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Rider info

Name:
Patrik Pulkkinen
Date of Birth:
14 Mar 2001
Height:
1m 58cm
Weight:
44kg
Resides in:
Klaukkala, Finland
Born in:
Helsinki, Finland
Bike:
KTM RC 250 R

Rider bio

"My dad bought a minimoto for me when I was three after he visited MotoGP race in Brno. The minimoto was actually Niklas Ajo's old Blata," explains Patrick.

"My dad has always supported me a lot, after the first bike he's been going to races with me and also allowed me to pursue my own ambitions, of course the whole family has been very supportive otherwise this wouldn't have been possible."

He has already had some great races and is happy to remember one of his favourites. "An International invitation race in the Netherlands with Honda NSF100's, because I won among some very tough riders."


Not shy

From 2014 he remembers another favourite as it reminds him of a significant step forward. "My Dijon victory in France, I won the race in the wet with a clean margin to the next guys. Before I've had a bit harder time in the wet, but after that race my confidence grew a lot."

2014 - Out lap in the Moriwaki Cup in Brno

He already had international experience and knew the sort of tracks he likes before joining the Rookies Cup in 2015. "I like left handed banked corners, and also the roller coaster feel with hills like Dijon, Brands Hatch and Brno. Also Assen and Albacete are nice circuits."

He knows he still has a lot to learn but his goal is clear. "I want to become a professional road racing rider, and earn my living with road racing." His first step was his debut season in the Rookies Cup. "I want to finish in the points at each round and grow to be better and better each race during the season with the aim to continue also in 2016," was his preseason plan and he did score points in 9 of the 13 rounds in 2015 with only one DNF.

"In 2015 I learned how to; Brake harder, handle the bike in slow corners and use the track more. In 2016, I want to learn; to use the rear brake and find the correct style to ride fast corners." Typical Finnish brevity.

2015 - Brno Race 1, a tight battle

In the same style he sums up his best race of the year. "The first race in Brno because; There was a good group of fast riders, I had a good fight for position and twelfth was good for me," he states and it matched his twelfth places he recorded in both races in Assen.

At School he enjoys sports and English and away from his studies it is Ice Hockey and Snowboarding. His Heroes are Jarno Saarinen and Marc Marquez and he is very clear about what drives him. Winning is the fuel that keeps me burning, second place is horrible."

2015 - Nice style

"I also like the team work a lot, working with the team and setting-up the bike, and then when you get it really working, it is very rewarding." He sums it up with his racing catch phrase. "Are you ready to see what the 'Postman' will deliver?"

Career Highlights

2015

• 19th Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, best results 12th in both Assen races and Brno 1. A steady start to the year and careful improvement rather than fireworks but a great attitude and work ethic as well as natural ability should produce results in 2016 as his weight and strength increase and he has less balast on the bike to muscle around.

2014

• 1st European Moriwaki MDH 250 Junior Cup
• 7th 125 cc Finnish Road Racing National Championship IG Königsklasse Honda 125RS

2013

• 5th Dutch Moriwaki GP3 Juniorcup – Moriwaki MDH 250
• 7th European Moriwaki MDH 250 Junior Cup
1 x 2nd , 1 x 3rd
• First season with Honda NSF250R bike. European Moriwaki CUP series. youngest ever pole position achieved in the Finnish Road Racing National Championships in the Moto3/GP125 class.

2012

• 1st Honda NSF100 Nordic Championship – Norway
• 1st MiniGP 50 Nordic Championship – Norway
• 3rd Honda NSF100 European Championship – Zaragoza, Spain and Czech Republic
• Winner of the international invitation Honda NSF100 race in Berghem The Netherlands

2011

• Participated in the World Final Albacete NSF100
• 7th Honda NSF100 European Championship – France
• 1st National MiniGP Cup – Finland
• Club races in Motocross 85cc class

2010

• 1st National MiniGP Cup – Finland
• 1st National Minimoto Championship B-Junior class – Finland
• 3rd Nordic Championship – Sweden, Kalmar
• Motocross in the 65cc class in club races

2009

• 1st National Minimoto Championship A-Junior – Finland
• 1st Nordic Minimoto Championship A-junior – Finland
• Took part in Ajo Motorsports MiniGP Academy racing school
• Selected to NSF100 World Final – Japan, Motegi

2008

• 1st National Minimoto Championship A-Junior – Finland
• 1st Nordic Minimoto Championship A-junior – Malmö, Sweden

Results

Race Pos Pts
01 May 15 Circuito de Jerez, Spain QP NC
02 May 15 Circuito de Jerez, Spain RAC 15 1
03 May 15 Circuito de Jerez, Spain RAC2 19 0
25 Jun 15 TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands QP 15
26 Jun 15 TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands RAC 12 4
27 Jun 15 TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands RAC2 12 4
10 Jul 15 Sachsenring, Germany QP 17
11 Jul 15 Sachsenring, Germany RAC 16 0
12 Jul 15 Sachsenring, Germany RAC2 13 3
14 Aug 15 Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic QP 15
15 Aug 15 Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic RAC 12 4
17 Aug 15 Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic RAC2 NC 0
28 Aug 15 Silverstone, United Kingdom QP 15
29 Aug 15 Silverstone, United Kingdom RAC 15 1
30 Aug 15 Silverstone, United Kingdom RAC2 13 3
11 Sep 15 Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy QP 21
12 Sep 15 Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy RAC 17 0
25 Sep 15 Motorland Aragon, Spain QP 17
26 Sep 15 Motorland Aragon, Spain RAC 10 6
28 Sep 15 Motorland Aragon, Spain RAC2 14 2
Race Pos Pts
22 Apr 16 Circuito de Jerez, Spain QP 20
23 Apr 16 Circuito de Jerez, Spain RAC1 14 2
24 Apr 16 Circuito de Jerez, Spain RAC2 17 0
24 Jun 16 TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands QP 14
25 Jun 16 TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands RAC1 11 5
26 Jun 16 TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands RAC2 16 0
15 Jul 16 Sachsenring, Germany QP 12
16 Jul 16 Sachsenring, Germany RAC1 15 1
17 Jul 16 Sachsenring, Germany RAC2 13 3
12 Aug 16 Red Bull Ring – Spielberg, Austria QP 12
13 Aug 16 Red Bull Ring – Spielberg, Austria RAC1 7 9
14 Aug 16 Red Bull Ring – Spielberg, Austria RAC2 8 8
19 Aug 16 Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic QP 2
20 Aug 16 Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic RAC1 NC 0
21 Aug 16 Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic RAC2 5 11
09 Sep 16 Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy QP 14
10 Sep 16 Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy RAC 18 0
23 Sep 16 Motorland Aragon, Spain QP 10
24 Sep 16 Motorland Aragon, Spain RAC1 8 8
25 Sep 16 Motorland Aragon, Spain RAC2 10 6