Big step forward for Loris Cresson in Portimao, Double points finish the reward
Loris Cresson heads home to Belgium after two solid points scoring finishes in the latest round of the FIM Supersport World Championship at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, in Portugal.
A huge step forward in pace during Free Practice and Qualifying gave the #84 Yamaha rider a much-needed confidence boost after a difficult start to the 2020 season.
After bringing it home in fifteenth on Saturday, the young Belgian finished fourteenth earlier today after an intense seventeen lap race saw him in the hunt for a top twelve finish at the flag. With more changes behind the scenes it was another new crew for Loris as the series arrived in Portugal for the fourth and fifth races of the season, but fully focused it was all smiles as the OXXO Team Toth RPM Motorsport squad packed up and headed home.
Loris has now achieved a World Championship points finish in all races held so far in 2020!
“The first day was a bit hard as we once again changed the crew and we still had to solve an issue with the front forks that we discovered in Jerez. We tried something new which wasn’t too bad, and we kept working on improving the feeling. We improved by over a second and that was pleasing. For sure it’s not the start to the season I expected but this is racing, and we don’t give up. The qualifying was even better, and we made another big step, but as I said in Jerez, every session at the moment is a test. I didn’t string the best lap together, but I was confident for the race. The start in race one wasn’t too bad, but we are still far away in terms of the engine, but we will improve this for Aragon. In the end we finished fifteenth and scored another point. Not where we want to be but to take a point with everything that has been thrown at us so far in 2020, we will take it. Race two was much better. I didn’t make the best start and lost some time overtaking some people but for the rest of the race I am satisfied. I had a good fight with several riders and every time we ride, I am more and more happy with the bike. We are improving and with Max and my father it was a really encouraging weekend. We will try to improve the engine for the next race as it’s clear we are not fast enough in the straights but I have scored points in every race and we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I want to finish by wishing a speedy recovery to my former team mate and good friend Sandro Cortese who crashed in the Superbike race on Saturday. Get well soon!”