AJO MotoE’s pole-sitter Niki Tuuli has revealed his surprise with his E-Pole-winning margin today, but believes tomorrow’s very first FIM Enel MotoE World Cup race could still be a close scrap.
The Finn ended with 0.787sec to spare over his closest challenger Hector Garzo as he powered to the first pole position of the season today after ending both FP1 and FP2 on Friday as the session runner-up.
But with a brand new series set to get underway tomorrow, Tuuli feels everyone will be coming out fighting.
“I was quite happy about the lap time but I didn’t feel it was coming that good,” he admitted. Already from yesterday I feel quite good with what we are doing. I was always in the top four, top three, so we made some little modifications for the setting.
“It’s difficult because we only have one lap. I was quite nervous waiting all day for the one lap, but it’s something new and it’s really nice and a good show – it works well I think.
“I was surprised about that. I didn’t’ feel it was coming so fast. Also I make a couple small mistakes but in this lap I was really good in the end so I’m really happy about that.
“I think everyone has the same plan for the whole race tomorrow because it’s only eight laps. The main thing is we are on the front row and I think also here it’s really important because the first corner is really tight.
“My gap right now is quite a bit, but this is a new thing for everybody so I expect a tight race tomorrow.”