It was a disappointing outcome for Dynavolt Triumph in today’s FIM Supersport World Championship race one in Lombok. It took a Herculean effort from the whole team to repair Stefano Manzi’s bike following his high-side in the morning Superpole session where he qualified twelfth and Hannes Soomer, displaying good promise for the race in tenth.
On the opening lap of the 19-lap race, Manzi collided with teammate Soomer resulting in Soomer crashing out at high-speed making him the first retiree of the race.
Manzi up to fourth by lap five, was awarded a long lap penalty for the manoeuvre which when taken, effectively put him out of podium contention. The Italian fought back hard to cross the line in seventh place.
Stefano Manzi: “It is not easy to finish the race in seventh place. I had a bad crash this morning in the qualifying and I started to struggle. Then in the race I got a long lap penalty and I lost a lot of time but we’ll try to fix it for tomorrow and hope for the best.”
Hannes Soomer: “Today could have been really good I think we had big potential from the bike and from myself. In qualifying I made some mistakes on my fast lap, I couldn’t really get a perfect lap together and then in the race I was taken out by my teammate at turn two so there’s no end result today but I feel good for tomorrow, I think we have big potential here.”
Dynavolt Triumph Team Manager Simon Buckmaster: “Obviously after looking so promising that’s not what we wanted in the race. After Stefano’s crash in qualifying everybody chipped in and helped to turn the bike round in an amazing time for quite a lot of damage. It can’t be a good thing when you knock your teammate off so obviously we are really sorry for Hannes for that. It’s so unlucky for him especially considering what happened in race two in Argentina on the first lap. Hannes is riding well he deserves a good result and we will look for that for both riders.”
Dynavolt Triumph’s Stefano Manzi returned to the podium at the Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit in a gutsy ride to second place in today’s FIM Supersport World Championship race two.
From twelfth on the grid Manzi asserted himself from the start of the race and systematically set about picking off his contemporaries to put himself fifth by lap three of the scheduled 19-lap race.
Manzi was battling for the win in second as the red flag was activated with six laps to go after Tuuli high-sided and the result was called. The Italian finished just 0.5s behind newly crowned double World Supersport champion Aegeter to deliver the fifth podium of his rookie year in the category.
Stefano Manzi: “This is a good way to end the weekend but if I have to be honest it would have been better to win the race for sure but the race was stopped six laps early. I want to say the team made a very good job because yesterday I didn’t feel very good with the bike but this morning they found something and I was able to be more like me, more like normal and I showed we can be fighting for the win, so I am quite happy but now we have to focus on Australia which is just next week.”
Hannes Soomer had a better day which started with posting his fastest lap of the weekend (1’36.496) in the morning warm up session. Soomer got a good start, holding his grid position and was up to eighth place, just half a second down on Caricasulo at the last timing point when the red flag came out.
Hannes Soomer: “Better race than yesterday but I’m not happy with today. For some reason I felt the drive wasn’t the same as yesterday and we have to know why before Philip Island. Good to finish.”
Dynavolt Triumph Team Manager Simon Buckmaster: “After yesterday a huge improvement and a great result, really fighting for the win and once again showing what the Dynavolt Triumph RS 765 Street Triple is capable of. Congratulations to everybody in the team for making a big step up. Another improved performance by Hannes in the race after yesterday’s unfortunate contact with Stefano so today, such a big improvement and we will look to have a good end to the season with him. Really fantastic support by Bitubo and we’re really grateful to all our partners. So now we look to Australia to see if we can win another race. I’m reasonably confident Philip Island will be a good track for us so let’s see what we can do there. Congratulations to everyone.”