Avant Ajo MotoE prepared for first race of the year at Jerez18/07/2020
Niki Tuuli has a solid performance in the first E-Pole of 2020 and will start from the third row of the grid tomorrow.
The Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit hosted the first E-Pole of the 2020 FIM Enel MotoE World Cup season on Saturday. Avant Ajo MotoE and Niki Tuuli played a strong role in both FP3 and the subsequent qualifying session, confirming the good feeling they had from previous days. The Finnish rider will start Round 1 from the third row of the grid, in 9th position.
In the last Free Practice session, Niki Tuuli continued to take steps forward, lowering his time from Friday. These improvements led the Avant Ajo MotoE rider to finish the session 8th, stopping the clock at 1:48.954. The Finn completed a total of 8 laps, devoted to fine-tuning the setup of his electric motorcycle.
Hours later, Tuuli was the 10th rider to go out on track for E-Pole, due to the combined times from the three practice sessions. The 24-year-old was on a fast lap when he suffered a slight scare at the exit of Turn 13, forcing him to brake and, as a consequence, lose several tenths. Finally, he will start from 9th position, on the third row of the grid.
The 7-lap first FIM MotoE World Cup race of 2020 will get underway tomorrow at 10:05 am CEST.
Results – E-Pole
1. Eric Granado 1:48:620
2. Lukas Tulovic 1:48.811 +0.191
3. Dominique Aegerter 1:48.876 +0.256
4. Matteo Ferrari 1:48.945 +0.325
5. Alejandro Medina 1:48.996 +0.376
9. Niki Tuuli (Avant Ajo MotoE) 1:49.372 +0.752
66 NIKI TUULI
“I felt good in the morning. We have shown that we have a strong pace, although we lacked being able to do one or two fast laps. As for the E-Pole, I find it very difficult to set a fast time over a single lap. We need more confidence under braking so that we feel comfortable pushing a little more. I’m comfortable with the bike and I know that little by little we will improve in these other aspects. Now is the time to focus on tomorrow’s race and give everything that we have.”