PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider Niki Tuuli will return to action this coming weekend, following a crash at Phillip Island that saw the 23-year-old withdraw from the Australian Grand Prix.
Hit by a fellow rider after crashing in Saturday’s Moto2 FP3 session, Tuuli was lucky to escape without serious injury, however with little track time and still in significant pain, the team chose to withdraw the Finn from Sunday’s race. The decision was made in order to allow Tuuli time to rest and recuperate fully, ahead of the teams Home Grand Prix.
#66 Niki Tuuli
“I was so disappointed to miss the race at Phillip Island. The crash I had in FP3 was actually pretty small; I just hit a wet patch in the slowest part of the track and lost the front, but unfortunately the rider behind crashed into me and hit my lower back. I’m relieved that nothing is broken but the pain after was quite intense. We decided that it was better for me to withdraw from the race in Australia to make sure that I am ready for the teams home race in Malaysia. I need to give my all at Sepang and have a really good weekend, both for the team and myself. I just hope that I am 100% fit on Friday. I’m going to do my best to be in top form. I can’t wait to get back out there and push for a good result.”