Tuuli completes first race of Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in points19/09/2020
The Avant Ajo MotoE rider finishes the first contest of Round 4 of the MotoE World Cup in 13th place, despite serving a double ‘long lap’ penalty for a jump-start.
The Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli hosted the first race of the weekend for the FIM MotoE World Cup this Saturday. Niki Tuuli finished in 13th position in a tough contest for the Avant Ajo MotoE rider, who had to serve a double ‘long lap’ penalty for jumping the start. However, the Finn showed great pace during the 7 laps.
Saturday at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was a very busy day for the Avant Ajo MotoE, starting with the E-Pole session. Niki Tuuli was the sixth rider out on track, following the order established by the combined times from Free Practices. On his flying lap, the Finn stopped the clock at 1:43.850, his personal best for the weekend so far. With this result, Tuuli secured 9th position on the grid for the Race 1.
Later in the afternoon, the fourth contest of the 2020 FIM MotoE World Cup got underway. Tuuli, who started from the third row, managed to maintain his position into the first corner. He was riding with the leading group when the Finn was sanctioned with a double ‘long lap’ penalty for a jump-start. The Avant Ajo MotoE rider finished in 13th place.
Tomorrow at 10:05 am, the Avant Ajo MotoE and Niki Tuuli will face the second contest of the weekend, which will also be 7 laps in duration. The starting grid will be composed according to the results of Race 1, so the Finn will start from 13th.
Results – Race 1
1. Dominique Aegerter 12:11.346
2. Jordi Torres +0.103
3. Matteo Ferrari +0.075
4. Mattia Casadei +2.531
5. Tommaso Marcon +6.578
13. Niki Tuuli (Avant Ajo MotoE) +17.538
MotoE World Cup Standing 2020
1. Dominique Aegerter 82 points
2. Jordi Torres 63 points
3. Matteo Ferrari 61 points
4. Mattia Casadei 51 points
5. Xavier Simeon 35 points
17. Niki Tuuli (Avant Ajo MotoE) 8 points
66 NIKI TUULI
“It’s a shame, as today we had a good chance of getting a great result. I made a mistake on the grid because it seemed to me that another rider was already moving, so I moved forward early. That has never happened to me before.
The first part of the contest was difficult, as there were quite a few incidents. I tried to regain concentration after everything that had happened, but the two long lap penalties left me with no chance of fighting with those at the front. I dedicated the rest of the race to gathering as much information as possible for tomorrow’s round, in which I hope to have a great performance.”