The Swiss rider left it late in FP2 to set the fastest time as he went two tenths clear of his rivals after the first day of action at the Pertamina Mandalika Circuit
The first day of action for the FIM Supersport World Championship at the brand new Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit came to an end with 2019 Champion Randy Krummenacher (CM Racing) coming out on top after two practice sessions for the Pirelli Indonesian Round.
A LATE SURGE TO THE TOP
Krummenacher left it late in the second 45-minute session to go to the top of the timesheets as he posted a 1’36.726s, finishing 0.182s clear of his nearest rivals to post the fastest time of the day; with every rider setting their best lap time in the afternoon after the first morning session. Krummernacher’s Swiss compatriot, Dominique Aegerter (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) was second with a 1’36.908s; the two Swiss riders the only riders in the 1’36s bracket. Raffaele De Rosa (Orelac Racing VerdNatura) claimed third place as the lead Kawasaki rider, more than three tenths away from Krummenacher’s pace.
ROUNDING OUT THE TOP TEN…
Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha ParkinGo Team) had set the fastest time in Free Practice 1 and had been at the top of the timesheets throughout FP2 before being overhauled by Krummenacher, Aegerter and De Rosa, eventually claiming fourth place. Federico Caricasulo (VFT Racing), competing for his third team in 2021, claimed fifth place ahead of his former teammate, Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha), who rounded out the top six. Caricasulo had a technical issue and a crash at the end of the first session.
WorldSBK-bound Philipp Oettl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) found plenty of time to move into seventh place in the combined classification, with Niki Tuuli (MV Agusta Corse Clienti) in eighth. Finnish rider Tuuli lost some track time in FP1 as he looked to take to the track, but responded in both sessions to claim eighth place. South African rider Steven Odendaal (Evan Bros. Yamaha WorldSSP Team) claimed ninth place ahead of teammate Peter Sebestyen in tenth.
HOPING TO BREAK INTO THE TOP TEN
Can Öncü (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was 11th in the combined standings as the Turkish rider looked to get off to a strong start at the new venue, with Valentin Debise (GMT94 Yamaha) in 12th. Debise had a crash in FP1 after a highside at Turn 5, but he was able to re-join the circuit following his crash.
Spanish rider Unai Orradre (Yamaha MS Racing) claimed 13th place, eight tenths away from Debise, as his adjustment to WorldSSP continues following a mid-season step up from WorldSSP300. Finland’s Vertti Takala (Kallio Racing) was 14th with Swedish rider Christoffer Bergman (Wojick Racing Team) rounding out the top 15.
COMPLETING THE FIELD…
Estonian rider Hannes Soomer (Kallio Racing) was 16th ahead of home hero Galang Hendra Pratama (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) in 17th; the Indonesian just 0.010s away from Soomer as well as a tenth clear of Andres Gonzalez (VFT Racing) as he returned to WorldSSP following his debut last time out in Argentina. Daniel Valle (Yamaha MS Racing) is another returning rider and he finished in 19th place, ahead of Dutch duo Glenn van Straalen (EAB Racing Team) and Jeffrey Buis (G.A.P. MOTOZOO Racing by Puccetti); van Straalen having a highside in the closing stages of FP2 at the Turn 2 and 3 complex.
The top six following Friday action in WorldSSP, full results here:
1. Randy Krummenacher (CM Racing) 1’36.726s
2. Dominique Aegerter (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) +0.182s
3. Raffaele De Rosa (Orelac Racing VerdNatura) +0.362s
4. Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha ParkinGO Team) 0.513s
5. Federico Caricasulo (VFT Racing) +0.537s
6. Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha) +0.658s
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