After a mixed bag of a start to the 2023 FIM Supersport World Championship at Philip Island, Dynavolt Triumph’s Niki Tuuli and Harry Truelove are ready for more as the series moves to Indonesia for round two this coming weekend.
Finland’s Tuuli left Australia sixth in the championship standings after a P4 in race one, followed up with a disappointing ninth in race two. The 27-year-old is looking for better feeling as he arrives at the Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit on the island of Lombok.
Niki Tuuli: “I am really happy to come back to Mandalika, it has always been a place where I feel really good to ride. Also the last two years I had good results here so I hope we can start the weekend well from Friday just to find a good feeling to ride. We need to work hard for sure to make a good result. I’m feeling ready to start the weekend, I hope we can leave Indonesia with a really good result for the upcoming races in Europe. We just need to work hard and I think we will be on the top, fighting for the podium.”
Rookie Harry Truelove impressed with a solid point-scoring eleventh place in his first World Supersport race and will be looking to make amends in Indonesia for the ‘no-fault’ DNF in race two last Sunday.
Harry Truelove: “Following Philip Island I feel positive coming to Mandalika. We made some good steps over the weekend and my race one result is definitely reflective of that. I’m looking forward to learning this new track and hopefully making some more steps with the bike.”
Dynavolt Triumph Team Manager Simon Buckmaster: “Here we are arriving at round two Mandalika in Indonesia, one week on from Philip Island which was good and bad for us. Obviously fourth in the first race for Niki in the very changeable conditions was a really good perfomance and showed good wet weather pace which bodes well. Also, a good ride by Harry, he had really good feel of our bike in the rain. We have to look to get Harry in the points in both races this weekend and build on his WSS education and growth. Niki ninth in race two was disappointing for us. We need to work with him on all sides to improve the feel on the front when he needs to get the bike turning hard so he can get a good exit which hurt us a bit in that second race. Obviously that is why he was struggling to get through the field. We have to put that behind us we are coming to a track that was good for us last year so it was a good track for our bike last year, we like it here, it’s a really friendly place, We can’t wait to get started, we know we have to work hard let’s hope we get the results to reward our effort and strength together as a team.”
World Supersport action kicks off with Free Practice One on Friday at 09:00hrs (local time).