Soomer Takes Points In Spain, Van Sikkelerus Moving Forward
Hannes Soomer gave MPM WILSport Racedays another World Supersport points finish in today’s nineteen lap race at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto in Spain. The Estonian battled hard to claim eleventh at the flag. Jaimie van Sikkelerus rode equally as hard, fighting against the pain from a recent operation to take a respectable eighteenth at the flag.
The team had to overcome several issues early in the weekend which kept them on the backfoot but as ever they pulled together, giving 100% to ensure another solid points haul as the series moves from Spain to Italy in a fortnight and the annual visit to the Misano World Circuit – Marco Simoncelli.
For Soomer, the #38 rider, it was his third point scoring finish of the season and the first time that he has scored consecutive points finishes in 2019. Van Sikkelerus braved the aftermath of a recent operation but eventually found a good feeling with his #74 Honda which gives him a lot of confidence for the remainder of the season.
“We had a solid weekend but once again because of some issues on Friday we were always one day behind. In the race I made a really bad start and lost a lot of time in the first few laps. Once I found my rhythm, I had a good race and understood what more I need from the bike. I know everybody is working hard and I hope we can be more competitive in Misano. Thanks to everybody in the team for a good job.”
Jaimie van Sikkelerus:
“I had a challenging weekend in Jerez and due to my recent operation and issues on the bike to solve on Friday, I could not perform with my usual pace. On Saturday I was not able to improve the situation and was unable to climb up the ranking. Session after session the physical load was accumulating on my lower legs, causing fatigue. The long race was hard and keeping the focus when fighting for positions was extremely challenging. I look forward to Misano for a much better result.”
Emanuele D’Artibale – Team Manager:
“The weekend in Jerez started with issues that did not allow us to establish a strong base for a fast-pace race. Therefore, the sessions used to test solutions prevented us from refining a competitive setup needed from the riders. However, we wisely used our human resources and in cooperation with Ten Kate Racing we brilliantly came out from a difficult situation. We are not yet where we deserve to be, but Hannes collected more valuable points and Jaimie is in the process of recovering his optimal physical status. We are eager to face this second part of the season with ambition and we hope to continue to close the gap to the front with both riders.”