Loris Cresson completes debut WorldSBK weekend, stays in Portugal to test with team
Loris Cresson became the nineteenth Belgian rider to successfully compete in a FIM Superbike World Championship round, in the latest round of the series, held this weekend at the Circuito Estoril in Portugal.
Riding the OUTDO TPR Kawasaki, a squad that has a long history within the WorldSBK paddock gave Loris the opportunity to move directly into the premier Superbike series after several years of him competing in World Supersport.
Knowing full well the challenge ahead, Cresson adapted well, improving throughout the weekend to secure a best finish of eighteenth, impressive all things considered. The #84 rider will remain in Portugal on Monday for a further test with the team.
He hopes to be able to officially announce his 2021 plans shortly.
“What a mega weekend. So different to what I know but I loved it. For my first time on a Superbike I am really happy. The team was great, the bike was so powerful, and the braking is so different to what I am used to in Supersport. I knew before the weekend that it would be a weekend of learning and adapting and the team gave me a great confidence from the beginning. The first race was an incredible emotion. I finished P18 and honestly from my body and my brain I was exhausted. I made a good start but then lost some positions which I knew would happen. The bike with a full tank of fuel gave me such a different feeling but as the laps went on I was able to find a rhythm and I was able to push and the lap time was getting better and better. The Superpole and second races I was able to go one second faster each lap and I was feeling much better. I now understand many things, but we are improving even with the old tyre. I know what I have to work on, but I can honestly say for my first World Superbike weekend I am happy. I will stay at the track on Monday to test for a full day with the team. I can’t thank them enough for making me feel immediately welcome and I am looking forward to getting back on track!”