Czech Supersport Charge For Soomer And Iozzo On Brno WorldSBK Return
The WorldSBK Paddock was back at the Automotodrom Brno in the Czech Republic for the first time since 2012 and it was a welcome return for the Racedays team with Hannes Soomer coming home 12th in WorldSSP and Dino Iozzo narrowly missing out on championship points in WorldSSP300.
Brno is the longest circuit on the calendar and not easy to learn, an additional challenge for #38 and #13 who were competing at the venue for the very first time.
Hannes Soomer was in fine form all weekend, the Baltic Bullet once again showing his front running potential after adapting to a new suspension set-up. Another hard charging ride from the Estonian saw him claim his third point scoring finish of the year, adding four World Championship points to his tally.
Dino Iozzo rode the race of his life as he sliced his way through the ultra-competitive Supersport 300cc World Championship field, moving up 16 places to finish 17th, just missing out on another point scoring finish. The young South African is rapidly becoming one to watch in the series, and is as it stands the only Honda mounted rider to score World Championship points in WorldSSP300 this year – a remarkable achievement.
“I arrived in Brno feeling very positive after a good result at Donington. I had really good pace throughout the practice sessions and was looking forward to qualifying. Unfortunately for me another rider crashed which meant that the session was stopped and my fastest lap was cancelled so I had to start from 33rd on the grid. We stayed positive for the race and I managed to get a P17 finish. I’m really happy with this weekend and a huge thank you goes out to my team for all the help and for getting me and my bike on pace.”
“It was a positive weekend overall. The team worked well together and we made some big steps whilst at the same time learning the track. I lost some time at the start of the race but I felt good on the bike and started closing back to the front. It was a great fight and a good race and we have lots of information that will allow us to improve in a few weeks at Misano. Thank you to all my team and sponsors for all the hard work.”
Mike Dickinson – Team Manager:
“An excellent weekend for the Racedays team at Brno this weekend. Hannes performed really well on the new Ohlins and once again was competitive, fighting for the top ten. Dino had his best race weekend to date with massive improvements in his development and pace. A red flag incident compromised his qualifying but a great start and a hard charge forward rewarded him with a 17th place finish. More importantly he did it with genuine pace and race craft, something we have worked really hard on with him. I’m really proud of the whole team and a big thank you to them for their ongoing commitment. Everyone at Racedays would like wish our rider from last year Mika Perez a very speedy recovery. Get well soon buddy.”