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Drama in Portugal: Nick Kalinin struck by Italian in fight for World Championship points
Drama in Portugal: Nick Kalinin struck by Italian in fight for World Championship points
Drama in Portugal: Nick Kalinin struck by Italian in fight for World Championship points
17.09.2018 01:22:00 pm
On September 16th in Portimao, during the weekend of the World Superbikes, was the seventh stage of the World Championship: World Supersport 300. Ukrainian Nick Kalinin, despite having problems with the bike during all three days, fought for points until the end.
Due to the mistake of the Italian motorcycle rider Luca Bernardi at the end of the race, the 19-year-old racer from Odessa could have finished the weekend with a serious injury. After the fall, Bernardi's bike flew into Nick Kalinin with a speed of over 200 kilometers per hour. Involved in the impact was Nick’s previously seriously injured leg, obtained in Imola. Fortunately, for the fans of the Odessan, the doctor did not find a fracture and Nick Kalinin will be able to perform at the next stage of the World Championship.

Nick Kalinin # 22: “Thank you all for your support, I'm ok and without injuries! It was the most difficult weekend in the last two years. From the beginning, we had difficulties: the cancellation of one flight, the delay of a new one and my bag with a piece of equipment did not come to Portugal. All these are trivialities that we decided on the spot, but even such a small change as new gloves, and in my case, it was the gloves of other brand and model - they affect the work on the bike, and therefore the overall result.

In training, I had problems with the clutch. In the first training session it burned down after only four laps, and I could not continue the session, and in the evening - even after the changes on the bike - the situation was repeated. Therefore, we had only a 15-minute qualification and 10-minute warm-up to work with. This was not enough, for the first time in two years I was riding on such a limit and could not find the right pace. I had 21st as a starting position and already from there I began fighting for the top 15. By the last lap I caught up with the group, which fought for 11th position, and knew where I can overtake rivals. But unexpectedly in front of me fell the Italian motorcycle racer. I tried to dodge and not hit him, avoid injuries for him. But it turned out that his bike flew at me at full speed. It’s just good that after an examination the doctor did not find any injuries, this is the most important thing.

On the one hand, it's a weekend to forget; but on the other - for me now it will be important to analyze and understand what are the problems in the work of the motorcycle, why it appeared right now and eliminate it by the next round. We will work on returning to the fight for the podium, that's why I'm here!”.

The last stage of the WorldSupersport 300 World Championship will be held on September 30th in France.

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Kalinin to battle with the best in the World Championship in Portugal, after a series of victories at home
The 19-year-old champion of Ukraine has fully recovered from injury
Kalinin to battle with the best in the World Championship in Portugal, after a series of victories at home
Kalinin to battle with the best in the World Championship in Portugal, after a series of victories at home
10.09.2018 12:21:00 pm
The 19-year-old champion of Ukraine has fully recovered from injury
This weekend the World Superbikes return after the summer break, and Ukrainian champion Nick Kalinin is ready to fight for victory. On September 16th, he - along with 39 of the world's best motorcycle racers in the Supersport 300 class - will compete at the Portuguese track Portimao.

Kalinin, who endured a difficult leg fracture in May, was able to finish the first half of the season in the international arena in fourth place in the Italian Championship. Afterwards, on the recommendation of doctors, he proceeded to the final stage of rehabilitation. Rest combined with a balanced schedule of training helped the athlete fully recover. To maintain the level of skill on the track, Kalinin took part in several motorsport championships in Ukraine during the spare month. The Odessan achieved several victories in the national supermoto championship, where he is the sole leader, and won the fourth round of ring racing in the Supersport 600 class.

Nick Kalinin # 22: "I'm very glad that the World Superbikes are back! During this month, a lot of work has been done at home. Unfortunately, I could not go to tests in Portugal, like many riders, it was important to heal all the injuries completely and turn this page over. During this time I had good races at the Ukrainian championship, so I return to the paddock of the World Superbikes in excellent shape and completely motivated to fight for the podium.

Portimao is a cool track that I really love. Since last year I have had questions on piloting and trajectories here, so from the first practice we will work on what.

I’m happy that the starting list should be Robert Schotman, who was injured in the race in May, like me. He's a fast pilot and a great guy, so it should be interesting".

You can follow the results and news on our website or on the pages of Nick Kalinin in social networks.

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Nick Kalinin finished one step away from the podium at the debut stage of the championship of Italy
The 19-year-old Odessan achieved fourth place at the  Misano Circuit.

Nick Kalinin finished one step away from the podium at the debut stage of the championship of Italy
Nick Kalinin finished one step away from the podium at the debut stage of the championship of Italy
29.07.2018 08:12:00 pm
The 19-year-old Odessan achieved fourth place at the  Misano Circuit.

On July 29th, the Ukrainian motorcycle racer Nick Kalinin finished fourth in the race of the Italian Championship on the Misano circuit. Less than few tenths separated the champion of Ukraine from the coveted third place. Almost 50 pilots from all over the world were declared to take part at this stage: Italy, Japan, Switzerland, Australia, France, Russia, Spain and Ukraine. Amongst the rivals of the 19-year-old was the winner of the World Championship round in Brno - Gallang Hendra from Indonesia, and the rider who was triumphant at his home stage on the same Misano circuit - Manuel Bastianelli. The Odessan struggled into the last corner to win second position and so became the only non-Italian motorcycle racer in the top-12 of the final race result.

Nick Kalinin: "This is my first experience participating in the Italian championship and I am pleased with the result, although I'm sorry that I did not reach the podium. Yesterday I made an unfortunate fall and the team worked so that today my motorcycle was ready to the maximum. It turned out well, but I rode a little slower than in general on this weekend, on the one hand - and the already hot weather intensified, on the other - it was necessary to be careful not to make a mistake in a very tough fight. After the start, there was a red flag of the race because of the massive crash, so when we restarted, my goal was to go to the leading group to the last lap and try to take the podium at the end. It's less than half of a second away from the podium, but I showed a good fight and added confidence in working with the motorcycle to return to the World Championship in Portugal in September.

Thanks to all motorsport fans that have been following me this weekend and thanks to ALL of my team both on the track and at home in Ukraine for the excellent work! "

The next race with the participation of Nick Kalinin will be held on August 22th in Kiev on the track "Chaika".

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