The ninth round of World Supersport was held in Portugal at Algarve
circuit on Sunday afternoon. Hannes showed good pace in the
qualification and started the race from 10th position. On the opening
lap he gave away one spot but then raised the tempo and battled for 7th -
9th positions on the next couple of laps and on the halfway mark he had
raised to 7th position. The rest of the laps Hannes had a fierce battle
with the championship leader Sandro Cortese (Yamaha), with a bit over 2
second gap on the line.
On the last lap the race leader Lucas Mahis had to retire due to a flat tire, which meant that Hannes's finishing position was 6th - the best finishing position of his career in the World Championship - giving him 10 points to the championship.
"It was a good weekend. We had great pace from Friday and we could focus on working. It shows that the changes made in the tests during the summer and the changes to the team, have all went in the right direction. Thank you to the team for doing wonderful work and we will continue from here on in France in two weeks time. A big thank you to the sponsors, supporters and of course to the fans." - Hannes