WorldSSP300: Coppola secures pole position in tense Superpole

Saturday, 19 August 2017 10:20 GMT

Italian fights off competition to take stunning pole position

Alfonso Coppola (SK Racing) will start from pole position in the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship, as the championship returns for their sixth round of the inaugural season, in a competitive qualifying session at Lausitzring.

Superpole one began at the Prosecco DOC German Round with all riders keen to get out on track as the 15 minute session began. Borja Sanchez (Halcourier Racing) was the first rider to set a competitive lap time around the 4.265km circuit, dominating the opening half of the session. Unchallenged for the top spot, Michael Carbonera (SK Racing) secured second position in the closing three minutes, just 0.380s behind the Spanish rider. However a stunning lap from Indonesian rider Ali Adriansyah Rusmiputro (MVR Racing) as the flag went out saw him shoot into first position with a lap time of 1.57.009, taking him automatically into Superpole Two.

As riders went out for the all important Superpole Two and the dash for pole, Robert Schotman (GRT Yamaha WorldSSP300 Team) was the first rider to set a strong lap time, and it was a highly competitive session around Lausitzring. A strong fight for pole position ensued, with six riders sitting in provisional pole. Ultimately it was Coppola who took the top time with a lap of 1.55.665, ahead of Mika Perez (WILSport Racedays) in second position after the Spanish rider was caught up in traffic. Marc Garcia (Halcourier Racing) completes the front row, 0.730s off the pole position. Giuseppe De Gruttola (SK Racing) will head the front row, ahead of Ana Carrasco (ETG Racing) who was able to lead the session mid-way through as Gabriel Noderer (Scuderia Maranga Racing) ended the session in the top six.  

Relive all the exciting WorldSSP300 Superpole sessions with the WorldSBK VideoPass, ahead of race which kicks off at 14.20LT on Sunday, as 35 riders take on the German circuit of Lausitzring for the first time.