed Mattia Pasini. Kallio's previous best performance on the Mugello circuit was in 2006 when he was sixth in the 125cc race.
De Rosa Storms to Pole Position

De Rosa Storms to Pole Position

6 hi-def photos  01 June 2008, 01:49
Onde 2000 KTM rider Raffaele de Rosa on Saturday stormed to his first ever pole position in Grand Prix racing on the beautiful and challenging Mugello circuit, traditional testing ground and territory of the Aprilia factory, Team. De Rosa succeeded in leaving reigning World Champion Gabor Talmacsi and Frenchman Mike di Meglio, winner of the Le Mans Grand Prix two weeks ago, in his wake. The 21-year-old from Naples was racing for a top qualifying spot for Sunday's GP in his home country and enjoying the benefit of a new chassis for his KTM FRR 125, which made all the difference on the fast and sweeping bends of the Tuscan track.
Front Row Start for KTMs Mik Kallio at Mugello

Front Row Start for KTM's Mik Kallio at Mugello

5 hi-def photos  01 June 2008, 01:37
Red Bull KTM 250 star Mika Kallio topped the time sheets for most of the final 250 cc session. But he narrowly missed the pole when three fast competitors overtook to leave him on the front row in fourth place for Sunday's 250 cc Grand Prix of Italy. Kallio's team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama crashed early on in the session and had to continue with his spare bike, but is nevertheless confident for the race after finishing in tenth position.
Double Victory for Mika Kallio & Hiroshi Aoyama

Double Victory for Mika Kallio & Hiroshi Aoyama

14 hi-def photos  04 May 2008, 22:33
Red Bull KTM 250 stars Mika Kallio and Hiroshi Aoyama mastered treacherous conditions in today's wet Grand Prix of China to score a fantastic double victory for KTM. It was the second one-two for the Austrian manufacturer in the 250 cc category after Aoyama won the German Grand Prix last year ahead of his team-mate. Pole-sitter Alvaro Bautista had established an early lead, but when the young Spaniard crashed out on the ninth lap of the race, Kallio had a clear track ahead and rode to a comfortable win despite increasing grip problems on the drying tarmac.
Front Row Start for Mika Kallio & Julian Simon

Front Row Start for Mika Kallio & Julian Simon

18 hi-def photos  04 May 2008, 01:54
In a thrilling final qualifying session for tomorrow's Chinese Grand Prix, Repsol KTM 250 rider Julian Simon moved up to fourth place, celebrating his first ever front row starting position with his new machine. The 21-year-old Spanish hero, who graduated as a top GP contender in the official KTM 125 team two years ago, and returned to the Austrian brand after gaining his first year of 250 cc experience in another team, will start alongside star in third position. The 25-year-old Finn, current world championship leader with one victory and three podium finishes in the opening three races of the season, established himself firmly within the top riders in China on the first day of practice, but missed out on an even better practice time when the slid off the track on his last run on softer tyres in today's final qualifying session.
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