Today’s Catalan Grand Prix saw a premature end for Niki Tuuli, as an unlucky collision on lap one with a fellow rider, saw the Finnish rider unable to continue the twenty-two-lap race.
Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager
“Niki started really well here in Barcelona on Friday. He’s never been here before and it’s a hard track to learn but he did this very well. FP1 and FP2 were very positive and also Saturday morning. During qualifying Niki struggled quite a bit, which was quite surprising after seeing what he did during the first three practice sessions. This was a real shame for him and us, as we had expected a little more. He had to start on the grid from quite far back today and unfortunately things didn’t get any better for Niki either; on the first lap he collided with another rider and crashed out. It’s such a shame because it would have been really good for him to finish this race and learn more from it. This is what is very valuable right now. Niki has had a few crashes this weekend too, but now we need to put this all behind us and move onto Assen. Finally, he will go to a track that he already knows, so it will be very interesting to see what he can do there.”
#66 NIKI TUULI – DNF
“The Warm Up this morning was productive; we were able to find out why I had been having some problems with the front and how to improve my braking, so I went into the race feeling more confident. I made quite a good start and took the first two corners quite easily but then in the third corner I was on a really good line and passed a few guys on the inside but as I entered turn four, some riders came out of the curbs and I had to take my line further in; for this I was going to fast. I managed to stop the bike but Bendsyneyder was quite wide and I clipped his rear tyre. I’m not happy at all for this and I’m sorry to him. I took one rider with me and this is never a good feeling. For me it was also very important to finish the race, so I’m very disappointed that it ended on the first lap. I have learned a lot and I am waiting already for Assen.”