NUVIZ’s Niki Tuuli Joins SIC Racing Team In Moto2 Championship
After a whirlwind of news spreading throughout the MotoGP paddock, we’re excited to finally announce that NUVIZ team rider Niki Tuuli will be taking over Zulfahmi Khairuddin’s spot on SIC Racing Team as a permanent replacement in the Moto2 championship starting this weekend in Le Mans at the HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France.
The 22-year-old from Imatra, Finland, currently sits eighth in this year’s FIM Supersport World Championship after five races, and will make the jump to the premier series of professional motorcycle racing for the first time to fulfill a lifelong dream of joining the Grand Prix paddock.
“First of all, I want say thanks to the SIC Racing Team for this opportunity,” Tuuli stated following the break of the news. “I’m really excited and looking forward to this upcoming challenge. Moto2 has been one of my dreams and now it’s a reality.”While being faced with the challenges of adapting to a new bike, a 600cc Kalex machine, as well as new tracks, Tuuli has been racing 600cc motorcycles for quite some time now and should quickly feel right at home on the unfamiliar equipment. “I’ve been riding 600cc bikes since 2012,” he explained. “The first six years were with Yamaha and now this season I’ve been riding with Honda. Obviously Moto2 is different than Supersport, but the SIC Racing Team is a good team with lots of experience, so with their help I believe I can adapt well to the Moto2 class. I want to get the best results I can and perform as well as possible, but at the same time I need to be patient and focus on adapting to the Moto2 class every lap and every session.”