Disappointing End To The European Season For Loris Cresson
Loris Cresson has little to smile about after the recent Portuguese round of World Superbike in Portimao.
Despite achieving a career best qualifying position in Superpole on Saturday and narrowly missing a point scoring finish in Race 1, he was taken out on Sunday resulting in a trip to the local hospital.
He was later declared unfit for the penultimate round of the season in Argentina and will also potentially miss the season finale in Indonesia.
For Cresson, who is in his debut WorldSBK season, the news that he is unable to compete in the first flyaway since Phillip Island in 2020 is hard to take. He will undergo a further medical assessment later today (Monday 11th October), where a decision on if he can race in the season finale will be made.
“The weekend in Portugal started really well. We were fast and competitive from the first day but then it turned into a big disappointment. We took our best qualifying position and just missed out on another point scoring result but from Sunday there was not much to say. We didn’t do any laps in the wet warm up because of a technical problem. We were confident for a good day of racing to end the weekend in Portimao, but after a missed start, the guy behind me touched my wheels at 200km/h and I don’t remember nothing. For sure I am not happy to be missing Argentina but honestly it is the right decision. I still have pain after five days and it is a long trip to potentially be told no when I get there. I can hardly walk so I cannot even imagine how I would be able to ride. I have never missed a race because of injury that I can remember, and I want to say a massive thank you to Arai, 4SR and TCX because their products without a doubt have reduced what could have been a much worse injury. I wish the best to the team in Argentina, and I really hope that I can be back on track in Indonesia!”