CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider Niki Tuuli claimed more valuable Championship points in today’s World Supersport race at Motorland Aragon and retains seventh place in the Championship standings.
Starting the race in 13th position on the fifth row of the grid, Tuuli didn’t get a great start and dropped a few positions but he stuck to the task and fought back to bring it home in eighth place.
Tuuli said: “I started the race with really good feeling the bike was working well but I got such a bad start. I’m looking forward to Assen I like the track a lot. I just need to start Friday practice like I started in Superpole here. Thanks to the team.”
Rookie teammate Andrew Irwin made a further improvement of four tenths of a second in the morning warm-up session and achieved his target of another top twenty finish in the 16-lap race.
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “Eighth position is another improvement for Niki, a step forward. Obviously we need to do more but we are getting there. Niki is starting to have a better feeling for the bike and we as a team are starting to understand how to get the best from him. We would like to be higher, we want it Niki wants it and we are all capable of it but after three rounds we are in the top ten and we are going in the right direction. Assen has always been a good circuit for our team and Niki likes the track so we’ll go there in a positive frame of mind, confident that we can improve more and move closer to the front of the field.”
“Andrew lost a couple of places when he had a coming together with Soomer on the last lap but it was a much stronger race for him than Thailand and good for his confidence. He’s starting to improve and he’s going to Assen, a track that he knows so we need to look for the points for him and for Niki to break into the top six. All in all an improved weekend for both riders.”
1 S. Cortese
2 F. Caricasulo +1.426
3 J. Cluzel +1.639
4 L. Mahias +5.533
5 K. Smith +14.201
6 L. Stapleford +14.610
7 S. Morais +14.771
8 N. Tuuli CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +18.507
9 A. West +18.590
10 R. Hartog +20.108
20 A. Irwin CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +49.372