PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider Niki Tuuli concluded today’s Japanese Grand Prix with positive progress, after battling his way up from 28th on the grid, to cross the line just outside the top twenty, in 22nd place.
Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager
“It’s been quite a difficult weekend for Niki. With the weather bad on Friday he didn’t get so many laps, so FP3 was basically his first dry session to learn the track. Its not an easy track either; its very difficult with the braking and its quite technical. It’s taken him a while to get up to speed and we could see this in qualifying and even in warm up this morning. For the race we just said to Niki to make his own race; work hard and make consistent lap times and that’s exactly what he did. He was improving throughout. This is what he has to focus on from the beginning of the weekend – doing as many laps as he can from the start; to get more used to the bike and the track. This is the key point for him now. I think in Philip Island we can have a good race because he already knows the track.”
#66 Niki Tuuli – P22
“Today the race was the most positive part to the weekend. It’s not been the easiest GP for me; my riding was too aggressive and nervous and the trust was missing. For this reason I am very happy with the progress we made in the race today. I made consistent times and almost the same as my fastest time in qualifying. Of course, I made some mistakes still, but only small. Now we just need to take this progress to Australia. At Philip Island I need to ride as many laps as I can from the start and get a good rhythm on the bike – this way the speed will come. Thanks to the team for all their hard work this weekend; I hope that we can get back in the points again soon.”