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The Pramac Racing Team has officially announced that Finland’s Mika Kallio has now parted company with the outfit, having struggled to deliver of late due to his ongoing injuries. The declaration brings an end to a relationship which began in 2009.
Having joined Pramac for the start of last season, now 27-year-old Kallio switched to the works Ducati team in order to temporarily sub for Casey Stoner before rejoining the former for the start of 2010.
“It’s since Japan's race that the pain in my left shoulder, injured in the Le Mans race, has become too intense,” he explained in Australia on Sunday.
“I immediately talked to the team, which understood my situation and agreed that I would try to race in Malaysia and Australia and then decide to continue or not in the last two races.
“Unfortunately, despite the good race today, the pain didn't allowed me to perform in the best way so, together with the team, we decided to conclude our partnership today.
“It has been a hard choice for me but this way I'll be able to return to the best physical condition and think about my future. I would like to thank Paolo Campinoti, who was very helpful in managing this situation.”
“I never like to find myself in these situations but, when a rider asks you to not race because he can’t give 100 percent for the team, you don't any think to do more that accept his gesture of sincerity and go through that,” Team Principal Campinoti added.
“We have accepted his request and I would like, on behalf of the Pramac Racing Team and our partners, to thank Mika and wish him a wonderful future full of happiness and success.”
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