Kallio buoyed by Jerez performance
18 May 2010 – Confidence levels have been retained in the Pramac workshop after Mika Kallio successfully came home seventh in the Spanish Grand Prix The result followed a disastrous first race for the team in Qatar, where both bikes retired in the early stages.
With the night race at Losail having seen Kallio fall on the first lap and team-mate Aleix Espargaró then retire into the garage, the latter endured another trying time in Spain as his team-mate kept spirits up with his positive result.
"The result of Jerez has given me enormous confidence for this season," Kallio began ahead of this weekend's third round of the 2010 season at Le Mans. "I wanted to send a signal to those who always supported me, even in difficult times, and I think I did.
"I've heard a lot of trust around me even after the bad Saturday qualifying laps, starting in last place is not exactly the best thing, but I had a great race pace that allowed me to close in the seventh position.
"I would like to confirm this position even in the next Grand Prix, even managing to get a better starting position. I have a fairly good feeling with this track of Le Mans, where I had good results in the past; I got on the podium twice, I was second in 2006 and third in 2005 (125cc)."