Damp but drying, just not drying enough: WorldSSP300 is wide open ahead of Saturday’s action
The rain stopped falling for the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship’s FP2 at Most, but it wasn’t enough to allow the track to dry out completely, meaning damp running concluded day one. Leading the way into day two after topping FP1, Victor Steeman (Freudenberg KTM WorldSSP Team) took charge overall, although come the end of FP2, it was Jeffrey Buis (MTM Kawasaki) who mastered the wet weather and made hay whilst the sun attempted to shine.
OVERALL TOP 3: Steeman continues to steam ahead
Steeman was right on the pace in the first session of the weekend and come the end of the day, he was the man to beat on the combined times, although he opted to not go out in FP2. Championship leader Adrian Huertas (MTM Kawasaki) was next up in second place overall but unlike Steeman, opted to head out and brave the FP2 rain, finishing in 20th. In the top three from the morning, Jose Luis Perez Gonzalez (Accolade Smrz Racing) was 13th in the wet afternoon session but nonetheless, looks competitive for his home-team.
THE REST OF THE TOP 10: it’s anyone’s guess…
In fourth place was Koen Meuffels (MTM Kawasaki) but he was 17th in the wet, whilst fifth place went to home-hero Oliver Konig (Movisio by MIE), who was the highest placed rider of the combined times in the wet weather. 2021 podium finisher Samuel Di Sora (Leader Team Flembbo) settled into the top six and was 16th in the tricky afternoon conditions, as the weather turned the morning running on its head.
Victor Rodriguez Nuñez (Accolade Smrz Racing) was seventh overall whilst next up in eighth was Christian Stange (2R Racing), the German having a strong morning showing. Bahattin Sofuoglu (Biblion Yamaha Motoxracing) completed the overall top nine but was the second-fastest rider of FP2’s wet running, indicative of a strong performances in all of the weather. Defending World Champion Jeffrey Buis (MTM Kawasaki) was fastest in the wet but tenth overall, the Dutchman adapting to the weather and growing in confidence as the day wore on.
WEATHER CHANGES EVERYTHING: who made gains into the top ten?
Second in the Championship Tom Booth-Amos (Fusport – RT Motorsports by SKM – Kawasaki) was 11th on the overall timesheets but third in the wet running, something Booth-Amos has always thrived in. Also finding form to break into the top ten in the wet running was Petr Svoboda (WRP Wepol Racing), who was top Czech rider in the afternoon in fourth.
Unai Orradre (Yamaha MS Racing) was fifth in FP2 and up from 29th in FP1 and Filippo Maria Palazzi (ProGP Project) was an even bigger improver, moving into seventh from 38th in the morning. Hugo De Cancellis (Prodina Team WorldSSP300) was eighth in the wet but 22nd overall, whilst Gabriele Mastroluca (ProGP Project) was tenth in the wet but 17th in the dry. 2018 World Champion Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec WorldSSP300) had a shocking day: just 36th in the morning and 25th in the afternoon.
Top six after day one combined, full results here:
- Victor Steeman (Freudenberg KTM WorldSSP Team) 1’47.191
- Adrian Huertas (MTM Kawasaki) +0.470s
- Jose Luis Perez Gonzalez (Accolade Smrz Racing) +0.911s
- Koen Meuffels (MTM Kawasaki) +1.059s
- Oliver König (Movisio by MIE) +1.132s
- Samuel Di Sora (Leader Team Flembbo) +1.165s
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