Soomer, "I cut my throat, but not too deep"
Isn't it great that the Supersport World Championship carousel has started again? Otherwise, Estonians still huddled in the snow would not believe that spring really exists. In Spain, although cooler than usual, the first tests, practices and races were run and not on winter tires. Thanks to the new manufacturers, the upcoming season in the World SSP class promises to look like a race on the rollercoaster, which was already indicated by the first race finish, where the newcomer (!) Lorenzo Baldassarri took over the reins from the reigning champion Dominique Aegerter (both Yamaha VZF R6).
Things did not run so smooth in the Dynavolt Triumph camp, with Stefano Manzi finishing on P7 and Hannes Soomer on P11, losing almost half a minute to the winner at the finish line. "I cut my throat on the choice of tires," Hannes admitted after the race. "Unlike the others, I chose harder tires, which should have given me a significant advantage starting from lap 4-5, but it did not materialize and the harder tires eventually lost even more grip than the soft ones of the others. On top of that, I managed to fall back a couple of positions after the start, which was not too easy to gain back with these tires.”
Hannes, who started from P12, dropped to P14 at the beginning of the race but then started to gain positions and had to give up P10 only in the penultimate lap. "We still have a lot to test and set up, because we did less than expected in the sessions at the beginning of the week, but there is no panic, we have ideas for progress and we don't have to be ashamed of our speed in the new manufacturer's competition. I am in the same tenth of a second with my teammate and on Sunday we go out on a softer tire 😊.“ Sunday's race starts at 13.30 Estonian time.