The best battle of the second FIM Supersport World Championship race from Magny-Cours belonged to PTR Triumph’s Niki Tuuli with another fierce race-long fight with Schroetter which saw the Finn ultimately take fifth at the flag.
On-form Tuuli got a good start to the 19-lap race which once again took place in blistering conditions at the French circuit and quickly settled into his groove, lapping consistently and with good pace to deliver another solid performance.
Niki Tuuli: “Overall I’m happy with the weekend, I think we made a step from past weekends. I think the test also helped us to feel better immediately for the weekend. Normally here I’ve always done quite well so that helps that I like the track. We tried some changes from yesterday, didn’t really improve but the pace was quite good so I’m satisfied how we worked this weekend. Of course we need to improve but we are going in the right direction which is the most important thing. I can’t wait for the next race, thanks to the team.”
Teamate Ondrej Vostatek narrowly missed out on scoring his first points with PTR Triumph finishing in P16 but with a much-improved performance from the young Czech rider.
Ondrej Vostatek: “Race Two was better, we found a really good solution for hard braking but from lap 10 I started to struggle a bit. I lost some time there and it was difficult to recover it so it was my mistake and I think in Aragon we will be stronger.”
PTR Triumph Team Manager Simon Buckmaster: “Another strong ride by Niki for fifth place there was a mistake when he dropped back a couple of positions. He came back from that but there was too much of a gap to Schroetter so he finished fifth. Another strong race, we need to keep building on that to have strong finish to the season for the best Championship position possible. With Ondrej the pace was there, he got to the points but then he did a couple of slower laps and he finished sixteenth. All the potential is there, this is a learning experience in his adjustment from an in-line four cyclinder machine so we take heart from that result and I’m sure we will get him to the points soon. Let’s look forward to Aragon.”