Rider info

Peetu Paavilainen
Date of Birth:
19 Dec 2001
1m 60cm
Resides in:
Helsinki, Finland
Born in:
Kotka, Finland
KTM RC 250 R
Rider since:

Rider bio

Helmet design 2018

"At school I especially like sports, I like to study English too because it will also help in driving forward," explains the comitted Fin.

He has other things to do when he is not racing. "Ice roadracing, supermoto, motocross, gym, swimming, computer games, big sisters bullying..... "

Ice roadracing

"Our family has always been motorcycles, and the little motocross in the house I was driving around at a very young age."

"By the age of six I had my first minimoto and then road racing has been the most important thing to me."

"Dad competed in national roadracing and supermoto."


"My father has been to support and coach of all times. The whole family travel many times together to the competitions and everything circulates around racing."

Peetu's ambition is simple, to follow his hero Vala and be World Champion.

He has already had a lot of good expereinces including a particular day in Most in 2015. "We were testing the Moto3 at one of the trackdays in Most. The afternoon program was one for 600cc competition. I got permission to participate if I would go on the grid in last position. I started from position 45. By the middle of the race I had already a position to the top ten. It began to rain, the competition got fragmented and the bikes began to fall on the grass. I slppped and slid my bike past the checkered flag in third place. I was at that time 13 years old and reputedly the youngest podium rider ever in the 600cc class."

Brno 2014 Peetu & Patrik Pulkkinen 

Another fond memory was the 250 Junior Cup final at Assen in 2016. "The championship win was already out of my control, but the second place was possible."

Assen Junior Cup Final 2016

"In the last race I was fighting side by side with the Dutch guy on his home track and the final solution was left to the last curve. I won the race and ranked second in overall championship results."

Assen Junior Cup Final 2016 - The last corner

"I learned the most in 2016 to focus on the essentials and tight spots to take out 110%. I also learned that working hard for success you have to do more and more."

With that he knows what to expect of 2017. "I expect tough competition, professional working team, learning to understand the bike settings so that it can be faster, with new contacts and friends."

Selection Event Guadix 2016

He is looking forward to the challenge. "I like most tracks with a challenging, technical and fast speed rail lines such as Brno and Hockenheim."

"Of course, victory is celebrated, and that is what I am chasing but in competition however, I can be happy when I have done a flawless performance and progress has been made in the development and co-operation with the team is going well and going forward."

Career Highlights


• 20th Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, best result 11th in Sachsenring 1. Injurries wrecked his season even before he got on a Rookies Cup bike and non Rookies injuries continued to hold him back through the year. In the few races he attended he was quickly up to speed.


• 2nd Moriwaki 250 Junior Cup
• 3rd Moto3 Finnish National Championship


• 4th Moriwaki 250 Junior Cup
• 2nd Moto3 Finnish National Championship


• 1st FIM European Minibike Cup
• 1st Finnish National Minibike Cup


• 5th ADAC minibike Cup
• 3rd FIM European Minibike Cup


• 1st Swedish National MinimotoChampionship
• 4th FIM European Minimoto Championship


• 1st Finnish National Minimoto Championship
• 1st Nordic Minimoto Championship


• 2nd Finnish National Minimoto Championship


Race Pos Pts
23 Jun 17 TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands QP 10
24 Jun 17 TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands RAC 12 4
25 Jun 17 TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands RAC2 NC 0
30 Jun 17 Sachsenring, Germany QP 5
01 Jul 17 Sachsenring, Germany RAC 11 5
02 Jul 17 Sachsenring, Germany RAC2 12 4
08 Sep 17 Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy QP 23
09 Sep 17 Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy RAC 18 0
22 Sep 17 Motorland Aragon, Spain QP 15
23 Sep 17 Motorland Aragon, Spain RAC1 NC 0
24 Sep 17 Motorland Aragon, Spain RAC2 12 4
Race Pos Pts
04 May 18 Circuito de Jerez - Angel Nieto, Spain QP 5
05 May 18 Circuito de Jerez - Angel Nieto, Spain RAC1 NC 0
06 May 18 Circuito de Jerez - Angel Nieto, Spain RAC2 12 4
01 Jun 18 Autodromo del Mugello, Italy QP 18
02 Jun 18 Autodromo del Mugello, Italy RAC 16 0