Loris races on at Jerez following a sad Saturday for the WorldSBK family
Results seem irrelevant after the latest round of the FIM Superbike World Championship, held at the Jerez Circuit in Southern Spain after the WorldSBK family lost one of its young promising stars in the opening WorldSSP300 race on Saturday afternoon. All on and off-track activity was cancelled following the death of Dean Berta Viñales, with a revised schedule meaning two full length Superbike races for Loris Cresson earlier today.
A positive start to the weekend was marred by the tragic events of Saturday, leaving Loris to question whether he would even take to the grid.
Ultimately, he did. Racing to P17 in today’s opening twenty lap encounter. He slid out of a possible point scoring finish in Race 2.
The series moves to Portimao in Portugal for the final European race of the year next weekend ahead of the final two overseas events in Argentina and Indonesia.
“The weekend on the sporting side started really well. Qualifying went well and I was happy. Unfortunately, in an earlier race, we lost a young rider on Saturday before my first race, and I really didn’t know what to think. Did we have to race or not? Did I want to race or not? I still was unsure of what to do on Sunday morning, but the family wanted us to race, and I am sure Dean would have wanted us to race. I made a good start in both races and after a bit of contact with another rider in Race 1 I finished seventeenth. In Race 2 I was running well but I crashed after four laps. We made some changes, but the temperature was higher, and I am sorry to everyone that we were unable to finish the race. I am thinking a lot about Isaac (Viñales), and the whole of Dean’s family, friends, loved ones and team. What has happened is terrible and it makes you think about things a lot. He was just fifteen. But like Queen sang, ‘the show must go on’, and I am sure that Dean would want that too. But we will never forget him. I will take a few days to reset everything for Portimao next weekend.”