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Hannes Soomer takes dominant maiden EJC win at Assen

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Hannes Soomer (Auto24Ring) has come out on top at the end of the 11-lap WIL Sport European Junior Cup race at TT Circuit Assen.

Starting from pole position, the 18-year-old Estonian rider took the lead on board his Honda CBR650F on the opening lap when Dorian Laville (Team Laville Mi&Do) ran slightly wide at turn five. Once at the front the third-year EJC rider never looked back and, by the end of the fifth lap, his margin on the chasing pack had grown to 1.9 seconds. Soomer smartly managed the gap in the remaining laps to claim his maiden win in the series.

"It‰Ûªs been a perfect weekend for me, firstly with yesterday‰Ûªs pole position and now with my maiden EJC win," Soomer said. "I really felt comfortable on my Honda CBR650F machine, so once I took the lead I knew I could ease away. I now head the standings ahead of the next race at Donington; there‰Ûªs quite a big break until then but I can‰Ûªt wait to get back on track."

With opening race winner Harun Cabuk (KNN54-TMF) crashing out at turn 10 on the sixth lap while he was well in contention for honours, the battle for the remaining podium positions went down to the wire with Laville edging out Spain‰Ûªs Mika Perez (Granshagen Racing Team) by 0.122s.
The racing was fast and furious at Assen
Fourth place went to Richard Bodis (H-Moto Team), who had the better of Italians Alfonso Coppola and Paolo Grassia, both riding for the Chiodo Moto Team. The top 10 was completed by South Africa‰Ûªs Troy Bezuidenhout (Into The Blue Diving-Costa del Sol), Germany‰Ûªs Gabriel Noderer (Noderer Racing), Byron Bester (Hi-Tech Racing) from South Africa and Romain Lecarpentier from France.

Avalon Biddle (Avalon Biddle Racing) was once again the fastest in the Women‰Ûªs European Cup with an eleventh-place finish. The WIL Sport European Junior Cup will return to action at Donington Park on May 27-29.

Main Photo: Hannes Soomer takes the chequered flag at Assen

Top Ten WIL Sport European Junior Cup Round 2 - Assen
1 Hannes Soomer - Auto24Ring Honda 19'59.495
2 Dorian Laville - Team LAVILLE Mi&Do Honda +2.968
3 Mika Perez - Granshagen Racing Team Honda +3.090
4 Richard Bodis - H-Moto Team Honda +9.326
5 Alfonso Coppola - Chiodo Moto Racing Honda +9.511
6 Paolo Grassia - Chiodo Moto Racing Honda +9.600
7 Troy Bezuidenhuit - Into The Blue Diving ‰ÛÒ Costa del Sol Honda +11.769
8 Gabriel Noderer - Noderer Racing Honda +27.028
9 Byron Bester -HI-TECH Racing Honda +27.156
10 Romain Lecarpentier - RPA Academy Honda +31.841

Top Ten WIL Sport European Championship Standings - After Round 2
1 Hannes SOOMER 36 Points
2 Mika PEREZ 36 Points
3 Dorian LAVILLE 30 Points
4 Paolo GRASSIA 26 Points
5 Harun CABUK 25 Points
6 Richard BODIS 22 Points
7 Alfonso COPPOLA 18 Points
8 Troy BEZUIDENHUIT 17 Points
9 Giuseppe DE GRUTTOLA 13 Points
10 Gabriel NODERER 8 Points
11 Romain LECARPENTIER 8 Points

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