World Supersport class returned on the race track from their summer break last weekend in Lausitzring, Germany. For Kallio Racing extra excitement was brought by the world championship premier of the new bikes for team’s riders in World Supersport class. And quite a premier it was, resulting in the very first victory of Sheridan Morais and Kallio Racing.
Sheridan Morais has been solid performer throughout the first part of the season, but the new bike has made him even stronger. Morais was on the top of the time sheets on Friday and Saturday, topping off great practice performances by being the fastest in Superpole 2 qualification taking his first World Supersport pole position with the new pole record. And on Sunday, Morais and Kallio Racing took their first ever World Supersport race victory.
“It has been a really strong weekend for the entire Kallio Racing team and it is great to reward them with this victory after their outstanding work in getting our new bikes ready in such a short time. It was good to be able to set the pace in the race with something in the bag for the end, but that never happened. I am very happy and grateful for my first win”, Morais said.
Niki Tuuli has been struggling in the first part of the season, but he too has quickly found a whole new pace with the new R6. Confidence regained took Niki session by session upwards on the time sheets, and on Saturday Superpole 2 qualification he was third joining Sheridan on the first row in Sunday’s race starting grid. On Sunday morning warm up session Niki did third fastest lap, but was demoted by 6 grid positions (Art. 1.21.2.), which took him in the starting grid from 3rd to 9th position. Not the best possible start for the race, but Tuuli fought fiercely and climbed up to the 5th place in the end results.
“Overall the weekend was pretty good. We have done a lot of progress and it starts to show in the pace. The race was not easy for me, I got a penalty which demoted my starting grid position from third to 9th. But I’m positive after this weekend and can hardly wait to get back on track in Portimao!” Tuuli said.
Team Manager Vesa Kallio: ”The race was very exciting. Sheridan took the lead from the start and held it until the 18th lap. Two riders in front crashed, the race was red flagged and the race result was the one of the previous lap when Sheridan was leading.”, Kallio explains, ”The whole weekend was a great achievement from the riders and the team. Sheridan rode excellently this weekend and deserved to win.”
In World Supersport 300 class race Renzo Ferreira finished on the 23rd position. Kimi Patova crashed.
“This was a tuff weekend for me, I struggled a bit with the bike setup, the new track and believing in myself. But we had good fight in the race, and I stepped up 10 positions in the final result from my original grid position. Pretty happy about that. Next stop Portimao, I’m going to be stronger there!“, Ferreira said.
Next race: September 17th in Portugal.
Results World Supersport class, Lausitzring, Germany 20.8.2017
1. Sheridan Morais, South Africa, Yamaha
2. Kenan Sofuoglu, Turkey, Kawasaki
3. Lucas Mahias, France, Yamaha
4. Jules Cluzel, France, Honda
5. Niki Tuuli, Finland, Yamaha
Championship Standings World Supersport Class after 8 of 12 rounds
1. Lucas Mahias, France, 121
2. Kenan Sofuoglu, Turkey, 120
3. Sheridan Morais, South Africa, 101
4. Jules Cluzel, France, 88
5. PJ Jacobsen, USA, 68
…11. Niki Tuuli, Finland, 38
Race results World Supersport 300 class, Lausitzring, Germany 20.8.2017
1. Alfonso Coppola, Italy, Yamaha
2. Marc Garcia, Spain, Yamaha
3. Mika Perez, Spain, Honda
4. Robert Schotman, The Netherlands, Yamaha
5. Scott Deroue, The Netherlands, Kawasaki
...23. Renzo Ferreira, Brasil, Yamaha
...DNF Kimi Patova, Finland, Yamaha
Championship Standings World Supersport 300 Class after 6 of 9 rounds
1. Mika Perez, Spain, 88
2. Scott Deroue, The Netherlands, 86
3. Marc Garcia, Spain, 85
4. Alfonso Coppola, Italy, 82
5. Borja Sanchez, Spain, 57
… 24. Kimi Patova, Finland, 5
… Renzo Ferreira, Brasil, 0
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