The weekend for the only representative of the German team "Nutec - RT Motorsports by SKM - Kawasaki" in Qatar did not start easily. Due to bad weather in Odessa, Nick Kalinin arrived in Qatar more than a day later than planned and missed the opportunity of necessary familiarization with the new track. It was an important moment, as some of the pilots already had an experience on the unusual track in the desert, and the rest were able to see the circuit on Wednesday. Kalinin could not inspect the track before practice on Thursday, and had to immediately head into the racing session.
The unique Losail International Circuit desert track has 16 turns: 10 right turns and 6 left. The high-speed corners raised questions for Kalinin, which he tried to solve throughout the weekend. The second difficult moment that Nick faced was the strong heat. The temperature in Qatar these days reaches almost 40 degrees, so traditionally races were held in the evening under the light of floodlights.
In qualifying, 20-year-old rider was able to earn the 5th starting row. Immediately after the start, Nick began the fight to approach the leading group. Suddenly, in the first lap, Kalinin felt a strong blow to the rear of the motorcycle, which carried him outside of the track. The Ukrainian returned to the fight in 23rd place, but could not get closer to his usual lap time. As discovered after the race, as a result of the crash of several riders, another pilot flew into the rear of the Nick’s motorcycle and severely damaged the rear wheel of the Kalinin bike. The tire had no grip with the track and did not allow it to go into a normal rhythm. The rider was no longer able to catch up with the leaders, but was able to return almost ten positions, finishing 15th and earning an important point in the overall standings.
Nick Kalinin #22: “It was a difficult race, and a difficult weekend, but I completed the minimum task at least - I’m in the top 10 of the World Championship by the end of the year. Of course, before the start of the Qatar weekend, my goal was only to win, but when I was taken off the track in the first lap, my motorcycle was badly damaged and I could no longer ride normally, I had to fight for what was important at that moment. With a bent wheel, I almost caught a few tough highsides while I was trying to get my pace back to what I had over the weekend. Then I realized that this was unrealistic and decided to fight for the overall points. It was important for me to finish the season in the top 10, this is the result not only of mine, but of the whole Nutec - RT Motorsports by SKM - Kawasaki team, my personal team, sponsors and fans.
In general, I am happy with how I spent the season. If we continue to progress, move forward, eliminate the problems that sometimes hindered us during this year, then the championship title is not a dream, it is a real goal for 2020.
Thanks to ALL who support me, on the track and at home. See you next season. ”
Thus, for the second time in his career, Nick Kalinin completed the season in the top 10 of the World Championship. The best result of the Ukrainian was the podium at the world championship stage in Britain, where the rider Kawasaki started 31st and managed to return 28 positions to the checkered flag.
Before the start of the final round of the World Superbike championship in Qatar, Nick Kalinin and the German team Nutec - RT Motorsports by SKM - Kawasaki announce the extension of their contract for the 2020 season. Next year, the 20-year-old Ukrainian, sponsored by “Battley cycles”, will continue to fight for the world title in the Supersport 300 category.
In 2019, before the final start, Kalinin is in the top 10 of the World Championship. The best joint result of the Ukrainian-German tandem was the podium in Great Britain, where the Kawasaki rider started 31st and managed to gain 28 positions before the checkered flag.
Nick Kalinin #22: “I am very happy to remain in the team, where we have developed good family relationships. I like working with crew chief Frank Krekeler, I know that neither he or my mechanic Dennis will go to rest if we have questions. I am grateful to my sponsors and fans for their support. I want to thank them with the result.
My team and I have everything to fight for the title. We analyzed the work this year, made conclusions, and in the next season we will make even more efforts. As for me, I will do everything to fight for the title in 2020. In the meantime, we will focus on the race in Qatar and aim to fight in the final of the season with a victory.”
Rob Vennegoor, team manager: “We are grateful that Nick Kalinin has again signed for our team to participate in the 2020 World Supersport 300 championship on the Kawasaki Ninja 400 prepared by SKM
Last year we worked closely with Nick and his partners, a good harmony both with our complete team as also technical crew and Nick's enormous fighting spirit are important spearheads for working together again in 2020".
Together with Nick Kalinin in 2020, continuing to ride in the Nutec - RT Motorsports by SKM - Kawasaki team will be Australian Tom Bramich and South African Dino Iozzo.
On October 26th, on the Losail International Circuit in Qatar, during the World Superbike weekend, the final stage of the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship will take place with the participation of 20-year-old Ukrainian rider Nick Kalinin. In the 2019 season, more than 50 pilots fought every weekend on the track, but only 29 riders received the chance to compete at Losail, and only the top 20 received support from the organizers of the championship. The Ukrainian will become the only pilot of his Nutec – RT Motorsport by SKM - Kawasaki team at the Qatar stage.
Nick Kalinin, despite the difficult season, is one of the top ten riders of the planet in his category and was selected without any problems to fight at a unique stage of the championship. Unlike other rounds, training and races at Losail International Circuit will take place in the evening under artificial lighting. In addition, the World Championship of the Supersport 300 category had never previously been held in Qatar, and its pilots had not trained on the track in Losail.
Nick Kalinin #22: “I am very glad that I will perform in Qatar. I am excited, but this is only due to the fact that I already want to be on the track as soon as possible. Since childhood, my dad and I worked hard to quickly adapt to new tracks; although, of course, Losail cannot be compared with any track I have been on before. Let's see how things will be with the lighting and in general on the track this weekend. On Wednesday, we will have the opportunity to have a track walk, this will be my first familiarization with Losail.
In any case, everyone is in the same conditions, and the leader will be the one who quickly understands the track and finds the lines. We will work hard, try and take risks!”
The first training session of the World Championship in Qatar will be held on Thursday, October 24th.
The 20-year-old from Odessa will fight at the unique stage of the world championship under the artificial lights.
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