After claiming pole last time out in the Netherlands, Victor Steeman backed up his performance at Most despite late drama in Superpole
Dutch rider Victor Steeman (Freudenberg KTM WorldSSP Team) secured his second consecutive pole position in the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship despite having his best lap time deleted at the Autodrom Most for the Tissot Czech Round, setting a time in Tissot Superpole that was two tenths clear of his nearest rival.
THE TOP THREE…
Steeman’s best lap time was one of five that were deleted for irresponsible riding, but he had posted a 1’46.871s to claim pole position on the Championship’s first visit to the Autodrom Most. Steeman had, unusually for WorldSSP300, been running for the majority of Superpole on his own and used that to claim his second consecutive pole position.
Local hero Oliver König (Movisio by MIE) became the first Czech rider to claim a front row start with second on the grid. König had gone fastest right at the end of the session before Steeman edged him out by two tenths to claim pole. Championship leader Adrian Huertas (MTM Kawasaki) will start from the front row although he was another who had his best lap time deleted for irresponsible riding.
COMPLETING THE TOP TEN
Dutch rider Ruben Bijman (Machado CAME SBK) narrowly missed out on his first ever front row start with fourth place in the Tissot Superpole session, just half-a-tenth away from Huertas. Alejandro Carrion (Kawasaki GP Project) claimed fifth place after a strong showing in Tissot Superpole with Tom Booth-Amos (Fusport – RT Motorsports by SKM – Kawasaki) in sixth despite a late crash at Turn 8 and being unable to re-join the session.
Reigning Champion Jeffrey Buis (MTM Kawasaki) was seventh with Jose Luis Perez Gonzalez, racing for Czech team Accolade Smrz Racing, claimed a top ten starting grid with eighth and will be hoping he can convert that into a strong result for his team’s home round. Turkish star Bahattin Sofuoglu (Biblion Yamaha Motoxracing) was ninth with Meikon Kawakami (AD78 Team Brasil by MS Racing) rounding out the top ten.
ON THE FRINGES
French rider Hugo de Cancellis (Prodina Team WorldSSP300) narrowly missed out on a top ten spot by just 0.026s with Italian rider Mirko Gennai (Team BRcorse) a tenth further back in 12th. Unai Orradre (Yamaha MS Racing) had a crash with a few minutes remaining at the penultimate corner, Turn 20, and qualified in 13th place after having his best lap time deleted for irresponsible riding.
After claiming a podium last time out at Assen, Samuel Di Sora claimed 14th place on the grid for WorldSSP300’s inaugural visit to Most with Thomas Brianti (Prodina Team WorldSSP300) in 15th place. Yuta Okaya (MTM Kawasaki) claimed 16th with Mate Szamado (Kawasaki GP Project) in 17th in his first-ever WorldSSP300 Superpole session. Gabriele Mastroluca (ProGP Racing), Petr Svoboda (WRP Wepol Racing) and Victor Rodriguez Nuñez (Accolade Smrz Racing) rounded out the top 20.
Koen Meuffels (MTM Kawasaki) will start from 17th place after having his best lap time deleted for irresponsible riding, while 2018 Champion Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec WorldSSP300) could only set the 37th best lap time.
The provisional top six following WorldSSP300 Superpole, full results here:
1. Victor Steeman (KTM Freudenberg KTM WorldSSP Team) 1’46.871s
2. Oliver König (Movisio by MIE) +0.215s
3. Adrian Huertas (MTM Kawasaki) +0.220s
4. Ruben Bijman (Machado CAME SBK) +0.279s
5. Alejandro Carrion (Kawasaki GP Project) +0.430s
6. Tom Booth-Amos (Fusport – RT Motorsports by SKM – Kawasaki) +0.483s
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