In only his second Moto2 race of the year, SIC Racing Team rider Niki Tuuli, showed outstanding improvement as he battled for the points in today’s Italian Grand Prix.
Just missing out on the fight for fourteenth, Niki crossed the line in a respectable 17th place.
Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager
“Niki did a very good race here today. He has closed the gap to the front a lot since Le Mans and in only his second race with the team, is very good. He’s getting better and better and we can see that he is really taking on board everything we tell him and what we change on the bike; he is improving his times every session. Today he had a few good fights with the riders around him battling for the points; this was great to see. We were very close to the points; he was fighting for fourteenth place. That would have been great but still we are very satisfied with Niki’s performance. The gap to the front is a lot better. We will keep working. Tomorrow we have a test here with him, so for Barcelona, hopefully we can take another step forward.”
#66 NIKI TUULI – P17
“I’m really happy with what we did in the race today. This morning I struggled a little bit during the Warm Up because for me its still really difficult to find the smooth riding; my style is a little bit too aggressive in the wrong places. The best thing about it, is that I know where I need to improve so that we can make progress. In the race the first five to six laps were quite difficult whilst I found my rhythm, but after that I was able to find my pace, relax and start to pass people. The points were really close today and this is just my second race, so I’m happy about this. We improved our gap to the front in the race by more than fifteen seconds, compared to Le Mans, so it’s been a good end to the weekend. Of course we need to be closer, but it takes time. We can see we are making progress and going in the right direction, so this is the main thing. It was great to be in the fight for the points today and I had some good battles with the other riders for this. I’m so happy to be here and how everything is going; this is my dream. I just want to keep improving!”