Career Best WorldSBK For Loris Cresson At Donington Park
The latest round of the 2021 FIM Superbike World Championship saw Loris Cresson return to the birthplace of the series, Donington Park in the UK, where he produced his best result as a WorldSBK rider to date, finishing just outside of the points in sixteenth position in Saturday’s opening encounter.
A tyre gamble in Sunday’s ‘sprint’ race unfortunately meant that Loris had to retire, but another solid top twenty finish (P19) in the third race of the weekend ensured a productive weekend for the #84 rider, who achieved the best #WorldSBK result by a Belgian for more than a decade!
Buoyed by a better feeling with his Kawasaki, and coupled with the fact that he continues to close the gap race by race to the fastest riders in the world, Loris heads to Round 5 at the TT Circuit Assen in the Netherlands in a couple of weeks, confident of further steps towards the front.
“The weekend overall was very positive. I was very close to the points on Saturday and achieved my best ever World Superbike result. It was frustrating not to score a point as we definitely had the pace for it, but I got held up by another rider and by the time I got passed it was a little to late. It was a really good race though, probably the best I have felt in WorldSBK. It rained overnight but we were still able to make a step forward in warm up on Sunday but then we went the wrong way with the tyres for the Superpole race. In Race 2 we made another change which we thought would improve the feeling but it didn’t give me the sensation we had hoped. That said we finished another race and learned a lot more which will help for the rest of the season. I was also able to take part in the Paddock Show on Saturday which was really great. It is nice to see things getting back to normal.”