Soomer & Van Sikkelerus Bag World Supersport Points Finishes In Buriram
Round Two of the FIM Supersport World Championship saw the MPM WILSport Racedays Team secure their first double points finish of the season following a superb race from the team’s two riders Hannes Soomer and Jaimie van Sikkelerus who finished the seventeen lap race in tenth and thirteenth positions respectively.
With the air temperature reaching almost thirty-eight degrees, the conditions were hotter than in any other WorldSSP race in the last five years, giving the pair an additional challenge as they adapted to the extreme conditions.
Solid qualifying gave both riders a great shot at a decent result and both riders rose to the occasion.
For the #38 of Hannes Soomer it was another strong performance, especially in the opening laps where the talented Estonian latched on to the leading group. Involving himself in a multi-rider fight throughout he was able to claim his first top ten result of the season!
Jaimie Van Sikkelerus continues to shine in his new team, claiming back to back points finishes in the opening two races of the 2019 season, boosting his confidence massively as the championship heads to firstly to Spain and then his home race at Assen in the Netherlands for rounds three and four. Had it not been for an electronics problem that compromised the #74 rider from lap eight onwards, it could have easily been a career best finish for the Dutch rider.
After the two flyaways in Australia and Thailand the World Supersport riders will be back in action at MotorLand Aragon over the weekend of April 5th– 7th, 2019.
Hannes Soomer – 10th:
“We have to be satisfied with our Sunday after all the problems we had over the weekend. The new electronics are still very new for Honda and to get everything working properly takes time and quite a bit of work. I think we made the best possible result with the resources we had here in the first two rounds and everybody is working hard to be more ready for Aragon. Thanks to the MPM WILSport Racedays Team for all their hard work and we will continue on a positive trend in Europe.”
Jaimie Van Sikkelerus – 13th:
“In the beginning, it was a positive race. The start was good, pace was consistent and I was closing the gap with the group in front of me with relative easiness. After seven laps though, some issues with the electronics changed my race. RPM changed, acceleration and power decreased inflating my lap-times by three seconds. I got used to this situation and I was able to have a pace only one second higher than expected but it was quite hard to finish the race in this way. In the end, we are still glad to have collected more Championship points in thirteenth, and I look forward to getting back to Europe where I am aiming for higher results.”
Emanuele D’Artibale – Team Manager:
“The rounds at the beginning of the season away from our European base always have some extra challenges to offer. The crew members are responding splendidly to the difficulties, and I have to compliment them for the work dedication, however ultimate results are still currently affected. In addition to the scorching heat, which affects all the riders and technicians in this Thai round, limitations to our performance can be clearly identified in some technical problems too big to be solved with the resources and time available. The positive note however, is that despite these limitations, we leave this round with two riders in tenth and thirteenth position, with awareness of what we need to do in the coming races.”