The World SSP rider Hannes Soomer (Kallio Racing) took the 12th time in the Superpole qualification at the opening round in Australia today.
"I did not find a good opportunity to catch somebody's wind for a fast lap," Soomer said in a summary of the day. “The third free practice in the morning, where I came in sixth, showed that the speed is there. In qualification, I did the fastest time in the last lap when the tires had already several laps on them and I was riding calmly, but I got a little bit of wind and shaved off about half a second thanks to that. ”
Before the first race of the season, Soomer is very pleased with the motorcycle because the feedback from the changes the team is making is now clearer to him.
In tomorrow's start, Soomer hopes to advance 4-5 positions in the first laps to improve his chances. The Australian round differs from the others in that the competitors have to make a pit-stop by the tenth lap and at least change the rear tire. Soomer, who crashed due to oil on the track yesterday, received extra tires from the organizers, and the team's pit-stop tactics are in place and both tires will be replaced if possible.
The Superpole of the opening round was won by Andrea Locatelli (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) with a time of 1'32.176, Soomer was slower by 1.378 seconds.
Tomorrow, in Phillip Island the race will start at 04:15 (Estonian time). The 13 round World SSP series will close on October 11 in Argentina.
Photographs: Sp8images, Elina Speight.