Loris Cresson Confident For 2020 Despite Double Jerez Test Crash
Whilst Loris Cresson survived two high speed spills in Spain, the same couldn’t be said for his Yamaha R6 which took a battering after the Belgian crashed twice in the final pre-season test in Jerez. The incidents restricted track time and meant that the final day was spent on a ‘superstock’ spec engine after the team rebuilt the youngster a bike from scratch.
Despite the two crashes, one each day, the #84 rider heads into the winter break happy with the progress made, given his Jerez outing was the first appearance in his new guise – Team Toth by RPM84.
Loris will now focus on being fully fit for a final pre-season test ahead of the 2020 FIM Supersport World Championship season opener in Australia at the beginning of March.
“It’s safe to say that the test didn’t go exactly how I planned but overall we can be satisfied with the work we did, especially around the general set-up, which is all we could focus on after I destroyed the bike on Friday. I made about twenty-eight laps at the beginning with a ‘stock’ configuration and the feeling was pretty good. We switched to the Supersport spec bike and the lap time was coming. We made a small change and went back out and I high sided coming out of the last turn. I tried to control it, but the bike had other ideas. Luckily, I escaped any major injury, but it swelled up a lot. The main thing was that we were able to ride again on the final day albeit on the ‘Superstock’ spec machine. We weren’t worried or focused about lap times here, so we continued. The second day we tried many things including big changes in suspension. The lap time of course wasn’t comparable to the times we know we can do with the full spec bike, but I felt good with the way the bike worked, and importantly how we all worked as a team. We decided to try to the new slick tyre, which we have to use next year, and honestly, I don’t know what happened. I crashed again at about 180kmph and again the bike was again in a bad way. My knee is now three times bigger than normal and my ass is all blue. It’s not how we wanted to go into the winter test ban, but it was the first shakedown and better to have these problems now than in the season. Monday, I have surgery to remove the plate from my collarbone from a previous injury and the guys now have time to rebuild everything ready for 2020. I want to wish everyone that supports me a very happy Christmas and all the very best for the new year!”