Tuuli well inside the points at Philip Island

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider Niki Tuuli scored a strong points finish in today’s incident packed Australian World Supersport race.


Tuuli finished a determined 11th in the reduced to 9-lap sprint at Philip Island despite a problem with the quickshifter on the Honda CBR600RR and takes away 5 valuable Championship points.


Tuuli said: “The end was quite positive even if the result was not what we hoped but it was better than all the practices and qualifying.  The first start was better, it felt like I could catch the group but then the red flag came out.  The second start after the first lap the quickshifter didn’t work so riding was quite difficult but still I rode better lap times than most of the weekend.  The most important thing to me is I found my smooth riding and my lap time was coming better so at the end my feeling is better.  The team did a really good job because everything we did to the bike didn’t work because it came from my head.  We have to focus for Thailand and I know we will come back stronger.”


CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “Eleventh is not what we were looking for, we need to be challenging for the podium and the win but it just didn’t click with Niki this weekend.  After the tyre failure on Tuesday in the test and his big off he was just trying too hard.”

“The race was better after the red flag, it should have been 16-laps with a pit stop but ended up being a 9-lap race, he didn’t get a good start and had a problem with the quickshifter but fair play to him he continued riding and rode a better consistent race.”

“Last year we didn’t score in the first two rounds and we still challenged for the title and finished third so it is still all to play for.  The team did a great job, everybody worked really well, it’s not been an easy event for us with Andrew Irwin’s Chief Mechanic hospitalised at the start of the week and then Andrew breaking his hand but everybody kept their spirits up and did a great job.  Whilst the result might not be what we were looking for we go to Thailand in a positive state of mind, confident we can challenge near the front where we can and should be.”


Results Race


1 L. Mahias

2 R. Krummenacher +1.274

3 S. Cortese +1.517

4 F. Caricasulo +1.556

5 L. Stapleford +4.270

6 R. De Rosa +6.696

7 J. Cluzel +14.403

8 K. Smith +14.476

9 A. Badovini +14.926

10 T. Gradinger +15.124

11 N. Tuuli CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +16.545