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Kallio to stand in for Lecuona at MotoGP Portimao

Factory KTM test rider Mika Kallio will stand in for Iker Lecuona at this weekend's Portimao MotoGP round after the Spaniard tested positive for Covid19.

Kallio hasn't raced in the blue riband class since the second half of 2019 and will have to learn the Portugese track as he didn't take part in test last month, and hasn't done much riding on the RC16 this year.

“First of all, it‘s not an easy situation for the team and for Iker I’m sorry that he will have to skip this race as well. So, I’ll jump on the bike, which is not that easy at the moment, because I haven’t been on the bike not too often this year," said the Finn.


"Obviously, it’s going to be interesting to see what my speed is and how I can learn the new track and many other things. Of course, the crew is new for me, so I have many things to learn. It’s a big challenge and we’ll go and do everything as best as possible.

"It’s always an honor to race with a MotoGP bike and also being with Hervé and Red Bull KTM Tech3. I know them for a long time and it’s good to come back to racing, even if it’s only the last race of the season.

"The finale is always a special moment for everyone and it’s always nice to be there with the best bikes and the best guys arounds, I always enjoy it a lot.

"We don’t have anything to expect there, we do our job and we will see where we end up. When a rider puts the helmet on and the red lights turn off, I think the race mood will be there immediately. So, I think it’s going to be an interesting weekend.”

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