Returning to action at the Czech Grand Prix, PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider Niki Tuuli made a solid comeback, crossing the line just outside of the top twenty, in 21st place.
Following an impressive morning warm-up that saw the Finnish rider complete the session just 1.1 seconds off the top of the time-sheets, Tuuli carried his run of form into the race.
Launching off the line, the Moto2 rookie stormed from 28th to 22nd position within the first lap. Continuing to battle throughout, Tuuli showed positive improvement, before crossing the line with his closest finish to the leaders to date.
Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager
“Niki did a really good job this weekend after returning from his injury. He hasn’t had a race for more than six weeks and so this weekend the target was just to improve throughout and finish the race with more experience. He did this very well and actually finished with the smallest gap from the front so far this year. Every session he improved and this morning he was in the top eighteen with good lap times. The more Niki is on the bike, the more he learns and improves and I think very soon he will be in the points. He’s done a good job.”
#66 Niki Tuuli – P21
“I’m really happy that I finished the race. For me the warm up this morning was really good. In the race I made a good start and made some passes. I had a really good group in front of me but I made a stupid mistake and lost a couple of seconds. I tried to push too much to catch them again and it broke my rhythm. I need to learn to ride much smoother and keep calm. I’m happy that I finished the race with the smallest gap to the front that I’ve had so far in Moto2. It’s good to get through a weekend without any crashes and to consistently improve my time. I’m not so happy to have finished 21st; the position is not so good, even though the gap is smaller. Now we continue working and next week, for sure the result will be better.”