As Simon misses podium by seven hundredths
The Fin Mika Kallio rode from second place on the grid to a comfortable second podium place in the 13th Grand Prix of the season on the Sepang circuit in Malaysia.
Red Bull KTM GP 125 colleague Julian Simon was involved in
a battle of attrition in the finishing straight and missed taking a podium place by seven hundredths of a second but still scoring an excellent fourth place.
The race was started anew by the race jury following a crash on the start-finish straight and shortened to 12 laps from the original 19.
Red Bull KTM Junior Michael Ranseder started at position 31 and after getting away well, finished the race in 20th position. Team colleague Stefan Bradl did not race. He sustained a fracture of the right lower leg when he was torpedoed from behind by French rider Masbou at the end of the warm-up.
After training is completed the riders use the possibility to simulate a start and Stefan was standing, according to regulations, on the edge of the circuit, Masbou, who had the same intention, crashed coming up behind him and his motorcycle skidded into Bradl. In the accident, the 16-year old German rider sustained the fracture to his leg and a lacerated right calf. The cut was sewn up and a plaster cast applied while Bradl was still on the circuit. Stefan has been flown home to Germany on Sunday evening to consult and receive medical care from his own doctors.
Mika Kallio (Red Bull KTM GP 125 – 2nd Place)
"It was a bit similar today like it was last time in Brno. I had a good start then Bautista passed me in the first corner and then Pasinin did as well on the straight.
It took me a while to finally fight back and leave Pasini behind me. By that time Bautista was one second ahead and did build on the gap. I tried to push as hard as possible to find different and better lines. My KTM is really fast but it was not possible to beat the combination of Bautista and his bike today."
Julian Simon (Red Bull KTM GP 125 – 4th Place)
"My start was not bad today and my KTM was running very well so I could make my way up to third position after a couple of fights with Talmacsi. But coming out of the last turn Faubel, who is also on a very good machine, got me and I wasn't able to fight back before we crossed the finish line. Finishing fourth today is a very good result for me and I'm happy to be back on the pace."
Michael Ranseder (Red Bull KTM Junior Team– 20th Place)
"My start really wasn't that bad and I was able to make up some places. I was able to stay with the group around Corsi. Then Hernandez was almost crashing into me and the front riders in the group broke away. After that happened I wasn't able to close the gap, otherwise I would have certainly been a few more places up front when we went over the finish line."
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