Soomer finished today's tight race in P5
Hannes Soomer (Kallio Racing, Yamaha) took P5 at the supertight second race of Round 2 of the FIM World Supersport Championship in Estoril, Portugal today.
Soomer, who started from P8 today, said that the bike had undergone a major change compared to yesterday, which allowed him to ride through the middle section of the turn faster and also brought him much closer to the leaders. Soomer, who was seventh after the start, rode on P10 for most of the 18-lap race, being the last of the group of fastest riders who all fit in 3 seconds.
"The first guys were in my sights all the time, but there just wasn't enough power to bite them," said Soomer, who still managed to avoid mistakes and picked up Federico Caricasulo and Can Öncu along the way, who were riding in front of him at the end of the race. As the leaders Öttl, Odendaal, DeRosa and Aegerter had a very tense race and were swapping positions, which also ended with the crashes of DeRosa and Cluzel and the retiring of Odendaal due to technical problems, Soomer finished in P5.
"The plan for the beginning of this season was to be among the top six, and I have mostly fulfilled the goal," said Soomer, who holds fifth place at the World Championships with 41 points. "Before the next stage, we will come home and we can try and hone the changes we have made here on the Pärnu track to attack better in the next round."
Today's race was won by the Swiss Dominique Aegerter, Soomer was only 2.327 seconds behind.
Round 3 of the World SSP starts on June 11 in Rimini, Italy. News, results and broadcasts at www.worldsbk.com
Photos Václav Duška Jr.