Disappointment for Tuuli as Irwin improves

In Superpole 1 this afternoon CIA Landlord Insurance Honda’s Niki Tuuli missed going through to Superpole 2 by 0.2s and will start tomorrow’s 17-lap World Supersport race in fifteenth place from the fifth row of the grid.

Tuuli said: “In Superpole I couldn’t put one fast lap together.  All of my first lap I had a rider in front of me.  I couldn’t pass him straight so I lost some time.  It’s been a good weekend so far but now I’m not happy.  I still think we have good race pace and can do a good job tomorrow.  I am going to do my best tomorrow and we’ll see where we can end.  Thanks to the team.”

Teammate Ulsterman Andrew Irwin made another improvement in Superpole 1 posting a lap of 1’53.444.  Irwin qualified in 22nd position and heads up the eighth row of the grid.

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “We have to say that was a really disappointing session.  Niki did correct some of the things, he was better through the chicane which was where he was losing time then he lost time in other sectors.  For sure the bike and Niki had another second a lap in that so it’s disappointing to only start fifteenth but that is what we have to deal with.  Now we need a strong start tomorrow and Niki needs to really fight to get with the leading group and see what he can do in the race.”

“Andrew improved again and that’s a good thing.  Obviously we’d like to be a bit higher than 22nd but like we said before, this is one of the hardest tracks of the calendar to learn so he’s progressed every session.  He also needs a good start like in Assen and with his confidence growing fighting for a point is a realistic possibility for him.”

 

Results Superpole 1

1 M. Roccoli 1’52.328

2 R. Hartog +0.026

3 D. Stirpe +0.039

4 N. Morrentino +0.237

5 N. Tuuli CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +0.245

6 L Cresson +0.315

7 A. West +0.403

8 E. Lahti +0.546

9 T. Gradinger +0.639

10 S. Hill +0.868

12 A. Irwin CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +1.116

 

Free Practices & Superpole Combined Results

1 L. Mahias 1’53.042

2 J. Cluzel 1’54.027

3 K. Sofuoglu 1’54.671

4 F. Caricasulo 1’54.949

5 R. Hartog 1’58.701

6 L. Stapleford 1’59.495

7 M. Roccoli 1’59.607

8 H. Okubo 1’59.814

9 S. Cortese 2’00.028

10 R. de Rosa 2’00.581

15 N. Tuuli CIA Landlord Insurance Honda 1’52.573

22 A. Irwin CIA Landlord Insurance Honda 1’53.444