WorldSSP300 sees Gonzalez on top ahead of Schotman and Deroue

Friday, 12 April 2019 13:10 GMT

Aragon race winner on top but home-heroes are right in behind him, ready to please the local crowd!

WorldSSP300 returned to action for their 2019 campaign, with a second race in as many weekends. From the hustle and bustle of MotorLand Aragon, the WorldSSP300 category are at a cold and windy TT Circuit Assen in The Netherlands, one of the staples on the WorldSBK paddock calendar. After the first day of action, it was Aragon race winner Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) on top, but there is a strong Dutch contingency chasing him down.

In Group B, it was the Dutch flag that was flying high, as Scott Deroue (Kawasaki MOTOPORT) and Victor Steeman (Freudenberg KTM Junior Team) led the way at home. The TT Circuit Assen showcased both riders running at the front of the group, placing in third and sixth overall. Borja Sanchez (Scuderia Maranga Racing) was third on in Group B and eighth overall, having led the opening session of the weekend in the morning.

Group A saw MotorLand Aragon race winner Manuel Gonzalez secure top spot overall with a blistering lap time in a chilly afternoon session. The Spanish rider, who took his first race win of his career at Aragon, was the first rider in to the 1´50s and set a time of a 1’50.934. In second position overall was Robert Schotman (Kawasaki MOTOPORT), just 0.138s behind Gonzalez. Third in the group but fourth overall, Mika Perez (Scuderia Maranga Racing) looked back in the mix of things at the TT Circuit Assen.

WorldSSP300 action returns on Saturday for FP3, Superpole and the much-anticipated Last Chance Race. Watch it all with the WorldSBK VideoPass!

Top six after FP2 (combined groups). Full Group A results here, Group B results here

  1. Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) 1’50.934
  2. Robert Schotman (Kawasaki MOTOPORT) 1’51.072
  3. Scott Deroue (Kawasaki MOTOPORT) 1’51.618
  4. Mika Perez (Scuderia Maranga Racing) 1’51.644
  5. Jan-Ole Jahnig (Freudenberg KTM Junior Team) 1’51.668
  6. Victor Steeman (Freudenberg KTM Junior Team) 1’51.685