CIA Landlord Insurance Honda looking for key to Chang

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider Niki Tuuli concluded day one of Round Two of the 2018 World Supersport Championship at the Chang International circuit thirteenth on the combined timesheets and will challenge to claim one of the top two spots in Superpole 1 tomorrow.

Tuuli said: “Not so bad, not so good! In the first practice I had good feeling to ride and it felt like the riding is coming better and better but I hit a wall on the speed.  It feels like I am going faster but the time is not better.  The second practice it is difficult to say what the problem is.  I know we can do much better but we just have to find the right way and I hope tomorrow is the day we find it.”

Teammate Andrew Irwin ended the first day of his World Supersport debut in 25th position after suffering a spectacular crash in Free Practice 2 at turn 7.  Irwin was uninjured but the crash resulted in substantial damage to the rear end of his Honda CBR600RR.

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “Niki was 10th and six tenths from 3rd after FP1 and we tried some changes for this afternoon.  We improved but we are now a tenth off the top ten which is a shame. We’ll look at the situation going forward tomorrow.  It’s always better to go straight to SP2, it’s not going to be easy the field is tight there are a lot of good riders and machinery which is good for everybody to see great racing.  We have to do our job now and get into SP2, qualify really well and challenge inside the top six for the front of the race.”

“Andrew is struggling to click at this circuit.  He started off alright but he’s not been able to make the next jump and then because he’s not clicked he’s tried too hard and in motorcycle racing the harder you try the slower you go.  Andrew needs to go out and enjoy riding the motorcycle, not think about lap times and allow the improvement in performance to come.”

 

Free Practices Combined Results

1 L. Mahias 1’37.469

2 R. Krummenacher +0.034

3 F. Caricasulo +0.223

4 J. Cluzel +0.317

5 A. West +0.369

6 H. Okubo +0.453

7 S. Cortese +0.471

8 D. De Rosa +0.643

9 L Stapleford +0.787

10 T. Warokorn +0.969

13 N. Tuuli CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +1.100

25 A. Irwin CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +3.438