Hannes Soomer continues in eighth place after the Portuguese round
The second race of the third round of the World Supersport Championship class offered an exciting spectacle, which took place under the sky threatening to rain. And although even in the middle of the race, the Turkish competitor Can Oncu (Kawasaki) seemed to be taking the World SSP victory this time around, Dominique Aegerter (Yamaha) who had lost positions at the start, still took his share in the end. Second place went to Kyle Smith (Yamaha), who started the race from the P17 on the grid (!) and Lorenzo Baldassarri (Yamaha) took the third place.
Hannes Soomer (Dynavolt Triumph), who started from P12, made a very good start, rising to the P9, and although the Estonian was able to shuffle himself to P8 in lap 3, he had to start giving up places slowly on the wet track, only to try to get them back. Therefore, he ended the race in twelfth place, as if the second start had not even taken place. "With the reduced power, the end of the top ten and the beginning of the second seems to be our ceiling at the moment," Hannes said after the race. "We lost a second on a lap here to the Yamahas, which is hard to win back in terms of settings."
Soomer's crash in the first race also proves this, because, to keep up the leaders' pace, Triumph's riders have to take more risks. Perhaps it is a bit comforting to know that with stable performances, Hannes is ranked eighth in Championship standings after the third round, being third after Nicolo Bulega and Niki Tuuli in terms of new manufacturers in the Championship. Soomer's teammate Stefano Manzi is twelfth in the standings, mainly due to numerous DNFs, as even today he had to retire from the race due to a failed tire selection. The next or fourth round will take place on the second weekend of June in Italy (10-12.06).