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

Nick Kalinin finished one step away from the podium at the debut stage of the championship of Italy

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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