Kallio is King
With a stunning victory on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Mika Kallio has climbed up to only seven points behind Tito Rabat in the overall standings in the Moto2 world championship. The battle for the title between the two Marc VDS Racing riders promises to be thrilling.
Despite a difficult first day of free practice sessions on a circuit that until now he had never really found to his taste, Mika Kallio totally reversed the trend during the weekend by winning hands down after taking pole position. Despite the interruption in the race after four riders crashed and with a two-second lead he had already clocked up over his followers, the Finn continued unperturbed by the incident. Taking the lead once again, the Marc VDS rider managed the race perfectly to chalk up his third win of the season. Plagued by grip problems, Tito Rabat had to settle for fourth place. Showing little verve on the Indianapolis track, Bradl fell while he was in ninth place in the MotoGP race. In Moto3, Jorge Navarro got off to a very good start as the stand-in for Livio Loi. In his first race in the United States, with a new bike and a new team, the Spaniard scored two points after qualifying in sixth position. Miguel Oliveira slid his Mahindra into seventh place while Arthur Sissis finished 21st.
Taking advantage of his win and Tito Rabat fourth place on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Mika Kallio is now only seven points behind the Moto2 championship leader. In MotoGP Bradl has slipped back to tenth position but has consolidated his eighth place in the Moto3 category. For his debut Grand Prix, Navarro has entered the overall standings in 27th position, one point behind Sissis, 25th in the championship.
After racing for three seasons flying the Honda LCR flag, Stefan Bradl has decided to switch teams for the 2015 season. “We’re preparing for the future and negotiating contracts for the next championship, so it took us a little longer to get our budget together,” explains Lucio Cecchinello. It all depended on the German Grand Prix. Just when I was able to make Stefan an offer to extend our association, he had already signed elsewhere. With the agreement of the HRC, we’ve decided to offer his place to Cal Crutchlow.” The British rider did not take long to agree. “Cal is one of the riders who are capable of competing with the “Fantastic 4” of Marquez, Rossi, Lorenzo and Pedrosa,” agreed Christophe Bourguignon, the technical director of the LCR team. This year has been more difficult for him because he has not managed to adapt to the Ducati, but he’s a rider who always gives 100% and we are really excited about the prospect of working with him next year. Cal also brakes hard and we know that is the main advantage of the Honda. With Ohlins suspensions and Brembo brakes, but also the support of the HRC, we should have a really competitive team.” But before that, obviously the remaining objective of the Honda LCR team is to finish the championship in 2014 with Stefan Bradl in the best position possible.