Bruno Ieraci took his second WorldSSP300 victory of the weekend as a wildcard during the Emilia-Romagna Round
There was action everywhere you looked in Race 2 for the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship on Sunday during the Pirelli Emilia-Romagna Round at the iconic Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” as wildcard Bruno Ieraci (ProDina Kawasaki Racing) doubled up on victories as a wildcard. After his Race 1 success on Saturday, the Italian rider was able to make his move to claim victory on Sunday on the last lap of 15 in an unpredictable Race 2.
ANOTHER WILDCARD WIN: Ieraci remains on top at Misano
As ever in WorldSSP300, the Championship was unpredictable throughout the 15-lap race as Ieraci added to his win tally to back up his Race 1 victory on Sunday. He made the race-winning move on the last lap to take his points tally to 50 points for the season as he fended off German rider Dirk Geiger (Freudenberg KTM – Paligo Racing) by just 0.062s at the end of the race, while Petr Svoboda (Fusport – RT Motorsport by SKM.- Kawasaki) bounced back from his Race 1 crash to claim a podium finish at Misano. Ieraci becomes only the third rider in WorldSSP300 to take his first two wins on consecutive days, following in the footsteps of rivals Jeffrey Buis (MTM Kawasaki) and Petr Svoboda (Accolade Smrz Racing BGR), while Geiger and Svoboda both took their third WorldSSP300 podium in their careers.
IN THE TOP SIX: strong results on Sunday
Dutch rookie Loris Veneman (MTM Kawasaki) took his best result of the season so far with fourth place, only 0.740s down on Ieraci at the end of the race despite having to serve a Long Lap Penalty for irresponsible riding in Warm Up, while he was ahead of Fenton Seabright (Kawasaki GP Project) in fifth; the British rider had to serve a Long Lap Penalty for irresponsible riding in Warm Up. Like Veneman, it was Seabright’s best result for him in WorldSSP300 so far as he claimed his first top-five finish in the Championship. Marco Gaggi (Team BrCorse) led home teammate Mirko Gennai in seventh place, with Gennai battling from 28th after having to start from the back of the grid due to a tyre pressure limits infringement on the grid.
SCORING A TOP TEN: ending the weekend on a high
Spanish rider Jose Luis Perez Gonzalez (Accolade Smrz Racing BGR) took eighth place and was only 1.3 seconds away from Ieraci at the end of the 15-lap race, while French rider Samuel Di Sora (ProDina Kawasaki Racing) was one of several riders who led the race at points during the battle. Ruben Bijman (Arco Motor University Team) rounded out the top ten despite a Long Lap Penalty for irresponsible riding in Warm Up on Sunday morning.
TAKING HOME POINTS: leaving Misano with points
Rookie Devis Bergamini (ProGP Racing) took 11th place, less than a tenth away from finishing in the top ten, as he also set the fastest lap of the race ahead of Galang Hendra Pratama (Sublime Racing by MS Racing) in 12th place. Kevin Sabatucci (Team Flembbo – PI Performances) was 13th on home soil ahead of Daniel Mogeda (Kawasaki GP Project) in 14th and Lennox Lehmann (Freudenberg KTM – Paligo Racing) who completed the points-paying positions.
HOUSEKEEPING: to note from WorldSSP300 Race 2
Emanuele Cazzaniga (Racestar) started from the back of the grid due to a tyre pressure infringement on the grid and he was able to fight his way back up to 19th place, finishing ahead of Julio Garcia (Team Flembbo – PI Performances) in 20th. Garcia had to serve a Long Lap Penalty for irresponsible riding during Warm Up.
Humberto Maier (Yamaha MS Racing/AD78 Latin America Team) was forced out of the race when he had a technical problem with his bike towards the end of Lap 5, with the Brazilian bringing his machine into the pits. Yeray Saiz Marquez (Accolade Smrz Racing BGR) was another who retired with a technical issue as he pulled out of the race on Lap 7 at Turn 16. Jeffrey Buis (MTM Kawasaki) retired after contact with Alessandro Zanca (Team#109 Kawasaki) on Lap 11, with Zanca retiring from the race by entering the pits. Earlier on the last lap, at Turn 10, Matteo Vannucci (AG Motorsport Italia Yamaha) and Mattia Martella (ProDina Kawasaki Racing) crashed out. The incident was placed under investigation by the FIM WorldSBK Stewards.
The top six following WorldSSP Race 2, full results here:
1. Bruno Ieraci (ProDina Kawasaki Racing)
2. Dirk Geiger (Freudenberg KTM – Paligo Racing) +0.062s
3. Petr Svoboda (Fusport – RT Motorsport by SKM – Kawasaki) +0.411s
4. Loris Veneman (MTM Kawasaki) +0.740s
5. Fenton Seabright (Kawasaki GP Project) +0.934s
6. Marco Gaggi (Team BrCorse) +1.071s
Fastest Lap: Devis Bergamini (Yamaha) – 1’49.881s
1 Mirko Gennai (Team BrCorse) 86 points
2. Petr Svoboda (Fusport – RT Motorsport by SKM – Kawasaki) 85
3. Dirk Geiger (Freudenberg KTM – Paligo Racing) 71
4. Jose Luis Perez Gonzalez (Accolade Smrz Racing BGR) 67
5. Samuel Di Sora (ProDina Kawasaki Racing) 65
6. Humberto Maier (Yamaha MS Racing/AD78 Latin America Team) 65
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