SERIES leader Niki Tuuli insists there’s no pressure from himself or his team after making history as the first FIM Enel MotoE winner today at the Sachsenring.
The Ajo Motorsport man converted his pole position into 25 championship points this morning in Germany, but had been in a tussle with Bradley Smith for much of the race – with little to choose between the two.
After dominating E-Pole yesterday, Tuuli admitted he knew he was in good form – but a late suspension change to cope with today’s early shower and changeable weather almost cost him victory.
“Yesterday I was really good in the one lap and we had a really good setting on the bike, but today the weather was really difficult we didn’t really know,” he revealed.
“We saw it was getting dry but how dry it is and where the wet patches were we didn’t know. So we made the bike a little bit softer and when I go to the first corner, I hit the bottom straight away and I feel then that it was too soft.
“I struggled a bit, I tried to take it easy for the first two laps and then I saw everybody passing me and everybody was riding really aggressive. So I try to push after the second lap a little bit more because I couldn’t brake so hard.
“Unfortunately we didn’t make every lap but I make a small gap and we saw we have the speed so that’s a good start for the MotoE career.”
Tuuli has already started to enjoy the new paddock and while it may be a new challenge for the riders with less track time, he says he’s happy with the format.
“I like the atmosphere in the MotoE championship, as everything is much simpler and the riders push for results, but also enjoy riding the bike.
“Of course getting the victory is an unbeatable start to the year. There’s no pressure for me, I’ll just try to have fun and do well in the next race.”