Loris Bounces Back With Double Points Finish In Barcelona
A resurgent Loris Cresson bounced back from his MotorLand Aragon disappointment to score a double point finish in the latest round of the 2020 FIM Supersport World Championship at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. He finished eleventh and fifteenth.
Saturday’s opening race was arguably one of the most crazy in WorldSSP in recent years, a torrential downpour of biblical proportions causing a red flag at the time that many riders, including Loris, had pitted to change from dry to wet tyres.
Sunday was bright and sunny, giving Loris the opportunity to shine in dry conditions, the #84 riding competently, improving throughout to snatch the final world championship point after a spirited final lap.
The weekend’s double result provides a huge confidence boost for the Belgian rider who heads to the next round in France at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours in a fortnight.
“Day 1 was not so bad. We had something different on the bike in terms of engine and whilst we made good progress in FP1 we lost an opportunity to further improve in the afternoon. Saturday, we had an average start. FP3 was strange with the weather but that’s something we cannot control. We improved by almost a second in qualifying but it was still not possible to further up the grid as we want. Still with only 20-25 laps with the bike in the dry we had to be happy. For the race, the feeling was getting better and better but then the rain came. I tried to stay out as long as I could but, in the end, we had to pit for wet tyres and then there was the red flag. P11 was good and although we had work to do, we were going in the right direction. On Sunday we tried a set-up in Warm Up, but it wasn’t what we needed so for the race we went back to what we knew. My start was not the best, Pratama crashed in front of me, and then like in Aragon I got stuck behind some guys that don’t understand what it is to race in World Supersport. Nevertheless, I was able to score points again. We continue to learn and grow, and we are working in a good way. We will keep working to improve in France and Estoril and end the season with our best results of the year!”