Di Sora surges to the top in WorldSSP300 FP1 as wildcard Ieraci impresses in Italy

Friday, 2 June 2023 08:35 GMT

A late lap from Samuel Di Sora meant he topped the times by three tenths ahead of wildcard Bruno Ieraci who was second on his WorldSSP300 return

The first track action in the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” got underway with French rider Samuel Di Sora (ProDina Kawasaki Racing) topping the times at the Pirelli Emilia-Romagna Round. The French rider was just over three tenths clear of his nearest rivals with plenty of home heroes featuring inside the top ten in the 30-minute Free Practice 1 session, including wildcard Bruno Ieraci (ProDina Kawasaki Racing) in second.

Di Sora had been running inside the top positions throughout the session but a late lap of 1’49.601s moved him to top spot ahead of teammate and wildcard rider Ieraci. Ieraci, who competed in WorldSSP300 on a full-time basis previously, is returning to the Championship as a wildcard and he impressed with second place, 0.314s behind his teammate. Jose Luis Perez Gonzalez (Accolade Smrz Racing BGR) claimed third place after setting a 1’50.145s, half-a-second down on Ieraci.

Fourth down to ninth place were filled by Italian riders. Rookie Mattia Martella (ProDina Kawasaki Racing) was on top a few minutes from the end but was demoted down to fourth place after posting a 1’50.183s, finishing ahead of Mirko Gennai (Team BrCorse) who claimed fifth place and lapped 0.638s down on Di Sora. Devis Bergamini (ProGP Racing) also impressed on home soil as he rounded out the top six with sixth place.

Alessandro Zanca (Team#109 Kawasaki) claimed seventh spot despite completing only three laps during FP1 as he set a 1’50.327s, finishing ahead of Marco Gaggi (Team BrCorse) in eighth with the pair separated by only 0.004s. Kevin Sabatucci (Team Flembbo – PI Performances) was ninth on his return from injury and lapped only 0.003s slower than Gaggi, while British rider Fenton Seabright (Kawasaki GP Project) rounded out the top ten.

The top six from WorldSSP300 FP1, full results here:

1 Samuel Di Sora (ProDina Kawasaki Racing) 1’49.601s

2. Bruno Ieraci (ProDina Kawasaki Racing) +0.314s

3. Jose Luis Perez Gonzalez (Accolade Smrz Racing BGR) +0.544s

4. Mattia Martella (ProDina Kawasaki Racing) +0.582s

5. Mirko Gennai (Team BrCorse) +0.638s

6. Devis Bergamini (ProGP Racing) +0.689s

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