Tuuli has top six in sights at Assen

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda’s Niki Tuuli improved on his morning lap time by seven tenths of a second during Superpole 2 today to finish top Honda in eighth position.  Tuuli starts tomorrow’s 18-lap World Supersport race at the Cathedral of Speed from the third row of the grid with the very real prospect of a top six finish in his sights.

Tuuli said: “We made a big improvement from the last races, also from yesterday I improved my riding a lot.  I’ve been thinking much more what I’m doing on the track and that’s almost the biggest point.  The bike feels much better and the lap time is coming step by step.  I’m really happy about this third row it’s really good for me right now.  If we can find some little things for tomorrow we can fight for a really good position.  Thanks to the team.”

Fellow CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider Andrew Irwin made another improvement in Superpole 1 posting a lap of 1’40.242 and will start from a WSS career best of 20th position on the seventh row of the grid.

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “We made a big step here and I’m happy we’ve qualified eighth.  Niki has started to find the rhythm, to understand the bike and us him.  That’s a really good effort and a boost for Niki and all of us as a team so great work by everybody.  I think it is realistic to say we are now in touching distance and can fight for top 6 in the race.  Now we have made this step of a competitive lap time, only seven tenths off the pole, and if we can make another small step with the bike it’s not unrealistic to say we could fight for the podium.  Ok Niki is eighth but look at the quality of the field in WSS, it’s immense.”

“Andrew is 20th but again we can talk about the depth of field and how well everybody is riding.  He is only one tenth faster than he was on a 14-lap old tyre from this morning so he should be into the 39s, he should be higher but he just overrode it a little bit and didn’t maximise the potential of two new tyres, he knows that.  He is happy with the bike and working really well with his crew.  He’s stepped up from qualifying 26th in Aragon and he has the chance to fight for some points tomorrow.  So overall a good day for the team and we are starting to step forward to where we want to be.  I’m happy for everyone in the CIA Landlord Insurance Honda team and looking forward to what will be another great race with so many riders so close in times.  It will be a great race for the fans and we are looking forward to it as a team.”

 

The lights go out for Round 4 of the World Supersport Championship tomorrow at 11:30 (local time).

 

Results Superpole 1

1 S. Morais 1’38.763

2 K. Smith +0.222

3 A. Badovini +0.371

4 T. Gradinger +0.626

5 H. Soomer +0.669

6 S. Hill +0.950

7 L. Cresson +1.012

8 W. Tessels +1.066

9 E. Lahti +1.107

10 A. Irwin CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +1.479

 

Free Practices & Superpole Combined Results

1 S. Cortese 1’37.799

2 L. Mahias 1’38.085

3 R. De Rosa 1’38.109

4 J. Cluzel 1’38.192

5 L. Stapleford 1’38.249

6 R. Krummenacher 1’38.337

7 F. Caricasulo 1’38.569

8 N. Tuuli CIA Landlord Insurance Honda 1’38.594

9 S. Morais 1’38.718

10 K. Smith 1’38.851

20 A. Irwin CIA Landlord Insurance Honda 1’40.242