Isaac Vinales signs with Kallio Racing for 2019

Wednesday, 5 December 2018 11:09 GMT

WorldSSP champions secure Spanish talent for new season ahead

Bringing in even more Spanish riders into the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, Kallio Racing have announced Isaac Vinales will be their second rider in the 2019 WorldSSP championship, joining Loris Cresson.

At 25 years of age, Vinales already has a vast amount of experience under his belt in the Moto2™ World Championship and will be making the same step as his predecessor Sandro Cortese. A podium finisher in the Moto3™ World Championship, Vinales is a well known figure in the world of racing, and will be keen to learn how to adapt to the new World Supersport machine.

Riding the championship winning YZF-R6, Vinales explains: “I am very happy about the first tests with Kallio Racing. The bike gave me a good feeling and the team works very well.”

Team manager Vesa Kallio explains his thoughts on their new signing: “We have been discussing with Isaac already a longer time about next season and now we signed the contract. Naturally I have been following a bit of Isaac’s career especially when he was making better results in Moto3. Lately he hasn´t succeeded that well but it’s difficult to say the reasons when you haven’t been there closely to see how he and his team have worked. However, we were interested in the whole packet as he has a good attitude and also Maverick has promised to help him in training and so on. Everything has been ok over here. The main purpose with Isaac is to get used to the new bike without pressure to make good results. When we get everything ready, it’s nice to have a Christmas holiday before the official tests start in January.”

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