After a long racing pause, Hannes Soomer (MPM WILSport Racedays) was 11th in today's race at the eleventh Round of World SSP Championship in Magny-Cours, France.
"For the first time in my life, my physical condition was hindering me today from getting a better result," Soomer said after the race. „The changes of position on the bike on this track were such that you had to put a lot of pressure on the left footrest, and at the end of the race I felt that there just was no strength in this leg.“ However, he admitted that a month ago he could not have done anything different in recovering from an injury sustained in the Portimao test, and the ankle joint has simply not had enough time to recover 100%.
Today's race, with 24 starters, was stopped by a red flag after a big crash in the opening corner. Soomer's first start, who was 16th on the starting grid, was better and he gained a few positions. The second start was not so good according to Soomer who thought that he took a false start and then could not get going properly.
At the end of the first lap Soomer was on P13. He could keep the leaders' pace quite well for 9 laps, being only 5 seconds slower than them. He said that on the last three laps the injury started to kick in, he finished on P11 and the gap between him and the race winner Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Pucetti Racing) was 8.678 seconds.
Soomer is pleased with his speed, his fastest lap being better than Jules Cluzel, for example. According to him, the development of the motorcycle is also going in the right direction, and Pirelli's new tires suit him well. Soomer earned 5 Championship points today and is on P14 in the overall standings with 33 points.
The next WSSP round will be held on October 13 in Argentina and hopefully Soomer will be able to recover fully by this time.