Double DNF For MPM WILSport Racedays At MotorLand Aragon After Strong Showing
After a promising start, Hannes Soomer and Jaimie van Sikkelerus came away from the latest round of the FIM Supersport World Championship empty handed after both MPM WILSport Racedays riders crashed in separate incidents on the final lap of today’s race at MotorLand Aragon in Spain.
For Hannes, who was once again the top Honda rider on the grid it was cruel look, the Estonian looking comfortable inside the top ten with a race pace enabling him to fight for sixth. The #38 rider was able to remount after his spill, crossing the line in seventeenth.
Jaimie also rode a solid race and was looking strong after he too eased his way into a point scoring position with just a couple of laps to go. With a third consecutive point scoring position in his grasp he too went down, thankfully without injury.
Both Soomer and Van Sikkelerus will regroup ahead of round four of the World Championship which takes place at the legendary TT Circuit in Assen, the Netherlands, next weekend.
“Of course it is impossible to be happy with a result when you crash, but I think today we have to take the positives. The team did an amazing job all weekend and we really had a great handling bike for the race. Apart from one big mistake in the end I can also be happy with my race as I was able to catch the group fighting for sixth place after some action in the first lap. The worrying thing is how much time we lose on the long straight here and this is something we need to find the reason for. One thing is for sure next weekend in Assen we will give our maximum and I can’t wait to be back on the bike. Thanks to the team and all my sponsors for all the hard work.”
Jaimie Van Sikkelerus:
“It was a bit of a hard weekend with some up and downs. On Friday we had some electronic issues to solve and we couldn’t accumulate the quantity of laps we wanted. On Saturday we made some good progress in terms of setup and I was very happy with the balance I found during qualifying. Thanks to my crew it made me confident that I could finish the race in the points. From the beginning of the race I was fighting with the group on the edge of the points zone, and I was recovering the gap. After passing Cresson in the last part of the race, I wanted to make a gap to avoid him passing me back on the back straight, and on the last lap, due to my pushing, I crashed. I am aware of the reason for this mistake and I am confident that in Assen, which is my home race I can be back in the points again”.
Emanuele D’Artibale – Team Manager:
“This first European round at Aragon gave us some positive confirmations, but also some bitter results. During the weekend the crew had the opportunity to improve what it was started overseas and the riders were benefitting the strengthening of a work-system that this new group is creating. The weekend was on a positive trend, and indeed on the last lap of the race we once again had both riders in the points zone. The lap-times were satisfying and our riders were pushing to solidify their position, but unfortunately both suffered a crash, in different places, few corners away from the chequered flag. Hannes was able to pick up the motorcycle to finish in seventeenth, while Jaimie’s motorcycle was damaged meaning he couldn’t finish. I am happy they both reported no injuries, and I look forward to confirm our potential at the Cathedral of motorcycling in the Netherlands next week.”