Three years and 32 races in the making for Samuel Di Sora, but the Frenchman claimed his maiden WorldSSP300 victory at Portimao
The Motul Portuguese Round was a weekend where long waits came to an end and this was the case in the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship as well as French rider Samuel Di Sora (Leader Team Flembbo) claimed his first victory in WorldSSP300 at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, a wait that had been three seasons and 32 races long, becoming the first French rider to win in WorldSSP300.
Di Sora made his debut in 2019 and achieved points finishes in all five races he competed in before securing a full-time seat for 2020. A breakthrough in Catalunya of that year with second place was followed up by another second in the season-finale Estoril Round. 2021 came around with four rostrum visits, each for third place, before Di Sora’s first win of the came in Race 1 at Portimao.
Di Sora’s victory meant he became the first rider from France despite a total of more than 200 races by French riders in WorldSSP300 prior to his first win, with France becoming the ninth nation to win in WorldSSP300 and tying with Germany and Japan. Di Sora’s victory also made him the tenth oldest rider to win in the class at 20 years, 4 months and 27 days old, while he also claimed victory from the lowest on the grid after starting in 18th place.
Discussing his first WorldSSP300 victory, Di Sora said: “What a day, it’s incredible! We had a very tough season and coming here to the last race, the objective was to finally get that first win for me, my team and France in WorldSSP300. We got it. Superpole didn’t go very well as here it’s very hard to do a good lap riding alone. We worked on the pace during free practice and the work provided good results in the race. I’m really happy. I come from nothing, really, and being here, winning, it was crazy. I wanted it so much. Crossing the line with nobody in front was special.”
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