KTM sack world champion

Discussion in 'Motorcycle Racing' started by Champ, Aug 7, 2003.

  1. Champ

    Champ Guest


    Vincent sacked by KTM and Kallio hired

    Reigning World Champion Arnaud Vincent has been sacked by the new KTM
    team. The Frenchman is to be ´released immediately from his contract´
    and his vacant ride will be taken by Finnish rider Mika Kallio for the
    rest of the season.

    A statement released by the Austrian manufacturer acknowledged that
    ´Arnaud Vincent remains a very fast and experienced rider, but it has
    been very difficult to develop a brand new motorcycle around the
    expectations of the current World Champion.´

    The press release went on to say: ´KTM decided to make this rider
    change due to the lack of progress in the team’s development. KTM
    feels that the new motorcycle is coming on well but the improvements
    have not been shown in the results. KTM hopes that a new rider will
    bring fresh motivation to the team and that the bike shows it’s true
    potential during the next races. KTM will strive to build on the top
    10 results already achieved during 2003, with the aim of being
    competitive for podium places in 2004.

    Kallio has signed on the dotted line for the remainder of 2003 and
    also the 2004 campaign. His first race for KTM – Red Bull will be in
    Brno on August 16th.
    Champ, Aug 7, 2003
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  2. I believe Vincent is one of the most talented rider in GP125 but also a big
    mouth and bad character.
    You cannot be a factory rider like he is (was) and say race after race that
    the bike is a crap. Misses some professionalism here. He should learn from
    Edwards who even didn't complain after having his bike catching fire at
    Pierre Bonneau, Aug 8, 2003
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  3. Champ

    Julian Bond Guest

    It's fairly amazing to me that Edwards will even sit on that thing any
    more. But then he's a professional who isn't ready to retire yet. IMHO,
    it's such a shame he didn't take Tamada's ride on the RCV with
    Bridgestone tyres. Of course, it's also a shame Honda couldn't find him
    a seat on an RCV with Michelins. But all that's water under the bridge
    Julian Bond, Aug 8, 2003
  4. Champ

    Champ Guest

    Quite. His startline crash a couple of races back was alleged to be
    down to the bike (software, even). And now it catches fire on him.
    Agreed times two.
    eh? I thought "what if" was the main raison d'etre of this group :)
    Champ, Aug 8, 2003
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