Cluzel claims top spot ahead of GMT94 Yamaha teammate Caricasulo

Tuesday, 30 March 2021 11:09 GMT

The morning session gave a repeat of yesterday’s top three in a different order as Jules Cluzel finished the morning session fastest

The morning session of FIM Supersport World Championship action was again interrupted by a Red Flag but it did not stop French rider Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha) reclaiming top spot on Tuesday morning as he went fastest by more than three tenths of a second ahead of teammate Federico Caricasulo.

Cluzel had finished in the top three in yesterday’s combined times and continued to confirm his strong pace by topping the penultimate WorldSSP session in the Supported Test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. He held off the challenge from teammate Caricasulo as the Italian rider secured second place despite a crash in the final sector of the lap; the Italian able to keep lapping following the incident. Yesterday’s pace setter, Dominique Aegerter (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) continued his strong showing ahead of his rookie campaign with third in the morning session.

Estonian Hannes Soomer (Kallio Racing) climbed up the order on day two as he finished fourth in the morning session, beating Finland’s Niki Tuuli (MV Agusta Corse Clienti) by around two tenths of a second. Luca Bernardi (CM Racing) completed the top six as the Sammarinese rider prepares for his rookie campaign in WorldSSP.

Manuel Gonzalez’s (Yamaha ParkinGo Team) session came to a premature halt when he crashed at Turn 8 with around 17 minutes left in the session but the Spanish rider had been able to post the seventh best lap time of the session despite the crash, finishing ahead of Christoffer Bergman (Wojick Racing Team). 2019 Champion Randy Krummenacher (EAB Racing Team) was ninth as he looks to get up to speed after he missed most of the 2020 campaign with Federicio Fuligni (VFT Racing) completing the top ten.

The only Red Flag of the session was caused by a technical problem for Galang Hendra Pratama (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) on the start-and-finish straight with the Red Flags flown to recover his stricken bike following the issue. Despite having his session curtailed by the issue, Hendra Pratama was able to post the 16th best lap time.

The top six following the morning session in WorldSSP on day two, full results here:

1.) Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha) 1’44.355s

2.) Federico Caricasulo (GMT94 Yamaha) +0.363s

3.) Dominique Aegerter (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) +.0376s

4.) Hannes Sooner (Kallio Racing) +1.140s

5.) Niki Tuuli (MV Agusta Corse Clienti) +1.339s

6.) Luca Bernardi (CM Racing) +1.416s

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