Soomer Gives Racedays First WorldSSP Points Of 2018 At Assen, Iozzo Makes Progress
Estonian Hannes Soomer powered his Racedays Honda to 11th place in today’s thrilling FIM Supersport World Championship race at the legendary TT Circuit Assen.
Also referred to as the ‘Cathedral of Speed’ the #38 rode superbly from the opening Free Practice session on Friday, qualifying 15th his best grid position of the season, before charging hard from the off to score 5 valuable World Championship points at the end of the 18 lap encounter.
The result signals a positive step forward for Soomer and the entire Racedays squad who have now found a solid base setting from which to work for the rest of the season.
On the other side of the garage South African teenager Dino Iozzo had a weekend to be proud of, finishing 21st in only his second WorldSSP300 event. Iozzo, continues to learn fast, and after a steady opening Free Practice session to familiarise himself with another new circuit the #13 rider improved significantly in each of the following sessions. In the race itself Iozzo once again showed great maturity, avoiding the mid-pack carnage in the opening laps, settling into a rhythm that would see him narrowly miss out on a top twenty finish at one of the most challenging circuits on the calendar.
“I knew coming into Assen it would be a tough weekend having never been here before. FP1 and FP2 were really all about learning the track, and I think I did a good job. For Superpole I applied what i had learnt from my team and dropped 3 seconds to qualify 31st, three places better than Aragon. We tried a few things in warm up ready for the race which was really good. I had a great fight with a group of four riders and I finally finished 21st. I would like to thank my team for all their hard work and my sponsors for this opportunity. Imola next, another new track for me, but one I am looking forward to.”
“It has been a really good weekend here in Assen. We improved over the whole weekend and made some big steps with the bike, even making changes for the race. I had a good start but messed up turn 5 a little which cost me the chance to go with the second group I think. Anyway I am really happy with the weekend and I feel like we are back on our feet now and have a direction after a difficult start to the year. Big thanks to the team and my sponsors and I cant wait to continue this way in Imola.”
Mike Dickinson – Team Manager:
“A big thank you to all the team for the whole weekend, working late into the nights to give Hannes the setting he needs to perform. We can now look forward to developing this setting to suit Imola and hopefully we can achieve the same excellent results or better. Dino had a steep learning curve to overcome, visiting Assen for the first time and he has really impressed with his ability to learn quickly and very nearly achieving a top 20 placing . We now move onto Imola in a few weeks time where we hope to continue these great performances. Thanks to the whole team for their hard work and to WIL Sport, Enemat and IUM and all of our sponsors for their support.”
The next round of both championships takes place in three week at another iconic venue – the Dino e Enzo Ferrari circuit at Imola where Hannes, Dino and the Racedays team are confident of making further progress.
Photo courtesy of Vaclav Duska jnr.