CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider Niki Tuuli fought through from the sixth row of the grid to finish ninth in today’s 17-lap World Supersport race at Chang International Circuit and takes away more valuable Championship points to build upon.
Tuuli said: “My start position wasn’t that good but we still hoped to get good points. First of all I got a much better start than in Australia but it wasn’t perfect. The first 6 to 8 laps I was losing a lot with the new tyre but I found my own riding step by step and I improved to the end. I’m happy we got points. At Aragon we have to think what we can do because the problem is my own riding. We are seventh in the Championship so we still have a chance, I just have to relax and be my own self on the track. Big thanks to the team how they understand and support me, it’s really nice.”
It was teammate Andrew Irwin’s first experience of racing in the intense Thai heat but he achieved his aim of finishing inside the top twenty in his first World Supersport race.
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager said: “From 18th on the grid to finish 9th we must be happy. We made a setting change for the race which gave Niki more confidence in the front., we’ve only ever had one rider ride a front fork setting like this before and that was Kyle Smith. Niki appreciates that he needs to adapt his riding style to get the very best out of the Honda. This result shows again what a great team unit CIA Landlord Insurance Honda are and I am very proud of everyone and happy for Niki. We are still some way behind in seventh so we need to chase that down and never give up.”
“Andrew has got his first WSS race under his belt. His aim was top twenty and it’s been a good learning experience for him to build on going into the next round at Aragon.”
1 R. Krummenacher
2 L. Mahias +0.048
3 F. Caricasulo +1.213
4 S. Cortese +2.917
5 T. Warokorn +9.100
6 A. West +11.426
7 R. De Rosa +11.583
8 R. Wilarot +12.188
9 N. Tuuli CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +19.454
10 L. Stapleford +20.675
20 A. Irwin CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +51.236