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Stunning end of the season: Nick Kalinin wins Supermoto Championship of Ukraine
19-year-old rider from Odessa wins two national titles in 2018
15.10.2018 12:23:00 am
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Stunning end of the season: Nick Kalinin wins Supermoto Championship of Ukraine
Stunning end of the season: Nick Kalinin wins Supermoto Championship of Ukraine
15.10.2018 12:23:00 am
19-year-old rider from Odessa wins two national titles in 2018
On October 13-14th, the final stage of the Supermoto Championship of Ukraine took place on the Kiev track “Chaika”. The last two races decided the fate of the title in the Open class, where the 19-year-old Nick Kalinin became the winner. Out of six races in the championship the Odessan claimed three wins and two podiums. Just two weeks earlier, Kalinin had already become the Superbike champion of Ukraine in the SuperSport class, and after it he decided to finish the season with not just a successful performance in Kiev - he wanted a double championship title.

Nick Kalinin # 22: “I wanted to finish the season with a good fight and an excellent result, and I did it! I’m very pleased with another title, for which I am grateful to my father and my great mental coach Devin for all the work this year. The Ukrainian Championship is always good training for international competitions, so I try to come and give my best. But if someone thinks that everything is so easy and predictable here - this is not true. All the guys are hard-working, developing and progressing, so the slightest problem or mistake ... and... come on, try to catch up. For example, in the last race my motorcycle broke down, and I was left without a result and no points. It is good that I was able to earn it before in the overall standings. Well, and, of course, I love to compete in the Supermoto Championship, so it’s doubly pleasant to become a champion!”

In addition to performing in the Open class, Nick Kalinin won in the Pitbike class this weekend. This is his first official performance on a motorcycle of the French brand YCF. As the rider himself said, after a positive experience of participating with a new bike, he is thinking about competing in this category on a regular basis.


Photo: Alexander Yakunin

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WorldSBK: Nick Kalinin makes phenomenal breakthrough in the fight for the World Championship Podium
01.10.2018 08:09:00 am
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WorldSBK: Nick Kalinin makes phenomenal breakthrough in the fight for the World Championship Podium
WorldSBK: Nick Kalinin makes phenomenal breakthrough in the fight for the World Championship Podium
01.10.2018 08:09:00 am
September 30th, on the track of Magny-Cours in France was the final race of the World Championship World Supersport 300 with Odessan rider Nick Kalinin. The 19-year-old racer of the team "GP Project" after a difficult weekend and unsuccessful qualification - 21st place for the start – due to problems with the motorcycle, was able to become one of the fastest pilots of the last race of the season and gained 14 positions! This is the biggest breakthrough in the race of the World Championship in France. Among the top 40 motorcycle racers in the world, the Ukrainian entered the top seven in the last weekend of the 2018 season.

Nick Kalinin # 22: "I'm very happy to finish the season with a great race and good result. The last two days we faced problems with the motorcycle, we were looking for a solution, we tried something new and, fortunately, in the morning before the race in France we found a resolution. I had a difficult task to get out from the back and to the leading group. After all, it was the last race of the season and no one wanted to give in, so I tried not to go very aggressively. The rivals in places went like crazy, and I more cold-bloodedly tried to use their mistakes and every moment for overtakes. My tactic worked, I made my way to the leaders and was already in the top 10 for the last lap. If the race distance was more, I'm sure that I would get rid of this gap to the leader of the race in the next lap and fight for the podium. But I took off 14 positions and came 7th. This is a good result at the end of a difficult season. I want to thanks my sponsors: Devin Battley and Battley cycles, AM chain, RSVmoto; my team that worked hard for the result and all the fans that believed in me and supported me!”

At the end of the season, Nick Kalinin took 14th place of the overall standings. Recalling that Kalinin was in a serious accident at the World Championship in Italy and because of injury he could not take part in all races of season. In the asset of the pilot from Odessa, the 4th place Grand prix of Spain, the 6th place Grand Prix of Netherlands, the 6th place Grand Prix of the Czech Republic and the 7th place for the final stage in France.

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Nick Kalinin becomes Champion of Ukraine in Supersport 600 with a new track record
Ukrainian wins the fifth stage of the Championship of Ukraine in Kiev
25.09.2018 02:58:00 pm
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Nick Kalinin becomes Champion of Ukraine in Supersport 600 with a new track record
Nick Kalinin becomes Champion of Ukraine in Supersport 600 with a new track record
25.09.2018 02:58:00 pm
Ukrainian wins the fifth stage of the Championship of Ukraine in Kiev
On September 23rd , at the fifth stage of the Ukrainian Motorcycle Championship in Kiev, Nick Kalinin had a confident victory in the Supersport 600 class and once again converted his skills into a champion title. In addition, the 19-year-old representative of the team "M29" set a new record for the track "Chaika" on a 600cc bike in the final weekend, improving his previous achievement by more than half a second.

The fight for the title was saved until the last, due to Nick not being able to finish the first race of the season and losing 25 points from the start, for technical reasons. To win the championship Kalinin needed to win the remaining four starts, which he did.

Nick Kalinin # 22: "I am very pleased with the victory in the championship and I am glad that I was able to accelerate and update the best lap time on a 600-cc bike. I always considered the Ukrainian championship as a test of what I do every day, but without excessive pressure; and despite the more training aspect, these competitions are very important for me, as I ride in front of my native stands, a large number of fans comes to “Chaika” for a spectacular fight, and of course, I want to bring victory to my team.
If the first stage turned out to be crumpled for me because of the constant problems with the motorcycle, the final was perfect. Pole, the lead after the start, good fight with more powerful 1000-cube motorcycles and a victory in the championship. I hope that the audience enjoyed our show on the track.
On Wednesday I'm going to the final stage of the World Championship in France, so the intense racing schedule continues. Now all thoughts are about the upcoming race. "

The finale of the World Championship with Nick Kalinin will take place on September 30th in France at the track Magny-Cours.

Photo: Александр Якунин

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