Soomer Works His Magic At Misano, Van Sikkelerus Inches Closer To The Front In Italy
Hannes Soomer gave MPM WILSport Racedays their best result of the season in yesterday’s seventh round of the FIM Supersport World Championship, finishing seventh in the nineteen-lap race at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. His team-mate Jaimie van Sikkelerus qualified well taking a top twenty position on the grid but sadly slid out of contention on lap five.
Both riders enjoyed a trouble free run up to the race itself despite intense heat and thunderstorms both playing their part during Free Practice.
Soomer made the best of a career best fourth on the grid, latching onto the leading group of seven by setting the fastest lap of the race in the early stages. Maintaining his rhythm, he eventually finished an impressive seventh, his best result of the year!
Van Sikkelerus’ race was compromised slightly by him dropping to twenty seventh on the opening lap. The #74 dug deep however and quickly recovered before he crashed out of proceedings on lap five having already dispatched with several rivals in front of him. Despite the DNF the young Dutchman showed his potential, qualifying a mere second from the top ten, and is buoyed ahead of the next round of the year at Donington Park in a fortnight.
“This was surely the best weekend of the season so far. We were strong from Friday and had a really good qualifying on Saturday. I was expecting a little bit more from the race on Sunday but unfortunately in these conditions I couldn’t go with the front group. Now we analyse where we lost the most and will try to improve for Donington. Huge thanks to the team for great work all weekend and all sponsors for making this possible.”
Jaimie van Sikkelerus:
“I started the weekend testing different settings and despite lap-times were not impressive we made constructive steps giving me good feeling especially in the front-end of the bike. On Saturday more changes worked well, I felt a good improvement and although I qualified nineteenth, I was just one second off the top ten. Unfortunately, a bad start made me lose positions and I immediately started to fight to climb the ranking. On lap five, following a strong braking moment, I suffered a rear end slide and I went down. I immediately picked up the bike and re-joined, however at the next braking zone, a damaged brake cable meant I had no brakes and I crashed again hitting the end of the run-off area. Quite sad to end a positive weekend in this way, but I look forward to Donington Park which is a track I like a lot.”
Emanuele D’Artibale – Team Manager:
“The Misano round marks the end of the first half of the season, and similarly for our team it has been like a turning point. For the first time this year, the absence of unexpected issues allowed us to work smoothly, and progressive improvements from both riders reflected our good direction. Despite his crash during the race, Jaimie is coming out strongly from a tough period and he is facing with great courage and determination the physical challenges he encountered. Hannes finished the 19-lap race less than fifteen seconds away from the winner, and this outcome confirms the progress we are all making. We look forward to the next round in the UK where all of the team will be present on the Paddock Show stage, which will provide some good exposure and funny moments I am sure for the British fans!”