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Like I told my brother, I don't know what they pay Casey but it's not enough. They need to double it," Hayden said, "because this thing can be a monster."
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Kallio: 125 to 250 bigger step than MotoGP.

Wednesday, 29th October 2008

Mika Kallio says moving from 125 to 250cc was more different than 250cc to MotoGP.

MotoGP rookie Mika Kallio claims that the Ducati Desmosedici is nowhere near as wild as he expected, and that moving from a 125 to 250cc machine was more different than his present shift from 250cc to MotoGP.

The former KTM rider, who finished third in the 2008 250cc World Championship, made his MotoGP debut with Alice Ducati on Monday at Valencia - when he impressed by outpacing new team-mate and former Ducati test rider Niccolo Canepa.

On paper there is a massive difference between the Finn's former quarter-litre two-stroke and his new 800cc V4 four-stroke, but - speaking after making his wet weather MotoGP debut on Tuesday at Valencia - Kallio said he has been pleasantly surprised.

"To be honest, from what I have seen on television and from the rumours I heard, I expected [the Desmosedici GP8 to be] a much more aggressive bike, instead I found it really manageable and easy to move at each turn," he said.

"My personal impression is that I found much more difference passing from the 125 to the 250," he added. "The Desmosedici is a really special bike and I can't wait to be able to step on the 2009 version."

However, Kallio might want to bear in mind the words of Andrea Dovizioso, who made the switch from 250 to MotoGP at the end of last year: "With MotoGP, at first it seems easy but then it becomes very challenging!" said the new Repsol Honda rider, as he finished his rookie MotoGP season on Sunday.

Mika finished Tuesday's brief wet weather outing fifth fastest out of the seven riders, his best lap nearly two seconds from the factory GP9 of Nicky Hayden but just 0.358sec behind Canepa.

However, Canepa was keen to point out that he had never ridden a Desmosedici in the wet before either.

"Today it has been a very important day because during the tests done last year I never had the opportunity to ride under the rain," revealed the Italian. "I felt good and I am really trustful. Even if I didn't push at the maximum, I made it to constantly improve and this is the most positive thing. We couldn't ride for many laps today due to the weather conditions, but at least we have the first sensations on dry and wet track."

"These two days have been very important for us," declared Alice Team technical director Fabiano Sterlacchini. "Our two young riders, Mika and Niccolò, had the possibility to get to know the bike's characteristics and the method of work of the team.

"It was the first time Mika tried a MotoGP bike and therefore he had to understand every single detail. Both of them have worked really well and they were able to give us important information at each run. I am very happy, it seems like everything has started in the best way possible."

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Kallio is the first really successfull ice racer since Yvonne I think.

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You guys are reading too much into that Nicky quote...

We all came on here and ranted and raved about how smooth Rossi's bike looked in contrast to Stoner at Laguna. So why is that comment from Nicky saying that the bike "can" be a monster any surprise?

It's the truth and you all know it...

Put the Hayden beating stick away already

Why don't you comment on his quote about him not running back into the Ducati garage right away wanting to change clipons & rearsets? That says quite a bit about that shit Honda showed up with in 07...

I'm quite sure that with only Honda's mill to compare to, the he has every right to say in his own words (without blabering some negative shit about the Honda while still under contract) that the Honda lacked BALLS compared to the Ducati...

And no one he would argue that.

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no I don't argue it. the only reason that Honda seems quick off the corner is 'cause Pedrosa is slide-lifting it off every fucking corner.

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You guys are reading too much into that Nicky quote...

We all came on here and ranted and raved about how smooth Rossi's bike looked in contrast to Stoner at Laguna. So why is that comment from Nicky saying that the bike "can" be a monster any surprise?
Why not look at all the races instead just Laguna? In Valencia, the GP8 looked way smoother than the M1.

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Why not look at all the races instead just Laguna? In Valencia, the GP8 looked way smoother than the M1.

Laguna was the best example all year since they were so close for so long and you even said, Rossi forced Stoner to dig deeper...

Some of the run away victories where pretty comfy, and in many other races this year you could still see the Ducati getting loose... not just Laguna...

Come on Vale, show some consistency man.
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Laguna was the best example all year since they were so close for so long and you even said, Rossi forced Stoner to dig deeper...

Some of the run away victories where pretty comfy, and in many other races this year you could still see the Ducati getting loose... not just Laguna...

Come on Vale, show some consistency man.
I think Laguna was the worst example, because we all knew Stoner had a slightly faster pace than Rossi. When someone is faster in behind and couldn't make a pass, most of the time it looks like that person is less stable than the person at the front.

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I will agree he was impatient... and that was his ultimate downfall... pun intended.
But I don't remember anyone on here saying the Ducati is just as smooth as the Yamaha... it was clear that the riding styles were very different and loose was Stoners way & smooth was Rossi's...

And I clearly remember you singing Rossi's praises in his riding style...

You best be careful switchin your gears man... we might mistake you for Biga
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I will agree he was impatient... and that was his ultimate downfall... pun intended.
But I don't remember anyone on here saying the Ducati is just as smooth as the Yamaha... it was clear that the riding styles were very different and loose was Stoners way & smooth was Rossi's...

And I clearly remember you singing Rossi's praises in his riding style...

You best be careful switchin your gears man... we might mistake you for Biga
I don't think you understand my point, what I was trying to say is the Ducati isn't as unsmooth as people say. There is definitely a difference in their riding style, which further push away the claims about how unsmooth the GP8 was. The RC211V had plenty of power and was going all over the place too, but was it unsmooth compared to other 990s? Definitely not.

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Ooookay... we'll leave it at that...
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