21-year-old Corentin Perolari assisted the GMT94 YAMAHA outfit to second overall in the Teams’ Championship in WorldSSP, whilst also announcing himself as a future contender…
A strong end to the 2019 FIM Supersport World Championship saw Corentin Perolari finish the season with a flurry under the floodlights of the Losail International Circuit. The young Frenchman, who is in just his second season of WorldSSP action, was in a race-long battle with the top two in the Championship and whilst losing out on the final run to the line to finish sixth overall, it will be valuable experience gained to take forward into the future.
Starting from fourth on the grid, Perolari got a bright start and initially, was in the leading quartet that consisted of him, his teammate Jules Cluzel, Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) and Spanish rookie, Isaac Viñales (Kallio Racing). Running second for the first six laps before dropping back, Perolari remained inside the top five until the final drag to the line, where eventual Champion Randy Krummenacher (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) powered ahead by just 0.052s, leaving the 21-year-old French rider in sixth.
With five top eight finishes in the final five rounds – which included a career-best fourth – and pole position in Argentina, Perolari can be satisfied with his end of season: “I did everything I could to help Jules during this race, and to fulfil my role as a teammate as best I could. I finish this season with two great races, with one pole and two races at the front. This winter, I will have to keep working to get one more step closer and be able to fight for victory. I can’t wait for 2020.”
A second for Jules Cluzel and sixth for Perolari means that the GMT94 YAMAHA outfit clung on to their second place overall in the Teams’ Championship, despite a late surge from the Kawasaki Puccetti Racing team and an in-form Lucas Mahias. The 2017 WorldSSP Champion was the rider to beat in the final seven races of the season, scoring more points than anyone else. However, solid consistency from the GMT94 YAMAHA team means that only the peerless BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team were ahead of them after the Motul Qatar Round.
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