After only a few days off following round three of the 2018 FIM Supersport World Championship at Motorland Aragon in Spain, Niki Tuuli and the CIA Landlord Insurance Honda racing team headed to Assen, Netherlands, for the Motul Dutch Round at TT Assen Circuit.
In Assen, Tuuli kept his 2018 trend alive as he improved yet again, earning seventh place on the weekend in the wake of his first appearance in Superpole 2 (the qualifying session where the top-12 fastest racers from timed practice fight for pole position on Sunday's starting grid), where he set the eighth fastest lap time landing him a third-row spot for the start of the race.
In Sunday's race, Tuuli’s jump off the grid from P8 wasn’t his best, but after losing a couple positions he kept his sights on the lead pack and rode on to capture his best finish since last November in Qatar. Despite the improvement, Tuuli still isn’t pleased with his performance, and the young racer knows he can do better.
“Today’s result was good, but my riding was not,” Tuuli explained following the race. “I lost a couple of positions right in the start and then couldn't keep myself in the first group. I have to concentrate on my riding and keep the frustration away. Anyhow, a positive weekend and a step forward. Many thanks to my hard working team and all others!”
Dutch Round World Supersport Race Results
2018 FIM Supersport World Championship Standings
1. Lucas Mahias 71 Yamaha
2. Randy Krummenacher 70 Yamaha
3. Sandro Cortese 64 Yamaha
4. Jules Cluzel 50 Yamaha
5. Federico Caricasulo 49 Yamaha
6. Luke Stapleford 38 Triumph
7. Raffaele De Rosa 35 Mv Agusta
8. Niki Tuuli 29 Honda
9. Kyle Smith 19 Honda
10. Thomas Gradinger 18 Yamaha
11. Anthony West 17 Kawasaki
12. Loris Cresson 17 Yamaha
13. Rob Hartog 14 Kawasaki
14. Ayrton Badovini 12 Mv Agusta
15. Thitipong Warokorn 11 Kawasaki
16. Sheridan Morais 9 Kawasaki
17. Ratthapong Wilairot 8 Yamaha
18. Hannes Soomer 5 Honda
19. Jack Kennedy 4 Triumph
20. Eemeli Lahti 4 Suzuki
21. Andrew Irwin 3 Honda
22. Kenan Sofuoglu 3 Kawasaki
23. Wayne Tessels 2 Kawasaki
24. Michael Canducci 2 Kawasaki
25. Decha Kraisart 2 Yamaha
26. Hikari Okubo 2 Kawasaki
27. Stefan Hill 1 Triumph
28. Tom Toparis 1
Follow along as the WorldSBK series lands in Imola, Italy, next week for the Pata Italian Round at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari.
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