Top Ten Finish At Iconic Imola For MPM WILSport Racedays
MPM WILSport Racedays celebrated a return to the top ten in the latest round of the FIM Supersport World Championship at Imola yesterday thanks to Hannes Soomer, who raced his CBR 600cc Honda to ninth position at the end of a hard fought seventeen-lap encounter at the undulating iconic circuit near Bologna, Italy.
Constructed in 1952 before it was modified in 2010, the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari is popular with riders and fans alike, but its layout makes it one of the most challenging on the calendar.
Qualifying 11th and 21st respectively, the team’s two riders, Soomer and Jaimie van Sikkelerus both put in solid WorldSSP performances, improving their positions in race conditions to secure ninth and seventeenth at the flag. For Jaimie it was a battle against injury. Never giving up, he once again showed his determination throughout. Soomer’s result was also satisfying as he was once again the top Honda in the final classification!
The championship moves from Italy to Spain in three weeks where it returns to the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto, another much loved and historic circuit.
“I think the result today is not so bad considering how the weekend went for us. We lost a considerable amount of valuable time with some technical problems and that hurt us a lot during the race. We got a lot of really good information though on race day and will use it in Jerez to make a good result there. P9 is solid points and although this is not where our potential is, we have to be happy with a finish and some points after some missed chances in Aragon and Assen. I am confident the team can fix the issues that have been holding us back during the season so far, so we will be fighting where we should be very soon.”
Jamie van Sikkelerus:
“I started the Round working on solving some issues with the electronics, but while I was pushing on FP2 to find a faster setup, I crashed, and this complicated my weekend. On Saturday, the pain on my foot was limiting my performance, especially in the change of directions and despite the use of pain killers, riding at my full potential was difficult. For the race, I was truly hoping for rain, in order to have a smoother riding style which would have eased the stress on my foot. Instead, it was fully dry. At the beginning I was fighting with a group of riders and confident that I could stay with them but lap by lap my physical condition got worse. I had considerable pain and I was suffering rear-sliding, so my pace started to drop. I am taking care of solving my physical issue and some medical procedures are already scheduled from next week. I am confident I will soon be competitive again on track.”
Emanuele D’Artibale – Team Manager:
“The Imola round released for us a bittersweet verdict. The ninth place is currently the best result of the season and the amount of work we are accumulating on the bike is strengthening our capacity to identify and solve issues related to the improvements the bike has had this year. On the other hand, once again we have been facing unexpected challenges which prevented us from harvesting what we deserve. We look to Jerez with optimism, and all warmly wish Jaimie a speedy recovery to full fitness. Well done again to Hannes and see you all in Spain!”