Soomer 15th, Iozzo 20th In Scorching Misano Supersport Races
Hannes Soomer and Dino Iozzo were back in action the World Supersport and World Supersport 300cc Championships this weekend at the 4.2km Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli in Italy, the final race before the summer break.
With track and air temperatures the hottest they’ve been in Europe all season the conditions were tough with Soomer fighting hard to secure 15th in WorldSSP whilst Iozzo stormed through the field to finish a respectable 20th in WorldSSP300.
Soomer, who qualified in the same position after narrowly missing out on Superpole 2 produced another solid performance, lapping consistently quickly throughout the nineteen lap encounter to secure his fourth point scoring finish of the season in the scorching heat.
Iozzo, was once again racing on a circuit that he had never seen before and with Friday’s rain shower preventing two full dry sessions the lack of dry track time meant he was not able to show his full potential. When the lights went out however the #13 rider showed once again that he is a future contender as he sliced his way through the pack to secure another top twenty finish in one of the most competitive championships in the World.
Mike Dickinson (Team Manager):
“Another consistent weekend for both riders. Dino took a little bit of time to find a good setting and learn the track whilst Hannes with his experience at this circuit concentrated on a race setting. Extremely hot air and track temperatures made life a little difficult for both riders, but a solid points finish for Hannes in P15 and another top 20 for Dino means we can go into the summer break knowing we will be back at Portimao in September stronger than ever. As usual the team did a great job all weekend so a big thanks to them.”
“In the first practice I struggled with learning the track but continued to follow people around me to see what they were doing. The rain had set in for the second practice which I didn’t mind at all. In the first two laps I was estimated to be in first but had a high side coming out of the last corner which ended the practice for me. In SP1 a group of us jumped the red light at the start of the session and unfortunately I got a penalty which put me at the back of the grid. We started P35 which I knew meant the race was gonna be tough. I managed to get a decent start and caught and passed quite a few people and ultimately ending in P20. A huge thank you to my team for all the work they put in to this week. Roll on Portimao.”
“We had quite a difficult weekend in Misano. We had some problems in Friday’s Free Practices but made good progress on Saturday. I had a good start from 15th on the grid and was in the fight for top 10 positions for a long time. Going to the summer break with a point scoring finish is good but for sure we have to work hard during the break to find something to be closer to the top in the second half of the season. Thanks to the team and all my sponsors and supporters.”