Soomer retired, chasing a place in the top 5


Hannes Soomer (Kallio Racing, Yamaha) was chasing a place in the top 5 but had to retire from the first race of the fourth round of the Supersport World Championship in Aragon, Spain today.

In the Superpole Qualification Soomer took the fifth time, being 0.858 seconds slower than Andrea Locatelli (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) who took the pole position.

In the first race today Soomer had a good start and the first five laps were also very good when he remained in sixth place. "Then there was a little chaos, Vinales and Mahias both made a maneuver and I fell a few positions," said Soomer. "I started to gain positions from behind again and half of my a bike was already past Perolari — but what happened next is really unclear to me. We had a slight contact and only later did I see that his motorcycle hit my rear brake, the lever of which is bent, and the silencer was also hit. The damage on the bike is on the right side, but I fell on the left side.”

Soomer got up and re-joined the race, but due to a broken handlebar, he had to retire from the race. "I would not know how to do the maneuver differently. A place among the top four or five would have been real today, tomorrow we will try again,” added Soomer.

Locatelli took his sixth consecutive win today.

Race 2 is on Sunday at 13:30 (Estonian time).

After three rounds, Soomer holds 10th position at the World Championships with 39 points.