CEV Repsol, Jerez Round
The 4 day course of the FIM CEV Repsol round at Jerez saw good and continued progress from Chandler Cooper in the SuperStock category, with him proving to be very compeititive against his regular rivals in the championship, and also saw him facing new faces from the Spanish Supersport championship when it came to establishing the best positions in Qualifying.
Chandler took a small fall at the start of the weekend’s sessions on Thursday when trying out new settings on the front end, folding at the fast righthander at turn 10 in some unpredictably windy conditions that crept in during the day. Although he was naturally disappointed, it was not a serious crash and Chandler didn’t lose his focus ahead of Friday.
The young Australian was able to get good feelings on the bike through Friday and into Saturday for the Qualifying, improving his personal best time by 1.4 seconds and then shaving a further 0.5 seconds off that in Sunday morning’s warm-up session.
The Dunlop-shod Yamaha R6 lined up 18th on the grid for the only Moto2 race of the weekend, and Chandler rode it comfortable finishing only around a minute behind the Moto2 winner, taking third position in the SuperStock category and gaining 5 points back on the leader of the championship, reducing the deficit to 35 points.
With three more races to go, the next in Albacete, he is hoping to continue pulling the points back in to continue towards closing the season with a creditable place on the board.