South African-born bike racer Steven Odendaal made historical past by winning his first-ever speed in The 2021 FIM Supersport World Championship, Pirelli Aragon Round in Rush 1 on Saturday.
This used to be Odendaal’s first victory at this stage
It didn’t exactly come in the most glamourous type for the Johannesburg-born racer Odendaal, as he took advantage of a collision between earlier pacesetters Julez Cluzel and Niki Tuuli who speed for GMT94 YAMAHA and MV Agusta Corse Clienti, respectively.
But that would matter itsy-bitsy or no to Odendaal as he used to be a victim of grief himself, honest now not too lengthy ago having suffered the grief of a excessive-tempo crash on the Supported Take a look at on the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, an accident that left the Evan Bros. Yamaha WorldSSP. Team racer with a dislocated shoulder. He then showed gigantic character to return this week, in victorious type, creating historical past in the route of.
Odendaal started shifting gears and moved ahead approaching flip 15, sooner than keeping out the likes of rookie Dominique Aegerter of Switzerland as successfully as Philipp Oettl from Germany who finished second and third respectively, to finish the season opener’s podium.
His response after winning
Speaking after the win, the 28-year-old said
“I’ve been working in the direction of this second for a in truth very lengthy time. The team were amazing the entire weekend. We skilled some refined stipulations during this speed attributable to the temperature.” Said Odendaal.
After this victory in the main speed of spherical one Odendaal occupies the main dwelling in the championship standings, leading with 25 points. The likes of Aegerter and Oettl remain at shut quarters, nonetheless, as they racked up a points haul of 20 and 16 respectively.
After the speed, he went on to post the following on his unswerving Instagram tale.
“First victory in world SSP @worldsbk
A huge attributable to my team @evanbrosracingteam sponsors and household”
No stranger to accolades
Odendaal is now not any stranger to winning, as he used to be moreover crowned the 2016 FIM CEV Moto2 European Champion, in a season the put he used to be victorious six times, sooner than making the podium a additional nine times. It used to be only final year the put he switched to World Supersport with EAB Ten Kate Yamaha for his debut season in the category, finishing Prime 5 overall in the championship standings.
He has outlined his targets for 2021 which include winning the WorldSSP title alongside with his recent employers who’re in the intervening time defending champions.