Deroue strikes first in Teruel after WorldSSP300 Friday running

Friday, 4 September 2020 12:57 GMT

Dutchman Scott Deroue fastest after two practice sessions on Friday as the only rider to lap in the 2’05s bracket

Action for FIM Supersport 300 World Championship got underway with two Free Practice sessions for the Pirelli Teruel Round at MotorLand Aragon, returning to the circuit just a week after two thrilling races. Scott Deroue (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) drew first blood as he topped the combined timesheets as the Dutchman looks to return to the top of the Championship.

The Dutchman’s best time came in Free Practice 1, setting a 2’05.899s to top the timesheets on Friday, almost half a second clear of his next nearest rival in the standings. Inigo Iglesias Bravo (Scuderia Maranga Racing) finished the day in second place after a strong Free Practice 1 showing as he finished ahead of Thomas Brianti (Prodina Ircos Team WorldSSP300); the Italian rider being classified in third place as he continued to show impressive pace at MotorLand Aragon having secured a second place finish at the Aragon Round.

Tom Edwards (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) finished the day in fourth place as the Australian looks to bounce back from a double Aragon retirement as he held off Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec WorldSSP300) by just 0.034s with the 2018 Champion finishing in fifth place; Carrasco around half-a-tenth away from a top three spot after Friday running. Nick Kalinin (Battley-RT Motorsports by SKM-Kawasaki) was the highest-placed Group B rider of the day in sixth place; the Ukrainian rider lapping almost a second of Deroue’s fastest time.

2020 race winner Bahattin Sofuoglu (Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha WSSP300) finished the day in seventh place as the Turkish rider, like Edwards, also looking to bounce back from a double Aragon Round retirement. Teammate Alvaro Diaz was classified eighth, just 0.027s back from Sofuoglu, with Ton Kawakami (Yamaha MS Racing) and Koen Meuffels (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) completing the top ten.

Filip Salac (ACCR Czech Talent Team – Willi Race) was classified in 18th place on his WorldSSP300 debut. Free Practice 1 had been disrupted for Group B runners when Hugo de Cancellis (Team TRASIMENO) suffered a technical issue and track; with a Red Flag deployed due to track conditions while Adrian Huertas (ProGP Racing) and Gabriele Mastroluca (GP Project) both crashed at Turn 1.

Numerous riders were unable to take part in the second Free Practice session following sanctions applied after the opening session, while Samuel di Sora (Leader Team Flembbo), Sylvain Markarian (Yamaha MS Racing) and Matyas Cervenka (Smrz Racing – Willi Race) all had incidents in Free Practice 2.

The top six following Friday practice in WorldSSP300, full results here:

1.) Scott Deroue (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) 2’05.899s

2.) Inigo Iglesias Bravo (Scuderia Maranga Racing) +0.480s

3.) Thomas Brianti (Prodina Ircos Team WorldSSP300) +0.594s

4.) Tom Edwards (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) +0.619s

5.) Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec WorldSSP300) +0.653s

6.) Nick Kalinin (Battley RT-Motorsports by SKM-Kawasaki) +0.914s

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