Niki Tuuli returns to action this weekend at the German Grand Prix, following his accident in Assen, just over one week ago.
Crashing during Qualifying at the Dutch GP, the Finnish rider’s hand was caught under his Kalex machinery as he heroically tried to prevent damage to his bike. As a result, Tuuli severely injured his left finger, which later had to be partially amputated.
Unable to take part in the race, Tuuli returned to Finland following his surgery. He has since been receiving medical care in Finland and has been given the all clear from his doctors there to ride.
Tuuli will also have to pass medical clearance from officials at the circuit first on Thursday, but overall the Finn is feeling positive about his return to Moto2 this weekend.
#66 Niki Tuuli
“I’m so happy that my finger has heeled so well, so quickly; I was really worried that I might not be able to ride in Germany. Of course I still have to get the official go-ahead from the track doctors but it’s looking promising. I’m really looking forward to getting back on track on Friday. I’ve been to Sachsenring once before in 2012, so I don’t remember so much about it. I just need to focus on my own riding this weekend and work on finding the right set-up on the bike so that I can be every lap faster; I want to be consistently improving. Being in the points is always my overall target but I guess this time I may have to be a little bit more patient and see how well I can ride with my hand and then go from there. Nevertheless, I feel ready to get back out there and get to work.”