Following a successful debut into the SIC Racing Team, Niki Tuuli is ready and raring to get back on track at the Autodromo del Mugello this weekend.
The Finnish newcomer to Moto2 made an impressive first impression last time out in Le Mans, showing consistent improvement throughout the weekend and just missing out on a top twenty finish in his first ever race within the tough intermediate class.
With one race under his belt, Tuuli is positive that he can take what he learned in France to make another step closer towards the top fifteen.
Situated in the picturesque countryside of Tuscany, the Gran Premio d’Italia is one of the most popular events of the season. At 5.2km long it is also one of the longest tracks on the calendar, consisting of six left-hand and nine-right hand corners. The technical layout combines a mixture of slow and fast turns with sweeping curves, long straights and off-camber corners, challenging both the riders and their engineers.
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“I have been training a lot since Le Mans because the races in Moto2 are a lot longer than what I’m used to in Supersport, so it’s physically harder. However, I have been jogging, cycling and riding Supermotard, so I do feel more prepared going into this next race. Mugello will be another new track for me, so I have been watching last years races there a lot. I wanted to try and at least visually learn the track, so I know what to expect. For me its always been quite easy to learn new tracks but of course to do it on a new bike and be fast is quite challenging -this is one goal for the weekend; I want to learn it quickly and get up to speed quicker. My main aim is to make consistent progress; to be better again and keep improving –every time I go out on the track I want to be better in every area that I can. I want to be much closer to the top than what I did in Le Mans. I feel positive because at least now I know a little bit more about the bike and what its going to be like, so I’m really looking forward to this second race. I can’t wait to see the team again and get to work!”