Like many top-level motorcyclists Mika’s love of the fast lane came from his father Hannu, who was an accomplished rider himself, and he first threw his legs over a bike at the age of 12 and won his first major title at just two years later.
Two Finnish Championship road racing titles followed and Mika was just as impressive on the ice, where he won ice-racing championships as a teenager. In 2001 he entered the Moto GP 125cc class with the Ajo Motorsport team and in 2002 he was named Rookie of the Year - showing just how much potential he had.
Another couple of strong years led to a factory ride in 2005 and he got second in the championship that year and the next, before a move to the 250cc class brought yet more success for the likeable Finn. In ’07 he finished 7th overall, winning two races along the way, and the following season he took bronze with some awesome displays - including a trio of wins and a further six podiums.
Mika’s dream was always to race in Moto GP and in 2009 that dream was realised when he signed to Pramac Racing. Without the power underneath him to challenge at the top Mika still showed up well in his two years in the top class, but he dropped back down to Moto 2 in 2011 and has been one of the top guys ever since.
His last season ended in 4th and he made an awesome start to 2014 with second place in Qatar - the 31-year-old has a wealth of experience and the speed to challenge for the Moto 2 title.