Double Donington Points Finish For MPM WILSport Racedays
MPM Racedays WILSport secured a double Donington Park points finish in a race that could have given them their best ever World Supersport Championship result after a sensational ride from Hannes Soomer saw him battling for fifth until the final lap.
Third overall on Friday, Soomer proved once again his natural riding talent by putting his Honda at the front. He qualified ninth for the twenty-lap race.
From lights out the #38 put in the race of his life, aggressively fighting back at every attack that came to start the final lap in P6. Pushing hard he made a small mistake at the left-right chicane towards the end of the lap and went down. Able to remount, albeit disappointed Soomer did salvage the final championship point in fifteenth.
On the other side of the garage, Jaimie van Sikkelerus put in a strong performance that saw him head into the summer break with another points scoring ride after he fought from twenty-fourth to fourteenth at the flag to secure his third points scoring result of the season.
The entire MPM WILSport Racedays squad also did their bit for the annual Two Wheels For Life Charity on Saturday evening, raising almost £1500 from their generous prize – a VIP experience with accommodation included for the Portuguese round of the series in Portimao, Portugal!
“I don’t think I’ve ever been so disappointed after a race in my life. We did an unbelievable job all weekend. The team gave me a bike that allowed me to use its full potential. I was fighting for P5 on the last lap when I made a mistake on the entry to the chicane and crashed. I am very sorry for my team and everybody supporting me. The positive thing is that this could have easily been our best result both looking at the position and gap. Now we have almost two months to improve the areas on the bike that are letting us down at the moment and come back stronger after the summer break in Portimao. Meanwhile I will be back in the army and surely come back even stronger and better.”
Jaimie Van Sikkelerus:
“Looking at how the weekend has started for me; we can consider the outcome at Donington satisfactory. The issues experienced on Friday and Saturday meant I had to start from the 24th spot on the grid, but the race was managed pretty well. I had a good start and immediately felt comfortable. I was able to establish the pace I wanted, and the consistency made me finish in the points zone. Although I am aiming for higher positions, I am happy for how I’ve come back from a difficult period. See you in Portimao”
“Once again, we finish a round with both riders in the points zone, but we definitely deserved more here at Donington. The issues related to power-delivery that Jaimie faced during the weekend prevented him from achieving a setup needed for a faster pace. However he showed consistency and fought hard to climb up the rankings to 14th. Hannes was delivering an amazing performance, starting the last lap in sixth place and less than 10 seconds behind the leader. Unfortunately, he wanted even more and ended up making a mistake just few corners before the finish line. Despite its length, the summer break will not interrupt our positive rhythm and we can’t wait to be back racing at Portimao, where we will have special guests from the Two Wheels For Life charity.”