Following the injury’s sustained to Niki Tuuli’s left hand in Assen, the Moto2 PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider has had to retire from this weekends German Grand Prix.
Just twelve days after having part of his left finger amputated, Niki Tuuli courageously returned to action on board his Kalex machinery this morning. Despite his best efforts, the determined Finn struggled to ride through the pain. After attempting again to find his pace in Free Practice Two, a unanimous decision was made by both the rider and team to retire Tuuli from the remainder of the weekend.
#66 Niki Tuuli
“I felt good coming to Sachsenring because just normally without the leathers, my hand is working quite okay. Unfortunately, as soon as I put the glove on my hand it was so painful, so I couldn’t use the clutch at all. There are a lot of corners on the left here and I found this really difficult because I couldn’t hold my hand on the handlebar like I needed too. Sadly it’s just too difficult to ride now. I’m really disappointed because I wanted so badly to ride here. I feel like I’ve took a step back because now is my time to really do a good job but instead I have to focus on recovering in time for Brno. There will be a two week break after this GP, so I hope that this time will allow me to be fully ready to return for the start of the second half of the season. I’m very sorry to the team and I want to say a big thank you to them for their support; Also to Alpinestars for making a special glove for me. I’m sorry to everyone that I won’t be riding this weekend.”