This weekend, the long break from the FIM Supersport World Championships will finally be over for Hannes Soomer (Kallio Racing, Yamaha), as the season continues on 1-2 August in Jerez, Spain.
In mid-August, Soomer and his team were testing in Aragon, Spain. "We rode a lot of kilometers, more than 300 a day," said Soomer.
He and other riders had some difficulties with traction. The zero compound tires were slippery, they made one second faster times on the 1-compound tire. Overall, Soomer considered the test a success and is well prepared for the second round of the World Championships.
Kallio Racing team manager Vesa Kallio: “We made a lot of laps during the Aragon tests, which is a good way to re-start testing again. In Aragon, we suffered some lack of grip and it was hard to find good setups, but now we have all the setups we need for upcoming Aragon races.”
“In winter we already did do some testing in Jerez and back then we got some very promising times for Hannes. I’m looking forward to getting on the track next Friday!”
“Australia’s 6th place was not some lucky ride, we are heading to Jerez to fight for the top 5 rankings!”
The calendar of the WorldSSP series has changed significantly due to the Covid-19 situation. Last week, the promoter announced that, unfortunately, there will be no round this year in England, Qatar, and the Netherlands. The Jerez round will be followed by the Portuguese round in Algarve on 8-9 August, 29-30 August and 5-6 September in Aragon, Spain, 19-20 September in Barcelona, 3-4 October in Magny-Cours, France, 10-11 October in Argentina and 7-8 November in Misano, Italy.
For the first time in the Supersport class, two races are planned for one race weekend. The first race will take place on Saturday at 16:15 Estonian time, the second on Sunday at 13:30.
It was hot in Aragon, over 30 degrees, and it will be just as hot in Jerez. According to Soomer, with heat, care must be taken not to over-adjust the bike in extreme conditions. The measures related to the Covid-19 will also be present: all those on the track must wear protective masks (Kallio Racing has them with a special design), which is not easy with the heat, nor are there any spectators on the track.