Contrasting fortunes for Italians in World Supersport after the first session, with the title on the line in the penultimate round of the Championship
With the track cleaning up and the sun continuing to soak the Circuito San Juan Villicum venue, the FIM Supersport World Championship was the next class to take to the track. After an eventful Pirelli French Round, the title race is still alive, and every Free Practice session is vital. At the top of the times, Ayrton Badovini (Team Pedercini Racing) was looking to be back at his best, having taken his first pole position of his World Supersport career just two weeks ago, way ahead of the opposition after FP1 in Argentina.
A strong run of laps from Ayrton Badovini saw the Italian rider continue his good form on from Magny-Cours, as he begins to look threatening in WorldSSP. The former race winner was nearly half-a-second clear of Championship leader, Randy Krummenacher (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team), who could be Champion this weekend. Corentin Perolari (GMT94 YAMAHA) came to the fore in the closing stages to finish third, whilst Magny-Cours pole-sitter Kyle Smith (Team Pedercini Racing) was fourth. Isaac Viñales (Kallio Racing) completed the top five, off the back of his first WorldSSP podium two weeks ago.
Magny-Cours race winner Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was a solid sixth after the first 45 minutes, whilst Jules Cluzel (GMT94 YAMAHA) was only able to manage seventh. Raffaele De Rosa (MV AGUSTA Reparto Corse) was next up in eighth place, whilst Hikari Okubo (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was ninth, ahead of German rider Christian Stange (GEMAR – Ciociaria Corse WorldSSP Team) on his Honda, making it four manufacturers and seven nationalities inside the top ten. Federico Caricasulo (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) endured a tough opening session, down in 12th.
Top six after FP1 WorldSSP, full results here!
- Ayrton Badovini (Team Pedercini Racing) 1’47.437
- Randy Krummenacher (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) +0.481
- Corentin Perolari (GMT94 YAMAHA) +0.537
- Kyle Smith (Team Pedercini Racing) +0.563
- Isaac Viñales (Kallio Racing) +0.629
- Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) +0.661
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