PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider Niki Tuuli rode the ride of his season today, as he charged from 25th place on the grid, into the top five.
The Finnish rider had shown his strength in the wet conditions throughout all three practice sessions – only losing out in Qualifying due to a sudden dry track.
Starting from twenty-fifth on the grid, Tuuli faced a big task at hand, but undeterred the Finn immediately began his assault on the Moto2 field. Building his rhythm throughout, Tuuli went from strength to strength, passing riders consistently and working his way into the top five. With seven laps to go he was closing in on fourth place rider Mattia Pasini, when pushing hard he lost the rear and crashed out. Nevertheless a heroic and impressive ride.
Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager
“For Niki its been a great weekend. In the wet conditions he has been very strong every practice; it’s been great to see him have some good sessions and up in the top three. This morning he had a really good feeling from the start and this showed in the race. He rode exceptionally well today; he kept calm in the beginning and then step by step started to pass riders and work his way up into the top five. At that point he was starting to close in on Pasini in fourth place, when he had a crash in turn two. It’s a pity but that’s how it is in these conditions, it’s a risk; he pushed and he tried. I want to say thank you to Niki for all his hard work this year – it’s been difficult for him to come into this Championship but he is a fighter and never gives up. Thanks to him for these races and we wish him all the best for the future.”
#66 Niki Tuuli – DNF
“All of the weekend I have enjoyed riding here. My feeling in the wet has been really good.
For the race it was harder because I started from 25th, so it was a long way to go to reach the top five. It took longer to get the grip into the rear tyre too, so for the first ten laps I had to be careful. As the race progressed I started to feel really good, so I began to push more – I caught the top five group and was feeling strong. I could see Pasini ahead in fourth and I knew that I was catching him, so I pushed a bit more, but it was too much and I crashed. Nevertheless it was a really good race and my last one with the team. I knew I had nothing to lose, so I gave it my all. It’s been a tough season for me coming into Moto2, but I’ve kept improving and I’ve learned a lot. In the future I hope one day that I can come back. I want to say a big thanks to my crew, they are amazing and I have had so much fun with them. It has been a pleasure to ride in the PETRONAS Sprinta Racing Team – thank you to all involved.”