Hannes Soomer Shines For Racedays In World Supersport Season Finale
Hannes Soomer rounded out a strong second half to the 2018 FIM Supersport World Championship with a ninth place finish under the floodlights at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.
Once again making it into Superpole 2, despite the 5.4km circuit being new to him, Hannes rode superbly all weekend.
A sand and rain storm delayed proceedings, but Soomer remained calm, and when the lights went out at the start of the shortened twelve lap race, the #38 showed why he won the European Cup twelve months ago.
Riding sensibly, he latched onto the leading group, staying with them for the majority of the race before bringing his Racedays machine home in ninth position, his seventh consecutive point scoring result.
“We had a really good weekend on a new track for me. We found a great set-up for Superpole and I made into the final top twelve shootout. I really think that race day in Qatar was our best race of the season as I was really close to the leaders for most of the race. I want to say a massive thanks to everyone at Racedays. We made such a big step in the second half of the season and I am really thankful to everyone involved. It’s great to end the season on a high and I cant wait to see what next season brings!”
Mike Dickinson – Team Manager:
“It seems like yesterday were we in Australia, and now it’s the last race of the season at Qatar. I want to thank the whole team for a great job all year, both in the World Supersport and in World Supersport 300. We had a few new members at the end of the year who really made a difference to the technical side of the team. Hannes once again had a great weekend, learning the track quickly and once again making SP2. A curve ball with a torrential thunderstorm just hours before the race didn’t phase Hannes, who put his head down on the patchy track and delivered a superb ninth position. An awesome job by the whole team. Not long and we will be testing again for next season.”
photo courtesy of Vaclav Duska jr.