Mykyta 'Nick' Kalinin- is a 19-year-old motorcycle racer from Ukraine. Nick finished in the top ten of the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship 2017 (part of the FIM Superbike World Championship), making a mark instantly by recording a podium (3rd) at Imola. Nick won the 2017 Ukrainian National Supersport 600 Championship in 2017, to add to his Ukrainian Superstock 600 title from 2016, plus he is a two-time Ukrainian Junior Supermoto Champion, and he has won multiple races in the Ukraine and Russia, plus hold a number of outright lap record at circuit in his home country.
Nick Kalinin was one of six riders that were chosen to compete in the 2017 WorldSSP300 Championship as part of Yamaha's R3 bLU cRU Challenge, a project designed to provide a clear career path for talented young racers into the WorldSBK Championship. As part of the Yamaha bLU cRU project, he also spent a week training with nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi and his team at the fourth edition of the Yamaha VR46 Masterclass, held at Rossi's Ranch in Tavulia, Italy.
Nick Kalinin also competed in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup during the 2015 and 2016 seasons, a process that sees just 24 riders selected from over 2000 applicants to compete side-by-side with the MotoGP World Championship, earning himself an entry into the Ukrainian Book of Records as the first person from the Ukraine to compete in the championship.
For the 2018 season, Nick returns to fight for the WorldSSP300 title on board a Kawasaki Ninja 300 with the experienced GP Project Team from Italy.
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In 2017, Kalinin achieved top 10 in the overall standings onboard a Yamaha in the MotoXRacing team, as well as earning a podium at the renowned Imola Circuit; with the move to Italy’s 2017 vice-champion - GP Project Team – Kalinin will be aiming to reach new heights in the championship in 2018.
With the team’s launch underway, and the first test taking place on the 17th – 19th of March at Vallelunga, Kalinin is all set for his fight:
Mykyta Kalinin #22 : "I am very glad to finally meet with the whole team and see the motorcycle on which I will fight for the victory in 2018. Presentation is a beautiful retreat before tomorrow begins the first day of great teamwork. Everyone says very much that my Kawasaki 400 bike will be very cool, so I hope that we will quickly find a common language with it.
But most of all before the start of the season, I want to say thank you to everyone who supported me: my sponsors, family, fans,- for being here, and Ukraine has a representative in World Championship. I'm determined to work and fight to the chequered flag. "
Mykyta Kalinin’s first race in World Supersport 300 will commence on April 15th in Aragon, where he will compete alongside some of the best racers in the world. In total, it is expected that the Ukrainian will compete in a total of eight rounds this year in the class.
For his training, Mykyta uses 65cc and 300cc bikes. Despite the high cost of this endeavor, it is an important opportunity to undertake for the Ukrainian champion in order to be competitive in the coming season.
“After the end of the 2017 season, I tuned in and started preparing for the new racing year. I guess I'm the only pilot in the World Championship who does not have a home training track and therefore I need to work even more than the racers from Italy or Spain. Now except 300 motorcycles, I often train on a motorcycle with an engine capacity of 65 cc. With this motorcycle, very good feedback and a relatively low cost of consumables: I get a lot of experience and practice for less money.
The main plus of training in Spain is that many pilots come here and you can meet very experienced sparing partners. For example, the pilots in MotoGP such as Marc Marquez and John McPhee, or racers from the World Superbike like Chaz Davis, Lucas Mahias, etc. Each session with such riders gives additional motivation to young pilots and this is a good chance to gain some secrets of riders. The new Kawasaki 400 will be available to the team in March, then I will need all my winter training experience”
With the World Supersport 300 championship starting mid-April, Kalinin aims to achieve more than his 2017 season; which saw him claim a podium position in Imola, as well as constantly battling for top 10 positions throughout the year. We will keep our fingers crossed for our Ukrainian champion!
"I'm happy to start this new adventure with Kawasaki and the GP Project team, team with a lot of experience at international level and in the CIV. In addition, Kawasaki will release a new bike for 2018 and I cannot wait to ride it. 2018 will be my second year in WorldSSP300 and I will face it with a new bike and a new team, who I hope to continue with grow and improve race after race. In 2017 I got on the podium at Imola and I finished in the top 10 in the championship, in 2018 I will give 200% to get even more. It will not be easy, but we will work for reach our goal. Italy is my second home and I cannot wait to meet the whole team. In January I will go to Spain to train, with the team we have studied a test plan that I have allows you to arrive prepared for the first race."