Hannes Soomer is the first Estonian to win a WSSP podium


22-year-old Hannes Soomer (Kallio Racing, Yamaha) won third place in the first race of the 7th WSSP round in Magny-Cours, France today.

"It's unbelievable, it's a really good feeling to be here," said the incredibly happy Soomer after a long-awaited podium finish at the Supersport World Championships. Soomer went from P16 to P3 in today's race on a rainy and wet track. "The start was very difficult, it was difficult to see anything for all the water flying around," Soomer commented.

"But we did a great job with the team yesterday and this morning and were able to prepare a great bike," he added. After a few laps, Soomer was able to rise to the top ten. With 13 laps to go, he was already in P7 and raced at the same pace as leaders Andrea Locatelli and Lucas Mahias, clocking the fastest lap on several occasions. When there were 12 laps to go, the rain stopped, with the next lap Soomer rose to P3 and was able to hold this position firmly until the last lap, which was stopped by a red flag shortly before the end due to the crash of Glenn van Straalen.

"I want to thank the team and all the supporters and helpers who have been with me on this journey," said Soomer, who has steadily moved towards a top result through the course of this season.

The second World SSP race takes place on Sunday at 13:30 Estonian time.

Soomer holds the 10th position at the World Championships with 75 points.