ESS Cup winner set to compete in world championship
20 year old Estonian Hannes Soomer has had a very strong 2017 season with WILSport Racedays Honda, and his year continues to improve as the team have announced he will take on the FIM Supersport World Championship in 2018, making the move from the European Supersport Cup.
Racing in WorldSSP in 2017, Soomer was able to impress in the European Rounds this season which saw him take the victory in the ESS Cup in the final race at Jerez. Narrowly beating Rob Hartog to the Cup win, Soomer scored points in all races but Imola this season, taking some top ten finishes along the way.
Continuing with the CBR600RR, Soomer is delighted to be given the opportunity to fight all over the world in the highly competitive class: "I am really happy to continue for another year with the Racedays team. We had some great moments this year and learnt a lot together, and I think it is important to continue this learning process with the same people. I want to say a big thanks to the team and sponsors for this opportunity. I know that together we are capable of good results and I cannot wait to start the season."
On top of this, the WILSport Racedays Honda team will welcome 16 year old Dino Iozzo to their FIM Supersport 300 World Championship team, and they hope to continue the competitive pace they showed in 2017.
The young South African has recently began competing in motorbike racing after a successful athletics career, but following some impressive national podium finishes, he shows a strong potential for the future.
Iozzo explains his goals for 2018: "I'm very excited to have obtained a place on the grid in the 2018 FIM Supersport 300 World Championship. My goals for 2018 are to focus on perfecting my race craft, to learn from other riders and have fun along the way. I hope to have a successful debut season."
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