CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider Niki Tuuli delivered a top ten finish in today’s World Supersport race at Imola in Italy.
Starting from fifteenth on the grid Tuuli made a good start and fought his way through the field to hold fifth position for most of the 17-lap race. After a coming together with West at the end of the race, Tuuli relinquished that position to Krummenacher and finished in seventh place.
Tuuli said: “First of all finally I got a good start and I think my first lap was really good I passed many riders but I still need to improve a lot in the first eight laps and use the new tyre because there I am losing most of the time. It feels like I can’t push more even with a new tyre. By the end of the race it is coming better for me, it feels that was my best race of the year still the gap to the front is big, the fifth place was there. I’m really happy but we still need to improve to get a good starting position. We still continue the fight.”
Fellow CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider Andrew Irwin also made a good start from his grid position of twenty-second to deliver another strong points scoring performance in fourteenth.
Irwin said: “The race started good I got a decent start then on lap 3 Badovini crashed so I lost my tow to the ones in front. I had a bit of a battle for 14th/15th and I ended up 14th. Coming into the weekend I wanted points and sometimes when you get what you want you’re still not satisfied but I can’t be disappointed it’s two weekends in a row with points and the first time I’ve come to a new track and got points so I think we are starting to get some continuity, some flow. We go to Donington next which is a track I know really well and hopefully we can be in the points. It should be a much easier weekend knowing the track we can get the best set-up earlier. I’m really looking forward to it. Thanks to my crew chief Kor, my mechanic Matia and the rest of the team.”
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “It was a really good start by both Niki and Andrew. The first few laps Niki did pass some riders and move forward again you have to say that earlier in the race he should have been faster than he was. Niki is improving but I would say the adjustment from Yamaha to Honda has taken longer than we and he would have expected but another good top ten finish so that’s a good job by the team.”
“Another points finish for Andrew. This is a really hard track to come to when you’ve never been before it’s also been really hot this weekend and dealing with the heat is probably one of the bigger things Andrew has had to adjust to compared to being in the UK last year. So that’s two top fifteen finishes in a row and we go to our home round at Donington Park now and obviously Andrew knows the track well so he really is now making big strides forward. Congratulations to Andrew and all of our team.”
1 J. Cluzel
2 F. Caricasulo +0.363
3 R. de Rosa +0.906
4 S. Cortese +0.990
5 R. Krummenacher +14.270
6 A. West +15.844
7 N. Tuuli CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +16.199
8 L. Mahias +16.200
9 L Stapleford +18.471
10 H. Okubo +20.206
14 A. Irwin CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +38.549