Moto 2: Kallio excels at Malaysian practice

 24 Oct 2015 - 0:00

Moto 2: Kallio excels at Malaysian practice
QMMF Racing Team rider Mika Kallio after the first practice for Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang, Malaysia yesterday.

Doha: QMMF Racing Team rider Mika Kallio started the Malaysian Grand Prix with a bang, pushing his Speed Up bike to fourth position in the first free practice session yesterday.
 According to details reaching here from Sepang, Malaysia, Kallio, in the afternoon dropped back to eleventh place and ninth in the combined standings. 
Forced to save on the allocation of the harder tyre compound that works best at Sepang, he ran the second session on used tyres and will only attack again when it counts in qualifying today. 
Julian Simon was a strong tenth in the morning session and came to the same conclusion with his tyre choice as his Finnish team-mate.  
With a return to a standard chassis and a standard bike set-up for comparison tests with recent development parts, he dropped back to 15th place in the afternoon.
“The feeling with the bike on this track is not bad. This morning I was in the top ten, this afternoon a little further back, but all in all, we are not far away,” said Simon after the second practice. 
Simon hoped to improve in the qualifying stage.
“Tomorrow I will try to go faster, but the crucial factor here in Malaysia is tyre wear.”
Kallio was happy with his show in the first practice session.
“The morning session was especially positive for us. I am satisfied with the first exit, because we immediately got a good lap time, in only the third lap. It doesn’t take me a long time to get the rhythm, which is good,” he said.
 “After that, we tried both tyre options. We started with the hard compound and in the end, we saw that the soft one doesn’t work for us. We struggled to get grip out of it, even on the first laps,” he added.
“This was an important part of our work because it became obvious that we need to save as many hard tyres as we can for tomorrow and for Sunday. This is why we ran the afternoon session on used tyres, which was not good for us as far as lap times go.”
He added: “We only have four hard tyres in total and the sitation is not easy for us because we would also like to test some new parts, and if you don’t have the correct tyres on the bike you are going in circles. But I believe our base with correct tyres is not bad at all.”