Challenging weekend for Loris Cresson at Phillip Island
Loris Cresson may be leaving the opening round of the FIM Supersport World Championship with no points, but the young Belgian heads to Qatar for round two in a fortnight with some much-needed miles under his belt and a clear direction in terms of what he needs and expects for the remainder of the season.
Riding for OXXO Team Toth Yamaha, the RPM84 rider had little pre-season testing and so the opening round of the 2020 series provided much needed track time for the #84 rider.
Improving steadily throughout the weekend, but not at the rate he needed, Cresson suffered a jump start, the first of his racing career, but kept his nerve to complete the sixteen-lap race in seventeenth position, after completing the mandatory rear tyre change before lap ten. The race also provided Loris the chance to race on slick tyres, which is a new regulation in WorldSSP for 2020.
“Qualifying was like the two-day test, we struggled a lot to find a good setting, but we have to take the positives and at least we improved a little. We tried many things but for some reason nothing seemed to work. We remained focus and we will get there but for the first round it’s not what I expected. I made a mistake and ran wide when following because I can’t get the bike to do what I want. For the race I don’t know what to say. We struggled again and nothing seems to work when we make a change. I was excited for the race and my mindset was to give 100% and if I crashed, I crashed. I got a bit excited and jumped the start, which is something I have never done in my career. I got a penalty and so from there the race was compromised. Without the penalty we would have finished P12 or P13, so it’s frustrating that we leave Australia with nothing to show for it. Anyway, sometimes racing is like this, but we need to understand and quickly what to change to be back where we should be. Big thanks to everyone who is supporting me, and I hope that we can begin the season proper in Qatar!”
Photo: Vaclav Duska jnr.