Former Moto2 vice champion Mika Kallio says that he won't be riding with the back markers in KTM's MotoGP debut this weekend. He is very confident about the race at Valencia.
The Austrian factory is racing as a wildcard for the 2016 season finale with the Finnish racer. For next year, Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro will take over full-time in 2017.
KTM factory racing has completed 35 days of testing at a number of circuits in the last 12 months. The last test was held in Valencia in October. The development programme of the RC16 was led by Mika Kallio.
While the factory says that it will race #0 for them and they are testing the race pace. But, Kallio said he is not thinking about riding at the back.
"The start in Valencia will be a remarkable moment. This whole year has been great, and I couldn't imagine a better way to end the season," Kallio said.
"This whole year has been great, and I couldn't imagine a better way to end the season. The team will have valuable experience working under pressure, and I can finally enjoy riding MotoGP again.
"I'm not going to be at the back of the pack in this race.I'll be focusing on some of my personal goals after the timed free practices.
He added, "I can race without pressure, and I believe I'll be on fire when the lights go out."
Kallio has 32 starts in MotoGP on Ducati race machines in 2009-10. After that, he raced in the Moto2 series and finished second in 2014 championship with Marc VDS team.