PTR Triumph head to Most in the Czech Republic for the eighth round of the 2023 FIM Supersport World Championship this weekend.
Local hero Ondrej Vostatek was initially lined up as a wildcard entry for the Acerbis Czech Round but with Harry Truelove ruled out recovering from the injuries he sustained at Donington Park, Vostatek now makes his return to the World Supersport category on his home ground as a substitute for Truelove.
Ondrej Vostatek: ““I’m really happy to be part of the team PTR Triumph and I need to thank them for giving me a chance to ride for them on my home soil at Most. I have already tested for a day at Most so I got a nice taste of the bike and I’m feeling really comfortable with it, also I started to understand more of the bike philosophy so I’m really excited and motivated to do the best result I can do.”
Teammate Niki Tuuli crashed out of fourth place in race one and was declared unfit to start the second race at Imola two weeks ago but after rehabilitation on his wrist in the intervening days, the young Finn is feeling confident as he arrives at Most.
Niki Tuuli: “I’m quite impatient for Most. Unfortunately my weekend ended too early at Imola but I’m really happy that we found a way to make me ride faster. I felt so much better in every area so that gave me more confidence and motivation to push forward, so I hope we can make a really good weekend at Most. I have been having physiotherapy and training a lot during this break, I still have some pain in my wrist but it will be ok. I just can’t wait to start the weekend, it’s quite a tricky track but I think it will be good for us, just need to work really well from Friday. I can’t wait to finally make a good weekend.”
PTR Triumph Team Manager Simon Buckmaster: “Harry Truelove is not fit to ride this round after not being able to complete three races following his race one crash at Donington and now Ondrej Vostatek will substitute for him. We are looking forward to this round. Niki is coming back from injury. When he got home to Finland he went to see a specialist for an MRI scan and there’s no break so he was straight away having physiotherapy to be in the best possible condition to race here at Most this weekend. We’re not sure he will be 100% but he’s put every effort into being as fit as possible. Ondrej did a two-day track day here on his bike which is the same as our race bike and he will race Harry’s race bike. Although he doesn’t have a lot of experience on a Triumph, he did a really competitive lap time on the track day so we are very optimistic for him and we welcome him to the team. We’re excited to work with him here at his home round in Most and we’re looking for the best possible results. We need to show what the bike is capable of and what we as a team are capable of.”