Soomer finished Race 1 of the second round in P7
This weekend, the fastest circuit racers are visiting the Netherlands and, of course, not (only) for special tulip bulbs. Round 2 of the World Supersport Championship is held on the Assen circuit, and in the first race in the World SSP class, the support of the home ground seemed to work, as the Dutchman Glenn Van Straalen came second after Dominique Aegerter (both Yamaha VZF R6). The Dutchman was leading in front of the title defender for a long time, but five laps before the finish, Aegerter still managed to pass him, and since the race was stopped with a red flag immediately after the overtake maneuver due to an incident on the track, Van Straalen was no longer able to counterattack.
The third place went to Nicolo Bulega (Ducati Panigale V2) and the Dynavolt Triumph camp also did very well, as Hannes Soomer, who started from P14, was one of the two biggest gainers, who managed to pick out four competitors with a very good start. Soomer's teammate Stefano Manzi, who developed a quick pace, ended his race in a fall, but Hannes managed to defend his position and advance during the race, and the man from Viimsi crossed the finish line in the seventh place. "I made mistakes braking in the initial phase of the race and the main group slipped off," Hannes said after the race, "but I could have kept up with them based on the feeling of riding."
"All in all, it was a good day because we have been able to climb out of the hole. During the practices, we did not make progress, because we were circling in one place, but the team tracked down the reasons and came up with a new solution. It worked because I felt comfortable riding the bike again and now I only need to take one more step to fight the fastest. We are not there yet, but after today it seems that we are moving in the right direction."
The World SSP Sunday's race will start at 13.30 Estonian time.Photos: Mike & Elina SP8images