The rain lottery did not end favorably for Soomer


Hannes Soomer (Kallio Racing, Yamaha), who was in P6 at the half-mark of today's race, had to settle for P13 in the first race of the sixth round of the Supersport class World Championship in Barcelona, Spain due to the rain lottery.

The Superpole at noon, from which Soomer got P8 at the starting grid, as well as the start of the first race this afternoon, did not go very well. However, on the first lap, he had won quite a few places back and fought for P6-7. “It was not possible to attack immediately in the group where Gonzales, Perolari, and Smith were, but I felt that the motorcycle was excellent on the dry track,” said Soomer. “Then I lost the nose in a corner, and was lucky to stay on the bike.” After falling to P12, he was able to fight to P6 again, but then the first raindrops began to fall on the track.

“I assumed that the race would last from the start flag to the finish and I calculated what would be the best moment to go to the pits to change the tires,” said Soomer. As the rain was getting harder, he made his decision at a moment when he was sure he would be faster on rain tires. Leaders Mahias, Smith, Locatelli, and others came in a little later. “It would not have been possible to choose a better lap, because I would have been about 20-25 seconds ahead of them.”

Unfortunately, the race direction decided to stop the race with the red flag just after Soomer had gone on the track again, but had not yet reached the last timing sector on the basis of which the result of the race was decided. Andy Verdoia from Italy, who had not yet entered the pits, won the race stopped on lap 10, followed by Mahias and Smith — both of whom were in the pits at the time, not on the track.

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

Soomer holds the 10th position at the World Championships with 53 points.

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