66 Niki Tuuli

Born (age)26th November 1995 (22)
Height181 cm
Weight65 kg
Nationalityfin Finland
First Grand PrixFrench GP 2018
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Niki Tuuli (born in Imatra, Finland, November 26, 1995) started riding in 2004 with minimotos. His grandfather and his father (the latter a successful rider in his home country, as well as being the first Finn to compete in a SuperSport race) influenced him to become a rider.

His progress led him to ride a 600cc bike for the first time in 2012 in the IDM Yamaha R6 Cup, a competition that he would end up winning. In 2013 he would make the move up to the European SuperStock600 series, where over the course of three seasons he would claim 5 podiums and 1 victory, achieving fourth place overall in 2014 as best result.

2016 was a noteworthy year for the Finn. After putting his sporting career on the backburner with the disappearance of the European SuperStock600 series and having to undertake mandatory military service in Finland, he participated as a wildcard at three of the final four SuperSport World Championship races, taking the podium in all of them. He also won the Finnish Championship that year.

His brilliant appearances in WorldSSP earned him an opportunity to compete as a full time rider for the 2017 season. Under the tutelage of Vesa Kallio (brother of Mika Kallio), Tuuli took two podiums and one pole position during that year, finishing 7th overall.

In 2018 he has participated in five WorldSSP races (he is currently 8th in the overall standings), before receiving the proposal from Petronas Sprinta Racing to start an exciting challenge together in the Moto2 World Championship.

 

Racing career

2018: WorldSSP (8th – 38 points) / 5 races
2017: WorldSSP (7th – 82 points)
2016: WorldSSP (10th – 60 points) / 3 races
2015: European SuperStock600 (5th) // WorldSSP (26th – 7 points) / 1 race
2014: European SuperStock600 (4th)
2013: European SuperStock600 (14th)