Final countdown

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 07:27 GMT

Inaugural WorldSSP300 title set to be decided in Spain

Following a stunning first season of racing action in the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship, it all comes down to the final race to decide the title. Tensions will be high in the Pirelli Spanish Round, as two riders will be fighting to have his name in the history books. Close racing will be guaranteed around the ever popular 4.4km circuit, and following the battles fans have been treated to so far this season the Andalucían circuit will come alive with the sound of the 300 machines, as you can be assured the fight will be to the chequered flag.

Marc Garcia (Halcourier Racing) sits four points ahead in the championship standings, and heads to his home round with a lot of pressure on his shoulders, but will be sure to have the support of his home crowd. Winning two races and securing five podium finishes throughout 2017, the Spanish rider has a lot of momentum behind him and will have his sights set on the title in Jerez. With plenty of experience around the 4.4km circuit following his time spent in the Red Bull Rookies, Garcia will be working with his YZF-R3 to bring the fight in one of the biggest races of his life.

The second rider up for the fight is Italian Alfonso Coppola (SK Racing), who narrowly missed out on the championship victory in France, and will be hungry for the battle in Spain. Also taking on the Yamaha YZF-R3, he has one win under his belt but has only spent two races off the podium so far his season. Consistently fighting up at the front end on his blue machine, he has a similar history around Jerez to his rival, but he was able to take a podium finish in the EJC last season. Winner of the Yamaha bLU cRU cup two weeks ago in France, the 20 year old has a taste for victory and will be on the hunt for more in Spain.

Scarcely missing out on the title fight into the last round is Mika Perez (WILSport Racedays), who despite giving his best efforts, was unable to keep the spark going around Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours. Missing out on a podium finish, the Spanish rider is now 30 points behind Garcia in the standings and therefore out of the title race. However he will be hoping to end the season with a bang, and add to his win tally of two so far in 2017. Competing in five EJC races around Circuito de Jerez, Perez has taken four top six finishes – including one podium. He may be out of the title fight, but he won’t be arriving to Jerez without looking for a fight.

Follow the explosive final round of the WorldSSP300 title fight with the WorldSBK VideoPass, with the race kicking off at 14.20LT.