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MotoGP™ KymiRing test ready for lift off in Finland

Aug 19. 2019
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Bradl, Pirro, Folger, Guintoli, Smith and local hero Mika Kallio to inaugurate the stunning new track

After a full gas back-to-back, MotoGP™ has headed north for a two-day test to inaugurate the new KymiRing in Finland on the 19th and 20th of August. All six manufacturers’ Test Teams have now arrived at the northernmost track on this year’s itinerary to get acquainted with the ‪new venue ahead of its planned inclusion on the MotoGP™ ‪calendar.

 

During the test, the track will be open ‪from 10:00 to 17:00 local time (GMT +3), with a final slot ‪from 17:00 to 18:00 for local heroes to take to the track for some laps of their new World Championship venue. 

 

2011 Moto2™ World Champion Stefan Bradl is on test duty for Honda, with test rider and ever-impressive wildcard performer Michele Pirro on track for Ducati. Former WorldSBK Champion Sylvain Guintoli represents Suzuki, with premier class podium finisher and recent Moto2™ runner Jonas Folger putting the laps in for Yamaha.

 

Local hero Mika Kallio will be on track for KTM as he gets a first taste of his new home track, with the high calibre line-up completed by Bradley Smith testing for Aprilia, fresh from making a little history as a podium finisher in the opening two races for the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup - and ahead of his Moto2™ appearance at Silverstone.

 

On Sunday the six riders walked and studied the track with their teams ahead of getting on the asphalt on two wheels on Monday, before later lining up for the first photo opportunity at the brand new track. With the kerbs flying the colors of the Finnish flag and the background a stunning slew of giant conifer trees and clear northern summer skies, it was a moment to remember for the track.

 

The test will also include two press conferences. ‪On Monday at 13:00 representatives from the FIM, Dorna and local authorities will talk to the media, with FIM President Jorge Viegas, Timo Pohjola, KymiRing Circuit Director, Tapio Nevala, President of the Finnish Motorcycle Federation, Aki Ajo from Ajo Motorsport, and Carlos Ezpeleta, Sporting Director from Dorna Sports all present.

 

‪On Monday evening at 18:00, the six riders will then take part in a second press conference to give their first impressions of the track.

 

 
(L-R) Guintoli, Bradl, Smith, Pirro, Folger and Kallio surrounded by nature at KymiRing
Kids in the new block, all riders are eager to start their engines on the new tarmac.
Honda's Stefan Bradl was eager to start lapping around the Finnish track.
Always cheerful, Michele Pirro from Ducati was optimistic about the unique layout.
Six factory riders ready for two busy days of track examination and putting the bike to the test in uncharted territory.
Yamaha's Jonas Folger wanted to hear about his fellow riders' opinions of the track.
The French Suzuki test rider Sylvain Guintoli in front of the pit box building.
KTM's Mika Kallio, who lives less than 2 hours from the track, is the only rider to have tested the layout on a street bike.
British rider Bradley Smith from Aprilia was impatient to start testing.

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