Further Progress For Loris Cresson In France
Loris Cresson achieved another triple top twenty finish in the latest round of the FIM Superbike World Championship in France at the weekend.
After limited laps in the dry on Friday following some overnight rain, the #84 made a big step forward in FP2 and again in Superpole, lining up for the three races closer than he had ever been in terms of gap to the front.
Content and confident at the progress made, Cresson was looking forward to the races. A good start in Saturday’s opening encounter saw him battle from start to finish with several riders. He eventually finished eighteenth at the flag.
A slightly disappointed Loris ultimately finished P20 and P18 in the Superpole Race and the final race of the weekend, but the positions do not reflect the progress made throughout the weekend.
The next round of the series takes place in a fortnight at the Catalunya circuit, a venue where Loris has been successful in other racing categories, so he heads to Spain very much looking forward to getting back on track.
“It was positive weekend overall when we consider the improvement in our pace. We finally put together a strong lap in Superpole, and for the first time I was able to go faster with the qualifying tyre but in the race, I was unable to find a way past the others in the beginning. Apart from this it was a good race and a good four rider fight for most of the race. I was able to make some nice overtakes during the race and we showed that we are getting closer. I am a bit disappointed with Sunday if I am honest. After Warm-Up I felt that we had a big potential, but we were unable to find the little step we needed to make it come together in the increased temperature. I made a great start in the Superpole race but unfortunately, I was dive bombed by another rider and it pushed me out. It was impossible to come back as we were all making a similar lap time. It was a similar story in Race 2. I made another good start, but we lost power and I got passed in the straight. We have made a good step in France and the gap now is quite small. We need a little more and then I am sure we can be there, fighting for the Top 15 in all the remaining races. It was nice to see fans in the grandstands and nice to see members of my World Endurance there to support me. I want to thank them for coming and say a big thank you to Thierry from the Belgian Federation for being there also.”