Fifth row start for Tuuli in Australia

In challenging windy conditions CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider Niki Tuuli has qualified in 15th place for the season opener at Philip Island on Sunday.

 

Fifth row on the grid is a disappointing start to the season for Tuuli as he struggled following the big crash he suffered due to tyre failure on day two of the official test at the Australian circuit but the Finnish rider remains determined to pick up valuable Championship points with a good result in the race.

 

Niki said: “After the third practice my feeling was good, the riding felt better in FP3.  I was quite confident that I could do a good lap time in Superpole but it didn’t work I lost too much time in a couple of places.  We have to find a way to improve tomorrow the only thing I can do is take as many points as I can in the race.  We are going to find a way to do it.  I’m trying as hard as I can.”

 

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster adds: “We are disappointed to qualify 15th we know Niki is better than that and we know our bike and our team are better than that.  It just hasn’t gelled for Niki here this week.  Niki has said that he was confident he could go faster but it didn’t quite happen, he’s especially losing a lot of time in sector 4.  We’ve discussed it and we need to look at the data to improve for the best possible points finish tomorrow.  It’s not where we want to be but we know we can improve.  It will be a hard race, I’m confident we will make a good compulsory pit stop for the flag to flag race.  There are some good opportunities to overtake here, you can get some good slip stream onto the straight so you can move forward.  We need to make the best possible start and challenge as high up the field as we can for the best result.”

 

Results Superpole 1

 

1 A. Badovini 1’34.576

2 H. Okubo +0.227

3 T. Gradinger +0.274

4 L. Cresson +0.397

5 N. Tuuli CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +0.421

6 M. Di Meglio +0.596

7 T. Toparis +0.841

8 M. Canducci +0.880

9 J. Van Sikkelerus +0.922

10 H. Soomer +1.039

 

Free Practices & Superpole Combined Results

 

1 L. Mahias 1’33.160

2 F. Caricasulo 1’33.519

3 K. Sofuoglu 1’33.540

4 S. Cortese 1’33.812

5 A. West 1’33.843

6 L. Stapleford 1’33.973

  1. R. Krummenacher 1’34.094

8 R. De Rosa 1’34.329

9 J. Cluzel 1’34.333

10 A. Badovini 1’34.438

15 N. Tuuli CIA Landlord Insurance Honda 1’34.997