Soomer & Van Sikkelerus Grit Their Teeth In Argentina
MPM WILSport Racedays leave the penultimate round of the 2019 FIM Supersport World Championship with another World Championship point, but are focused on the season finale in Qatar in less than two weeks, keen to show their full potential after a difficult weekend saw their riders Hannes Soomer and Jaimie van Sikkelerus finish in fifteenth and seventeenth positions respectively after the nineteen lap race at the newly resurfaced San Juan Villicum circuit in Argentina.
Changing track conditions from session to session meant it was hard to find the optimum set up, and with strong gusting winds as the race began adding to the challenge the riders faced the team can be satisfied by the performance and determination shown by both riders, not only in the weekend but throughout the entire weekend.
The final round of the World Supersport Championship is always a special one with the protagonists racing at night under floodlights at the Losail International Circuit. The event takes place between October 24-26, 2019 and MPM WILSport Racedays will be giving it their all to end the season on a high!
Jaimie Van Sikkelerus:
“Once again, I had a great start and I gained four positions in the opening lap, but the little gap with the group of riders in front of me didn’t allow me to use the slipstream and the gap slowly increased. My pace was affected by substantial sliding from the rear tyre and I had to adapt my braking style to compensate. Because of this, I felt missing some speed and slowly I lost a couple of positions. Finishing seventeenth is definitely away from my target, which is always to be in the point scoring zone, but we are already studying the race data to improve the setup and performance in Qatar.”
“This weekend was one to forget. We didn’t find a good way with the setup of the bike all weekend and finished fifteenth. I made some mistakes in the first lap, but I doubt the result would have been much different without them. The positive thing is my fitness was much better than in France and surely make another step for Qatar. We have to learn as much as possible from this weekend and be back to our full potential in two weeks in Qatar.”
Emanuele D’Artibale – Team Manager:
“Often the growth process goes through harsh phases and so the Argentinean mission presented us an opportunity to learn from, without much “dulce”. We leave San Juan El Villicum circuit with 1 championship point, and the awareness that co-operation and teamwork can address the difficulties for better. Even without rain, the weekend offered fluctuating track conditions, the lap-times were different among sessions which complicated the progression of performance. Although we collected less points than expected, both riders have shown maturity and self-control in difficult circumstances and this makes us very proud. We are very much looking forward to Qatar, to end the season in celebration.”
photo by Vaclac Duska jnr.