Points For MPM WILSport Racedays As European WorldSSP Season Ends
The final European round of the 2019 FIM Supersport World Championship concluded as ever at the 2.7-mile Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours last weekend with the MPM WILSport Racedays squad back in action and back in the points.
Inclement weather meant little dry track time for riders Hannes Soomer and Jaimie van Sikkelerus but that didn’t prevent them from putting in solid performances come race day, when thankfully the circuit was dry.
An initial race of 19 laps was shortened to 12 following a first lap incident and when racing proper got under way both the #38 and #74 Honda mounted riders gave it their all. At the flag Hannes was classified 11th and Jaimie 18th.
The penultimate round of WorldSSP takes place in Argentina at the San Juan Villicum circuit in a fortnight.
Jaimie Van Sikkelerus:
“It was a hard weekend, different from what I was expecting from Magny-Cours. I started from position 18 due to a mistake in qualifying. I did not consider it a problem and I was ready to repeat the good starts I had in Portimao and Donington. Indeed, the start was good, but for the first couple of laps I had to adapt my riding to the setup changes we made based on the morning warm-up. I improved my lap times, but the gap was too big to recover. I was able to fight with the group to get points but during the last lap a neutral gear made me waste time and I finished outside of the top fifteen. I am disappointed for this result, but I am positively approaching my preparation for the Argentina round.”
“I have to be happy with the race result today. I had a good first start that was unfortunately red flagged. I made a mess of the second start but was able to catch the guys in front. We had very good speed over one lap but the recently recovered injury prevented me from keep consistency in my pace towards the end of the race. Now I have two more weeks to train and try to get some strength back in the leg and arm and be stronger in Argentina. Thanks to the team and sponsors. It felt very good to be back racing!”
Emanuele D’Artibale – Team Manager:
“The Magny-Cours round, as French cheese, always has a special taste. The sessions preceding the race alternated dry and wet conditions and because the grid was shaped under the rain, we were ready to compete y throwing the dice in a roulette-style race. Moreover, being the last of the European rounds and close to the end of the season, additional variables add flavour to the performance outcome. Hannes was back after his injury at the Portimao tests and showed great potential during the dry sessions, coming away with championship points at the chequered flag. Also, Jaimie deserved to be in the point zone, but he seemed to have trouble in establishing an ideal setup due to the unstable conditions and this affected his race. We look forward to collecting more points in Argentina in a couple of weeks.”