Soomer took the third podium in a row!
Hannes Soomer (Kallio Racing, Yamaha) took the podium for the third time in a row today in the first race of the eighth WSSP round on the Estoril circuit in Portugal.
Soomer started the dramatic race only from P13, although he showed the second-fastest time in FPs combined. He said that he made two mistakes in the Superpole, crashed twice, and could not find a good rhythm again, thus had to settle for the 13th time. However, the start of the race was good and in the second sector of the first lap, he was already in P9. When there were 15 laps left, Soomer was still in the same position, but the race was stopped with a red flag to clear the gravel that had come on the track as a result of Peter Sebestyen's fall.
Soomer went from P7 to the restart and got a very good start again. He was fourth after Andrea Locatelli, Lucas Mahias, and Raffaele de Rosa when de Rosa tried to overtake Mahias and both crashed out, yet Soomer managed to avoid an impact with them and rose to P2.
He tried to catch Locatelli, but the Italian World Champion was stronger in the last sector of the track and pulled a gap of about a second in a few laps. Also, Philipp Öttl was approaching from behind. Öttl passed Soomer on the fourth lap and Soomer could not overtake the German again despite furious efforts. However, Soomer was overjoyed for the third consecutive third place at the World Championships: this time the conditions were completely dry and for the first time, he showed both excellent speed and masterful riding skills when competing on the Estoril circuit for the first time.
“Things just don't come easy. I still have to start somewhere from P13. I had a good speed here but messed up the Superpole,” commented Soomer. “I’m not so strong in the last sector of the track and could not go with Locatelli or pass Öttl. We try to fix this for tomorrow and fight for the race win!”
The second race of the WSSP is on Sunday at 14:30 Estonian time.
After today’s race, Soomer rose to the 8th position at the World Championships with 107 points.