Strong weekend in Portimao for Loris
FIM World Supersport Championship’s season 2019 continued on Sunday after a long summer break on the hot Portimão round in Portugal. The situation for the race were slightly different this time, because Kallio Racing’s Austrian rider Thomas Gradinger was injured and unable to ride in Portugal. Luckily Spanish rider Maria Herrera was able to come at short notice and replace Thomas for this weekend.
Belgian rider Loris Cresson rose right from the start of the race to fight for tenth place and his riding seemed strong. As the race progressed he was already ninth and was riding in the same group that was fighting of sixth place, when Raffaele de Rosa had a technical problem and the whole race had to be suspended five laps before chequered flag and results from the previous full lap remained valid, meaning he finished ninth – a result which leaves him twelfth in the overall championship standings.
”The weekend was pretty good, we did good job all the weekend and we found a good pace. The qualifying was really good, unfortunately when I put a new front tyre I choose one that was not perfect and after that I couldn’t improve. For the race I did a good start and I had a good fight, unfortunately we had the red flag. But pace was good and I could have finished in top 6, but anyway I’m happy with the race!”