Bad luck chased the EAB Racing Team in Barcelona

Last weekend the EAB Racing Team rode its second race of the season. This time the FIM World Supersport Championship was hosted at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on the weekend of March 22 to 24. Despite Niki Tuuli’s good progress, the desired results were not achieved. The duo leaves Spain with a sixteenth place in race one and a DNF in the second race.

The team started on Friday with a completely different set-up compared to Australia. This worked out well and Niki immediately felt a lot better on the Ducati Panigale V2 machine. He ended the free practice with a strong feeling. With a few changes and the SCX tire the team started the Superpole session. We knew that within a few laps the tires would deteriorate, so we only had a few laps for a time attack. Just in the fast lap Niki got stuck behind another rider, resulting in track limits. This put an end to the fast lap time and starting position. Then it was difficult to attack because of the drop of the tires. This meant a sixteenth starting place for the races later in the weekend.

On Saturday morning Niki started the Warm-Up strongly and clocked the third fastest time. The feeling for the races was good. The Ducati rider got off a good start and moved up to eighth place. But suddenly he had a jump start and therefore had to take two longlap penalties. As a result, the race for a good position was over early. With a lot of pushing, he asked a lot from the tires, which was also completely gone at the end. Niki crosses the line in sixteenth place.

Bad luck once again haunted the team during the second race. He shows good pace and fights his way forward until the red flag came out. With the restart Niki found it difficult to move and lost a lot of ground. Due to a collision with another rider, Niki was forced to go through the gravel and the race was already lost. As a result, he entered the pit lane early.

Kor Veldman: “Luck was not on our side this weekend. On the other hand, we have improved a lot, especially Niki’s feeling on the bike. Unfortunately, bad luck followed us a bit, which started at Superpole. Here a good lap time was taken away by track limits. The first race started with a jump start and a double longlap penalty, which meant the race was over early. In the second race we started strong until the red flag situation. After the restart it was simply not good, the start was bad and Niki ended up off the track. We will take the positive points with us to Assen where the pieces will fall into the right place.”

Niki Tuuli: “I am disappointed again. This is not the season start where we hoped for. We need to improve more every weekend and to adapt to the bike more and more. I just need to learn better how to ride the Ducati better and to make the steps in the weekend. Then the speed will be better and can built on that. I want to thank the EAB Racing Team for their hard work, we will continue to work.

The EAB Racing Team will now prepare for their home round at the TT Circuit in Assen. The FIM World Supersport will take place in the weekend of April 19 to 21, where we will once again give everything for a good ranking.

Pech achtervolgt het EAB Racing Team in Barcelona

Afgelopen weekend reed het EAB Racing Team zijn tweede wedstrijd van het seizoen. Ditmaal was het FIM World Supersport kampioenschap te gast op het Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in het weekend van 22 tot en met 24 maart. Ondanks de goede progressie van Niki Tuuli bleven de gewenste resultaten uit. Met een zestiende plaats in race een en uitval beurt in de tweede wedstrijd verlaat het duo Spanje.

De vrijdag startte het team met een compleet andere set-up ten opzichte van Australië. Dit pakte goed uit en Niki voelde zich direct een stuk beter op de Ducati Panigale V2 machine. Hij sloot de vrije training af met een sterk gevoel. Met een paar verandering en de SCX-band begon het team aan de Superpole sessie. We wisten dat binnen enkele ronden de banden achteruit zouden gaan, dus we hadden maar enkele ronden voor een tijdaanval.  Net in de snelle ronde kwam Niki vast te zitten achter een andere rijder, wat resulteerde in tracklimits. Hierdoor ging er een streep door de snelle rondetijd en startpositie. Vervolgens was het moeilijk om een aanval te doen, vanwege de slijtage van de banden. Dit betekende een zestiende startplaats voor de wedstrijden later in het weekend.

Zaterdagmorgen begon Niki de Warm-Up sterk en klokte hier een derde tijd. Het gevoel voor de wedstrijden was dan ook zeer goed. De Ducati coureur kwam goed van zijn plek en stootte door naar de achtste plek. Vervolgens kregen we te horen dat hij een jumpstart had en hierdoor twee longlap penalty’s moesten nemen. Hierdoor was de race voor een goede klassering vroegtijdig voorbij. Met veel pushen vergde hij veel van de achterband die aan het einde ook helemaal op was. Meer dan een zestiende plek in de eerste race was dan ook niet mogelijk

Pech achtervolgd het team wederom tijdens de laatste wedstrijd. Hij laat een goed tempo zien en knokte zich naar voren totdat de rode vlag uitkwam. Met de herstart kwam Niki lastig van zijn plek en verloor veel terrein. Door een aanvaring met een andere rijder moest Niki noodgedwongen door het grind en was de wedstrijd al verloren. Hierdoor zocht hij vroegtijdig de pitstraat op.

Kor Veldman: “Het geluk was niet aan onze zijde dit weekend. Aan de andere kant hebben we veel verbeterd met name het gevoel op de motor bij Niki. Helaas achtervolgde de pech ons een beetje, wat begon bij de Superpole. Hier werd een goede rondetijd ontnomen door tracklimits. De eerste wedstrijd begon met een jumpstart en een dubbele longlap penalty, hierdoor was de race eigenlijk al vroegtijdig over. In de tweede race begonnen we sterk tot de rode vlag situatie. Na de herstart was het simpelweg niet goed, de start was slecht en Niki kwam buiten de baan terecht. We nemen de positieve punten mee naar Assen waarbij de puzzelstukken op de juiste plaats vallen”

Niki Tuuli: “Ik ben opnieuw teleurgesteld. Dit is niet de seizoenstart waar we op hoopten. We moeten ons elk weekend meer verbeteren en ons steeds meer aan de motor aanpassen. Ik moet gewoon beter leren rijden op de Ducati en de stappen maken in het weekend. Dan zal de snelheid beter worden en kunnen we daarop voortbouwen. Ik wil het EAB Racing Team bedanken voor hun werk, we blijven hard werken.”

Het EAB Racing Team gaat zich nu klaarmaken voor hun thuisronde op het TT Circuit in Assen. Deze wedstrijd zal plaats vinden in het weekend van 19 tot en met 21 april, waar we wederom alles gaan geven voor een goede klassering.

Educational start to the World Supersport season in Australia for the EAB Racing Team and Niki Tuuli

The EAB Racing Team and Niki Tuuli finished its first race weekend of the 2024 season on Australian soil with a seventeenth and fourteen place. The FIM World Supersport Championship kicked off its season on the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit over the weekend of February 23 to 25. It was the first weekend with the Ducati Panigale V2 machine, which made for an educational weekend.

The official World Supersport World Championship test was completed on the Monday before the race weekend. However, the test did not go as expected for the EAB Racing Team. A large part of the test was lost due a crash and damage to the Ducati machine. As a result, the Dutch team started the race weekend with a disadvantage. Weather conditions fluctuated considerably on Phillip Island, with all-weather elements on offer. High and low temperatures, but also rain and strong winds. This characterizes the weekend in Australia.

Friday was all about the free practice and Superpole session. During the only free practice on Friday morning, the Finnish rider managed to improve his feeling with the machine, but it was still not optimal. Steps forward were also made during the Superpole, Niki managed to qualify in tenth place for the races later in the weekend.

During the races on Phillip Island a pit stop was mandatory. This had to do with the tire wear on the new asphalt of the Australian circuit. Otherwise, the tires would not have lasted the entire race. The first race of the season started at half past five Dutch time. Niki had a positive opening and remained in the top ten. However, he had to pit his Ducati machine on the fifth lap due a technical issue. He was able to continue his way but had already lost a lot of time. He had to visit the pit lane again because of the mandatory tire change. Then it was a lonely race that Niki managed to finish in seventeenth place.

The second race started much later than planned. Due a large oil trail from one of the other classes, the race started about two hours later than originally planned. This reduced the race distance to nine laps and eliminated the mandatory pit stop. Niki had not the best start and lost some places in de opening lap. After that it was difficult to find the rhythm, but he managed to score points in fourteen place.

Niki Tuuli: “It has been a difficult weekend. This already started on Monday during the test where I had a crash. It was not easy to find the feeling how to ride the bike this weekend. This made it difficult to improve the setting with the bike to have a better feeling when riding. In the end we struggled a lot and that is disappointing. I expected to have a better start to the season. We must continue the hard work and go again in Europa next month. Thanks for the EAB Racing Team for all the work.”

Kor Veldman: “We can look back on a successful weekend with a new machine and Niki Tuuli, despite some problems. We had a crash on Monday during the test and that did not help with further development. We started the race weekend with an update from Ducati, but we simply did not have enough time to test this due to the new timetable. As a result, we were behind schedule. We saw two diffrent races that we managed to finish in seventeenth and fourteenth place. We will go home with two points and will work hard again to take a step forward for Barcelona.”

The WorldSBK Championship is back in a month. Then the EAB Racing Team will be on European soil, namely during the Pirelli Catalunya Round at the Barcelona circuit in the weekend of March 22 to 24. In this meantime, the team can analyze everything and prepare for the next race.

Leerzame start van het WK Supersport seizoen in Australië voor het EAB Racing Team en Niki Tuuli

Het EAB Racing Team en Niki Tuuli sluiten zijn eerste raceweekend van het 2024 seizoen af op Australische bodem met een zeventiende en veertiende plaats. In het weekend van 23 tot en met 25 februari trapte het FIM World Supersport Championship zijn seizoen op het Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit. Het was het eerste weekend met de Ducati Panigale V2 machine, wat zorgde voor een leerzaam weekend.

Op de maandag voorafgaand aan het raceweekend werd de officiële WK Supersport test afgewerkt. Echter verliep de test niet zoals verwacht voor het EAB Racing Team. Met een valpartij en de nodige schade aan de Ducati machine ging een groot deel van de test verloren. Hierdoor begon het Nederlandse team met een achterstand aan het raceweekend. De weersomstandigheden schommelden behoorlijk op Phillip Island, waarbij alle weerselementen aanbod kwamen. Hoge en lage tempraturen maar ook regen en harde wind. Dit typeerde het wedstrijdweekend in Australië.

De vrijdag stond in het teken van de vrije training en Superpole sessie. Tijdens de enige vrije training op vrijdagochtend wist de Finse coureur zijn gevoel met de machine te verbeteren maar was daarentegen nog niet optimaal. Gedurende de Superpole werden er eveneens stappen voorwaarts gemaakt, Niki wist zich te kwalificeren op een tiende plaats voor de wedstrijden later in het weekend.

Tijdens de wedstrijden op Phillip Island moest er verplicht een pitstop worden gemaakt. Dit had te maken met de harde banden slijtage op het nieuwe asfalt van het Australische circuit. Deze zouden het anders niet de complete race volhouden. De eerste wedstrijd van het seizoen ging om half vijf Nederlandse tijd van start. Niki kende een positieve openingsfase en handhaafde zich in de top tien. Echter moest hij in de vijfde ronde zijn Ducati de pitstraat in sturen, vanwege een technisch mankement. Hij kon zijn weg vervolgen maar had intussen een forse achterstand. Daarbij moest hij nogmaals de pitstraat opzoeken vanwege de verplichte bandenwissel. Vervolgens was het een eenzame wedstijd die Niki wist finishen op een zeventiende plaats.

De tweede wedstrijd ging veel later van start dan gepland. Door een flink oliespoor van een van de andere klassen ging de wedstrijd zo ongeveer twee uur later van start dan oorspronkelijk gepland. Hierdoor werd de raceafstand teruggebracht naar een schamelijke negen ronden en verviel de verplicht pitstop. Niki had niet de beste start en verloor enkele plaatsen. Vervolgens kwam hij niet goed in zijn ritme maar weet ondanks toch punten te behalen met een veertiende plaats.

Niki Tuuli: “Het was een moeilijk weekend. Dit begon maandag tijdens de test waarbij ik crashte. Het was niet makkelijk om dit weekend het gevoel te vinden op de motor. Dit maakte het moeilijk om de afstelling te verbeteren en een beter gevoel te hebben tijdens het rijden. Uiteindelijk hebben we veel geworsteld en dat is teleurstellend. Ik had verwacht dat we een betere start van het seizoen zouden hebben. We moeten het harde werk voortzetten en ons herpakken in Europa. Bedankt aan het EAB Racing Team voor al het werk.”

Kor Veldman: “We kunnen terugkijken op een geslaagd weekend met een nieuwe machine en Niki Tuuli, ondanks enkele problemen. Maandag tijdens de test kenden wij een valpartij en dat heeft niet meegeholpen met de doorontwikkeling. Het raceweekend begonnen we met een update vanuit Ducati maar we hadden simpelweg niet genoeg tijd om dit te testen door het nieuwe tijdschema. Daardoor liepen we achter op schema. We zagen een tweetal bijzondere wedstrijden die we op een zeventiende en veertiende plek wisten af te sluiten. We gaan huiswaarts met twee punten en gaan weer hard aan het werk om voor Barcelona een stap voorwaarts te kunnen maken.”

Over een maand is het WorldSBK-kampioenschap terug. Dan is het EAB Racing Team op Europese bodem, namelijk tijdens Pirelli Catalunya Round op het circuit van Barcelona in het weekend van 22 tot en met 24 maart. In deze tussentijd kan het team alles analyseren en opmaken voor de volgende wedstrijd.

EAB Racing Team had a positive first test with Ducati and Niki Tuuli

The EAB Racing Team has officially started the new season. The Dutch team completed a two-day test at the Jerez circuit in Spain. The first impressions of both the new Ducati machine and rider Niki Tuuli were good.

It has been an intense winter period for the EAB Racing Team. The team has switched to a Ducati machine and has a new rider. Finnish rider Niki Tuuli will hunt for success together with the team. Behind the scenes there is a lot of work been done to prepare the brand-new Ducati Panigale V2 motorcycle for the new FIM World Supersport season.

The EAB Racing Team finished a two-day test under the Spanish sun at the Circuito de Jerez. A completely new setting for the team and that naturally presents challenges. In the beginning the Ducati machine experienced some problems, which were later solved. However, there were difficulties with the data which meant that the machine had to be developed based on Niki’s instincts. On the other hand, the speed was there soon and the Finnish rider showed a strong pace. It has been a valuable test for both team and rider. 

Kor Veldman: “In general we are satisfied with how the first test went with Ducati and Niki. We had some problems, but later we were faster than last year and there is certainly room for more improvement. So that is a positive end of a two-day test in Jerez. Now we are getting everything ready for the final test in Australia and then hoping that everything works as we want and can take another step forwards.”

Niki Tuuli: “For the first time we had a good test and are happy that the bike worked. In a short time, the team worked hard. Despite some issues with small details and the data. We don’t had data, so that made the test a bit harder for us. We had to it on the old way and set up the bike on how I feel. In the end I would say our race pace is good, but I need more confidence on the soft tires. For now, I am happy what we achieved. Next time we go again in Australia. Thanks for the EAB Racing Team for this test.”

The next test will take place at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Australia. This happens on the Monday and Tuesday before the race weekend kicks off in the next weekend. It is an official WorldSBK test before the first race weekend of the season starts from February 23 to 25.

EAB Racing Team kent een positieve eerste test met Ducati en Niki Tuuli

Het EAB Racing Team is het nieuwe seizoen officieel begonnen. Het Nederlandse team heeft een tweedaagse test afgewerkt op het circuit van Jerez in Spanje. De eerste indruk van zowel de nieuwe Ducati machine als coureur Niki Tuuli zijn goed bevallen.

Het is een intense winterperiode geweest voor het EAB Racing Team. Zo is het team overgestapt naar een Ducati machine en heeft het een nieuwe rijder aangetrokken. De Finse coureur Niki Tuuli zal samen met het team op jacht gaan naar successen. Achter de schermen is er dan ook veel werk verricht om de hagelnieuwe Ducati Panigale V2 motorfiets klaar te maken voor het nieuwe FIM World Supersport seizoen.

Twee dagen lang is er getest onder de Spaanse zon op het Circuito de Jerez. Een compleet nieuwe setting voor het team en dat geeft uiteraard uitdagingen met zich mee. In het begin ondervond de Ducati machine nog wat problemen, dat later werd verholpen. Echter waren er wel moeilijkheden met de data, waardoor de machine op het gevoel van Niki moest worden ontwikkeld. Daarentegen was de snelheid al gauw aanwezig en liet de Finse coureur een sterk tempo zien. Het is een waardevolle test geweest voor zowel team als rijder.

Kor Veldman: “Over het algemeen zijn we tevreden met verloop van de eerste test met Ducati en Niki. We hadden wat problemen, maar we waren al sneller dan vorig jaar en er is zeker ruimte voor meer verbetering. Dat is dus een positief einde van een tweedaagse test in Jerez. Nu gaan we alles klaar maken voor de laatste test in Australië en hopen dan dat alles werkt zoals we willen en weer een stap voorwaarts kunnen maken.”

Niki Tuuli: “We hebben een goede eerste test gehad en zijn blij dat de motor werkte. In korte tijd heeft het team hard gewerkt, ondanks enkele problemen met kleine details en de data van de motor. We hadden geen data, dus dat maakte de test voor ons iets lastiger. We moesten het op de oude manier doen en de motor afstellen zoals ik mij voelde. Uiteindelijk is onze racesnelheid goed, maar heb ik meer vertrouwen nodig op de zachte banden. Voor nu ben ik blij met wat we hebben bereikt. Op naar de volgende test in Australië. Bedankt aan het EAB Racing Team voor deze test.”

De eerstvolgende test vindt plaats op het Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Australië. Dit gebeurt op de maandag en dinsdag voorafgaand aan het eerste raceweekend van het seizoen. Het is een officiële WorldSBK-test alvorens het raceweekend van 23 tot en met 25 februari van start gaat.

EAB Racing Team and Schacht Racing will work closely together for the new World Supersport season

The EAB Racing Team is pleased to announce that they are joining forces with the Danish Schacht Racing. After being a full partner of the Dutch EAB Racing Team for more than ten years, they will work even closer together in the future for good success in the World Supersport Championship campaign. 

Schacht Racing and the EAB Racing Team have known each other for many years. The duo has worked closely together in the past, also with Ducati. This takes us back to the era of the FIM European Superstock 1000 championship. They rode with the Italian Ducati machines at European level with different riders. From now on both companies will back up each other in preparation for the upcoming season.

In the 2024 season, the World Supersport team led by Kor Veldman and Ferry Schoenmakers will receive support in various areas from Schacht Racing. For example, they will take care of the logistics work and arrange the testing options in the run-up to the new FIM World Supersport season. Conversely, the Dutch EAB Racing Team will also provide support, in the form of technical support and products for the Ducati machinery.

As the EAB Racing Team, we are extremely proud to continue this long-standing collaboration. It is a positive development for both parties and we are looking forward to the future with full motivation. Behind the scenes we are currently working hard to prepare the Ducati Panigale V2 for the upcoming season. Before the new season starts, several tests will be completed before the new season starts in Australia. Together with the Finnish rider Niki Tuuli we will hunt for great performances in the FIM Word Supersport championship.

We would like to thank Kristian Skov Petersen for this cooperation and trust. On to the next season.

Positive raceweekend for EAB Racing Team during last round in Jerez

The final raceweekend of the World Supersport Championship was held from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 October at the Spanish circuit of Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto. It was a positive end of the season for EAB Racing Team together with Glenn van Straalen. We ended the season with a tenth place in the first race and a seventh place in race two. This brings an exciting 2023 season to an end. We ended in an overall eleventh place in the 2023 World Supersport season.

The last race weekend started under wet conditions. On Friday morning the EAB Racing Team skipped the first free practice session, because the conditions were not ideal. It was unnecessary to ride because the forecast for the remainder of the weekend was dry. During the second free practice we saw some wet spots, but with the sun it quickly became dry on the Jerez circuit. However, Glenn was unable to find the ideal rhythm in this session, as the correct setting of the Yamaha YZF-R6 had not yet been fully set to his hand.

The Superpole session was on the program on Saturday morning. On a sunny Jerez, Glenn managed to significantly improve the feeling with the bike and was able to set several fast lap times. The feeling had improved a lot compared to Friday. Glenn managed to qualify in eleventh place for the races later in the weekend.

The first race of the weekend started on Saturday afternoon. It was a good race from Glenn. He remained in the top ten throughout the entire race and managed to maintain this position well. The Yamaha rider had the speed and fought in a nice group of five riders for eighth place in the race. In the final laps, Glenn was pushed out wide, causing him to end up in a wet spot. As a result, he had to join the back of the group and finished the race in tenth place. A positive first race, where we saw good and consistent speed from the young Dutchman.

During the second race Glenn got a good start and immediately makes up a few positions. Unfortunately, the 23-year-old rider had to avoid a crash in the opening lap and lost several places. Not much later we see a red flag situation resulting in a restart. The race resumes over seven laps. Once again, he had a good start and was then at the tail of the group fighting for fourth place. Towards the end of the race the group falls apart, but Glenn manages to work his way up to a decent seventh place. Glenn closes the season in eleventh place in final standings of the FIM World Supersport championship with a total of 136 point.

Glenn van Straalen: “All around we can be satisfied with the way the weekend went here in Jerez. On Friday I couldn’t quite get into my rhythm. This was different during the Superpole on Saturday. I was able to significantly improve the feeling with the bike and we managed to qualify in eleventh place. Both races were positive, with us showing a good and consistent pace. In the first race we crossed the finish line in tenth place and we finished the last race of the season in a respectable seventh place. These are good results that give confidence. It’s nice to end the season like this. I would like to thank the EAB Racing Team for the past seasons. We have great plans on the table, which we will announce soon.”

This is the end of a great area. We will part away with Glenn and Yamaha, together we showed nice things in the last couple of seasons. We are proud to had Glenn onboard and want to wish him all the luck in the future.

That was the FIM World Supersport 2023 season. It was a season with ups and downs, but the main thing is, we showed a good speed throughout the year. We want to thank everybody involved this season. The EAB Racing Team will get everything ready for the start of the new 2024 season.

EAB Racing Team starts new adventure with Niki Tuuli and Ducati in FIM World Supersport Championship 2024

EAB Schacht Racing is happy to announce their plans for upcoming FIM World Supersport campaign. The Dutch Team signs Finnish rider Niki Tuuli for the 2024 season on a brand-new Ducati machine. It is a completely new set-up, but the focus is always to secure the best results as possible. The team and rider are motivated for a new challenge.

Niki Tuuli is from Finland, he is born on 26 oktober 1995 and is 27 years old. The Finnish rider is not a strange name in the motorsport. Niki has a lot of experience in the different championships. He started his career in the European Superstock 600 championship before he moved to the World Supersport class. He also rode in the Moto2 and MotoE championship. Niki achieved many podiums during the years on different machinery, championships, and teams. He is known as a good fighter and is a professional on and off track.

The EAB Schacht Racing squad will also switch from machinery. After a couple of years riding of the Yamaha YZF-R6 the team will switch to Ducati. It is not an unknow brand for the team. They rode with Bologna based brand back in the past in the European Stock 1000 championship. But in 2024 the team will start with the Ducati Panigale V2 model in the FIM World Supersport championship. It will be a new challenge, a different bike, other technology and a new rider. All this makes it already an interesting new season. As a team we cannot wait to get the new challenge started and make it work.

Kor Veldman: “I am happy that we signed Niki Tuuli for 2024. We have had contact with each other before in the past and it is nice to start the new season together. We are therefore very confident that we can show great things together in the new season. In 2024 we will no longer ride the trusted Yamaha YZF-R6 but a Ducati V2 Panigale. This will be a new challenge for both of us as a team and for Niki. The first parts have already arrived in the workshop, so from now we can build everything up for. the first test in December. I would like to thank everyone who helped making this possible and we are going in to 2024 with full confidence.”

Niki Tuuli: “First of all I want to say thanks to the EAB Racing Team for give me this opportunity. I also want to thank the people at my side who making this possible. This is a great change for me to show the real potential and I think as a Finnish rider I will fit well in the team. I follow the team for many years and the atmosphere is good. I am motivated and me and the team will work good together. First thing to do is prepare everything ready during the winter to start the year in best way. It certainly takes time to adapt to a new bike, but the complete package is there to fight for the top spots. I am ready to start to work with the team and I am super happy with this move. On to next year and many thanks to everybody involved.”

The EAB Schacht Racing Team and Niki Tuuli will have a few test days planned before the new season will kick off. This will be important as everything will be new for both sides. We work as hard as we can to get the best preparation as possible. On this way we can start the 2024 season on the right way.

EAB Racing Team begint nieuw avontuur met Niki Tuuli en Ducati in FIM World Supersport Championship 2024

EAB Schacht Racing  is blij om hun plannen voor komend FIM World Supersport seizoen aan te kondigen. Het Nederlandse team heeft de Finse rijder Niki Tuuli gecontracteerd voor het 2024 seizoen. Ook zal het team overgaan naar een gloednieuwe Ducati-machine. Het is een compleet nieuwe opzet, maar de focus ligt altijd op het behalen van het best mogelijke resultaat. Het team en rijder zijn gemotiveerd voor een nieuwe uitdaging.

Niki Tuuli komt uit Finland, hij is geboren op 26 oktober 1995 en is 27 jaar oud. De Finse rijder is geen vreemde naam in de motorsport en heeft veel ervaring in de diverse kampioenschappen op gedaan. Hij begon zijn carrière in het Europese Superstock 600-kampioenschap voordat hij overstapte naar de World Supersport-klasse. Ook heeft hij meerdere seizoenen gereden in het Moto2- en MotoE kampioenschap. Niki heeft door de jaren heen vele podiumplaatsen behaald op verschillende machines, kampioenschappen en teams. Hij staat bekend als een goede vechter en is een professional op en naast de baan.

Het EAB Schacht Racing Team zal ook overstappen van merk. Na een paar jaar rijden op de Yamaha YZF-R6 motorfiets stapt het team over naar Ducati. Het is geen onbekend merk voor het team. Zo reden we in het verleden met het in Bologna gevestigde merk in het European Stock 1000-kampioenschap. Maar in 2024 zal het team met het Ducati Panigale V2-model starten in het FIM World Supersport kampioenschap. Het wordt een nieuwe uitdaging, een andere motor, andere technologie en een nieuwe rijder. Dit alles maakt het nu al een interessant nieuw seizoen. Als team kunnen we niet wachten om aan de nieuwe uitdaging te beginnen.

Kor Veldman: Ik ben blij dat we Niki Tuuli voor 2024 hebben kunnen contracteren. In het verleden hebben we al vaker contact met elkaar gehad en het is dan ook fijn om samen het nieuwe seizoen in te gaan. We hebben er dan ook veel vertrouwen in dat we samen mooie dingen kunnen laten zien in het nieuwe seizoen. In 2024 rijden we niet meer met de vertrouwde Yamaha R6 maar met een Ducati V2 Panigale. Dit geeft weer nieuwe uitdagingen voor zowel ons als team als voor Niki. De eerste motoren en onderdelen zijn reeds gearriveerd in de werkplaats zodat we alles kunnen opbouwen om onze eerste test in december te gaan maken. Ik wil graag iedereen bedanken die dit mede mogelijk hebben gemaakt en ga 2024 met het volste vertrouwen in.

Niki Tuuli: “Allereerst wil ik het EAB Racing Team bedanken voor het feit dat ze mij deze kans hebben gegeven. Ik wil ook de mensen aan mijn zijde bedanken die dit mogelijk hebben gemaakt. Dit is een geweldige verandering voor mij om het echte potentieel te laten zien. Ik denk dat ik als Finse coureur goed in het team zal passen. Ik volg het team al jaren en de sfeer is goed. Ik ben gemotiveerd en heb vertrouwen dat het team en ik goed kunnen samenwerken. Het eerste dat we moeten doen is alles klaarmaken gedurende wintertesten, zodat we het jaar goed kunnen beginnen. Het kost zeker tijd om je aan te passen aan een nieuwe motor, maar het complete pakket is aanwezig om voor de topposities te vechten. Ik ben klaar om met het team aan de slag te gaan en ben super blij met deze stap. Op naar volgend jaar en dank aan alle betrokkenen.”

Het EAB Schacht Racing Team en Niki Tuuli hebben nog een aantal testdagen gepland voordat het nieuwe seizoen van start gaat. Dit zullen belangrijke testdagen worden, omdat het voor beide partijen nieuws zal zijn.  Wij werken zo hard mogelijk om de juiste voorbereiding te. Op deze manier kunnen we het seizoen 2024 op de juiste manier starten.

Good speed for the EAB Racing Team during the World Supersport Championship in Portimão

The EAB Racing Team and Glenn van Straalen rode on the circuit of Autódromo Internacional do Algarve last weekend. The penultimate race weekend for the FIM World Supersport Championship was scheduled during the weekend of September 29 to October 1. During the first race Glenn crashed hard but managed to recover in race two with a nice sixth place.

It was a warm weekend in Portugal with temperatures around thirty degrees. The weekend kicked off on Friday with the two free practice sessions. The EAB Racing Team rider got up to speed well and was able to build a strong rhythm during the sessions. In the end of the second training session, the Yamaha rider had a technical problem and forced him to stop. Just before that, Glenn managed to set a good time with eleventh place overall.

On Saturday morning we saw the Superpole session. It was important for the rider from Hoogkarspel to take a step forward. This is what he did and improved his lap time significantly. In the early stages of qualifying, Glenn set a fifth lap time. Halfway through the session, he has an innocent fall. In the final minutes of Superpole we see a red flag situation. After that everybody has time to set one lap time. Glenn is unable to improve and start the races from eighth place.

Unfortunately, the first race did not go as Glenn had hoped. During the opening phase he managed to position himself well and maintained himself around eighth place. Later in the race Glenn makes a mistake and has to go wide and loses some positions. After that it is difficult to keep up with the pace of the riders in front of him and he is in tenth place for a long time. The young Dutchman loses the front of his machine in the final laps and crashes out of the race.

Despite the heavy crash in the first race, Glenn is ready for battle during race two. He gets off to a good start and gains a position. A group is formed fighting for fourth position and Glenn shows up well and fights hard for his position. Later in the race he rides alone but sets fast times and a good pace. He crosses the line in a nice sixth place. A positive end to the weekend at the Algarve circuit.

Glenn: “Overall I am satisfied with the weekend in Portugal. During the free practice sessions we quickly got up to speed and that gave us confidence during the weekend. In Superpole we managed to qualify in eighth place with a good pace. In the first race it was difficult to keep up the pace during the opening laps. After that the rhythm was better, but unfortunately I crashed out of the race in the final laps. We managed to finish the second race in sixth place. This is a great result after the crash on Saturday. This gives confidence and shows that we belong to the top. We take this feeling with us to the last race in Jerez. Thank you to the EAB Racig Team for this weekend.”

The EAB Racing Team is going recharge and get ready for the last race of the season. This will take place at the end of the month on the weekend of October 27 to 29 at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto circuit in Spain.

EAB Racing Team shows good progress during World Supersport in Motorland Aragon

The EAB Racing Team and Glenn van Straalen rode their race for the FIM World Supersport Championship at the Motorland in Aragon during the weekend of September 22 to 24. It was a positive weekend for the EAB Racing Team in Spain despite the last race. Glenn ends the weekend with an eighth place in the first race and suffers an early crash during the second race.

On Friday morning, Glenn started his weekend well under the Spanish sun. He worked on his rhythm and got up to speed. During the second free practice, the Yamaha rider started well and was able to make the desired progression. After he put on different tires for the second stint, there was no time improvement and he ended the free practice sessions in twelfth place overall. The feeling was positive, but small steps had still need to be made.

During the Superpole on Saturday morning, Glenn was able to make the right progress. The young Dutchman had a tow in the first stint, which allowed him to improve his time. With the second stint Glenn rode alone, which made improving his time more difficult. He managed to improve his lap time by a small difference and was able to qualify in ninth place for the races to be held later in the weekend.

The first race on Saturday afternoon was positive for the EAB Racing Team rider. He had a good opening and joined a group fighting for the top positions in the race. Halfway through the race, Glenn has some difficulty with the pace and loses ground on this group. But he shows a strong race, but goes off track on the last lap, resulting in a track limits. This puts him back one place in the final results and finishes the first race in eighth.

During the second race at Motorland Aragon, Glenn unfortunately crashed at the start. He got a highsider coming out of the first corner and was thrown from his machine. This unfortunately meant an early end to his race. Fortunately, Glenn himself is unhurt, but is of course disappointed by the crash.

Glenn: “Overall the speed was good over the weekend. The first race was positive and I was in a good position. Halfway through the race I lost connection with the group. Despite that, I rode a good race and finished in eighth place. Unfortunately, the second race race was over quickly. It’s sad to have to end the weekend like this, after we had a good race on Saturday. We have to take our speed to Portimão and then I expect we can be there again. Thanks to the EAB Racing Team for the weekend.”

The EAB Racing Team will directly travel to Portugal where the penultimate race weekend of the season will take place next weekend. This takes place on the weekend of September 29 to October 1 and the place of action this time is the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve.

Difficult weekend for the EAB Racing Team in the Supersport World Championship in Magny Cours

The EAB Racing Team and Glenn van Straalen were in action at the Magny-Cours circuit in France during the weekend of September 8 to 10. The second half of the World Supersport season kicked off here after the summer break. Unfortunately, luck was not on the team’s side during the race weekend. We had to retire early in the first race due to technical problems and crosses the finish line in thirteenth the second race.

The Supersport World Championship season resumed on a tropically warm Magny-Cours after a six-week summer break. Both team and rider were keen to start the second part well. However, things did not go exactly as the Dutch duo wanted. During the free practice sessions on Friday, Glenn starts well, he feels strong on the Yamaha YZF-R6 and sets good times. Unfortunately he had a crash later in the session. During the second free practice session, Glenn had another crash, but luckily he was unhurt. This does not make it an ideal opening day, which he ends in fifteenth place.

The Superpole session on Saturday morning went better for the 22-year-old Dutchman. He rides many laps and gains more confidence in the bike. He managed to qualify in fifteenth place. Not quite the starting position he had hoped for. However, the times were close together, which meant that anything was possible in the races.

On Saturday afternoon the lights went green for the first race of the weekend. Glenn got off to a good start and managed to gain some positions in the first few corners. It was then difficult to follow the pace of the riders in front of him and he ended up riding alone. Unfortunately, Glenn faced a technical problem halfway through the race, forcing him to retire early.

During the second race on Sunday it was also difficult for Glenn. In the first laps of the race he came in traffic in the Adelaide hairpin, in which he lost a lot of time and positions. Then it was not easy to make the way forward and it was a long race for the young Dutchman. Unfortunately, there was no more than thirteenth place.

Glenn: “It was a difficult weekend in Magny-Cours. During the free practice on Friday we had bad luck with two crashes. As a result, we missed valuable riding time. I felt good in the Superpole, but there was no more than fifteenth starting place. Unfortunately, in the first race we had to deal with technical problems, which meant we had to end the race early. We knew it would be a difficult second race. We had not been able to build up the right rhythm during the weekend due to the various problems. As a result we were not able to complete enough laps, which ultimately resulted in a difficult weekend. This is certainly not where we want and should be. I am looking forward to Aragon in two weeks. Thanks to the EAB Racing Team for the weekend.”

In two weeks Glenn will be back on the bike. Then we are at the Motorland Aragon in Spain for the tenth race of the World Supersport Championship. This will be held on the weekend of September 22 to 24.

The right speed for the EAB Racing Team but difficult races during World Supersport Most

Last weekend the EAB Racing Team rode their eighth race for the FIM World Supersport Championship at the Autodrom Most in the Czech Republic. In the weekend of 28 to 30 July, the last race was held here before the summer break. It was a weekend with good progress for Glenn van Straalen but not the results where he had hoped for. Glenn scores an eighth place in the first race and has a crash in the second race.

During the weekend in the Czech Republic we saw changeable weather conditions, with several rain showers and the sun coming by. The Supersport World Championship was not affected by rain and ran their sessions in good weather conditions. During the free practice sessions, Glenn managed to get the right feeling on his Yamaha YZF-R6. He is fourteenth after the free practice sessions.

During the Superpole session on Saturday morning, the young Dutchman managed to improve compared to the free practice sessions. Glenn felt and showed good pace during this qualifying session. He clocked his lap times at his own pace and that gave confidence for the races later in the weekend. With this he was allowed to start from tenth place on the grid.

The first race saw quite a bit of chaos at the start in the first corner, with Glenn also having to steer straight. Due to a crash, the red flag was waved, after which the first race was resumed over twelve laps. Glenn got off to a good start and had a good opening. As the race followed, the Dutchman lost some ground on the front group and crossed the finish line in eight.

The second race was slightly delayed during the start. When everyone was ready for the start, there was a machine with problems, so it was not entirely clear when the starting lights came on. Once the lights were on, Glenn was off too fast resulting in a false start. For this, the Yamaha rider received a double longlappenalty. At that moment it just started to rain on the Autodrom in Most, with Glenn losing the front of his machine entering the long lap. With this he closes the weekend with a zero score.

Glenn: “It was a mixed weekend in Most. We showed that we have the right speed, but this didn’t come out completely in both races. During the free practice sessions, I immediately had a good feeling on the Yamaha YZF-R6. During Superpole my feeling was better and I was able to clock several fast laps for a tenth place on the grid. The first race was good, unfortunately I couldn’t keep up with the front group and had lost some ground. I ended up in another group with eighth place as a result. We can be short about the second race. I had a false start, which resulted in a double long lap penalty. When I entered this longlap I crashed because of the rain. We are going to recharge and get ready for the next race. Thanks to the EAB Racing Team for the weekend.”

We are now entering a six-week summer break. Glenn is currently seventh in the standings. The next race for the FIM World Supersport Championship will take place on the weekend of 8-10 September at the Magny Cours circuit in France.

 

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