Loris Cresson takes more WorldSSP points in Jerez
After more than one hundred- and fifty-days Loris Cresson was back on track as the FIM Supersport World Championship restarted in earnest in Jerez, Southern Spain.
With limited testing, Loris seemed to struggle as the Free Practice sessions began, but was pleased to find a broken chassis, following a winter testing crash, was the reason. His crew sprung into action, rebuilding a brand-new bike ahead of Saturday’s on-track action. There was instant step forward with the #84 crossing the line in fourteenth position to collect two world championship points for his efforts.
Sunday sadly wasn’t as fruitful, the Belgian charger finishing eighteenth after making changes that didn’t pay off. Despite not finishing in the points for the third consecutive of the season, Loris was upbeat, and is already looking forward to the next round in Portimao next weekend.
“Day one there wasn’t much to say. I was really confident, but I immediately felt something was wrong. We tried many things but after FP2 we realised that everything we tried didn’t work so we changed the frame. We saw it was broken so it was the right decision. Saturday was much better, and I improved by over 1.5s right away. I improved again in qualifying, but I made a mistake and we had to start from further back than we wanted. As I’ve said before, every time on track is a test session for us right now, everything is new, and we are working in the correct way. I started twenty second on the grid but made a good start. I ended fourteenth but was totally destroyed, I have never raced in those conditions, it was like racing in a sauna! Sunday was also hot, and it was hard. We were quite far away, and it certainly wasn’t the result we were expecting. For sure we need kilometres. We changed everything and to be honest this weekend, although it was a race it was the first fifty or so laps that we have done. People maybe don’t realise, but we changed everything after Australia, the crew, the suspension, everything! We still need laps to understand the bike and we need to improve the engine, but we know this. We just have to deal with it over the next race or two until we get there – which we will! Rome wasn’t built in a day and we are being realistic. Thanks to all the guys and see you in Portimao!”