Tuuli the first ever STK600 race winner from Finland

Thursday, 1 May 2014 08:14 GMT

The 18 year old from Imatra now leads the title race.

Finland's national anthem was played for the first time at the end of a FIM Europe Superstock 600 Championship last Saturday, when 18 year old Niki Tuuli (Kallio Racing Team Yamaha) climbed on top of the podium after clinching his career first race win in the category. The Finnish rider made the most out of wet conditions at the Assen TT Circuit, eventually crossing the line with a five second gap over second place Kevin Manfredi, who made a small mistake after overtaking the rival with two laps to go.

After two rounds completed, Tuuli leads the standings with 38 points, 6 more than Dutchman Wayne Tessels (Wayne Racing Team Suzuki).

"The race weekend at Assen was a really good one for me" Niki Tuuli told "because for once I already knew the track. That helped me focusing on finding a good set-up straight away, but unfortunately in qualifying I didn't have a chance for a clean lap as there were many riders on my way during each attempt. I started the race from the eleventh place on the grid, I know I'm good under wet conditions and so I pushed hard and tried to pull away from the rest of the field. Manfredi overtook me with a couple of laps to go, but then he made a mistake and so I managed to get a fairly comfortable win. I would like to thank the Kallio Racing Team for the amazing work they did during the weekend and my looking forward to the next round at Imola."