Montella secures pole; Huertas and Manzi complete front row for Race 1

The WorldSSP Superpole session saw yet more drama, speed and crashes as the picture for Saturday morning became a lot clearer. The Championship top three all replicate their positions in the standings on the grid, for what is sure to be an explosive Race 1.

TOP THREE CONTINUE TO PERFORM ABOVE THE REST: Montella on pole

The FIM Supersport World Championship has seen a dramatic first day back in action, whilst the pacesetters at the top of the standings continue to display their prowess and pace. Yari Montella (Barni Spark Racing Team) was awarded pole position following the end of the Superpole session, whilst Adrian Huertas (Aruba.it Racing WorldSSP Team) finished the afternoon session the same way he did in the morning; fast. His time of 1’36.843s was enough to secure P2 in Race 1 tomorrow. He thought that he had done enough to secure pole, but found that he had exceeded track limits at turn 13, and was thus demoted. His crash saw the Spaniard collide into the back of Oli Bayliss’ (D34G Racing WorldSSP Team) Panigale V2, before suffering a highside at Turn 4.   Stefano Manzi (Pata Yamaha Ten Kate Racing) rounded out the front row by securing P3.

DIVERSE BATTLE FOR THE SECOND ROW: Can Oncu performs impressive comeback

Elsewhere, the second row took an interesting shape. France’s Valentin Debise (Evan Bros WorldSSP Yamaha Team) continued his impressive form to secure P4, whilst Finnish rider Niki Tuuli (EAB Racing Team) secured a spot in the top five. Locking out the second row was Can Oncu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Team), with the Turk completing an impressive Superpole lap that, whilst initially seeing him stuck in P18, ultimately saw him jump to P6 for tomorrow’s race.

STRONG VARIETY IN THE TOP TEN: Bayliss moves into top ten

Rounding out the top ten was an interesting variety of riders on the grid. Italy’s Federico Caricasulo (Motozoo ME AIR Racing) secured an impressive P7 on the grid, whilst Oli Bayliss (D34G Racing WorldSSP Team) showed impressive consistency to secure P8. P9 and P10 were rounded out by Spaniard Jorge Navarro (Orelac Racing Verdnatura) and Italy native Luca Ottaviani (Extreme Racing Service), who is wildcarding this weekend.

You can check the full results from the session here:

  1. Yari Montella (Barni Spark Racing Team) 1’36.876s
  2. Adrian Huertas (Aruba.it Racing WorldSSP Team) +0.029s
  3. Stefano Manzi (Pata Yamaha Ten Kate Racing) +0.613s
  4. Valentin Debise (Evan Bros WorldSSP Yamaha Team) +0.682s
  5. Niki Tuuli (EAB Racing Team) +0.757s
  6. Can Oncu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) +0.787s

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FRIDAY ROUND UP: “The flow was very good at the test; we just need to improve the confidence.”

The MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship is back, and it has already been a day packed with action, rumours, and discussions. Key figures from the WorldSBK spoke about several topics, including rider futures, goals and more. Read on below to find the best quotes and stories from a busy day of action at Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli”.

AIMING HIGH AT BMW: “Toprak’s confidence is super high… My focus is to see Michael following him towards the front”

Explaining his expectations for the weekend, ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team Team Principal Shaun Muir said: “I think we can continue that form. I don’t see any reason why not. We’ve got that tyre, that chassis and that setup and that package that can take us the full race distance, so that’s the expectation. Toprak’s confidence is super high. Equally, Michael’s riding on the back of that as well, so hopefully we can take that forward. For me, I think we can expect to see Toprak moving towards the front very quickly. My focus is to see Michael following him towards the front quickly.”

He also spoke about van der Mark’s future, saying: “I believe things are progressing, and I believe there will be an announcement soon. I endorse Marc’s comments on that one. It’s down to BMW to manage that situation. I’m hopefully there will be news soon, and that that will all be sorted soon. A good, harmonious camp paves the way for progress and success. It is super, super important.”

A HOME ROUND FOR IANONNE: “We want to try and make the steps that we are missing to fight for the podium…”

Andrea Iannone (Team GoEleven) comes into his first race in Italy in several years, with Team Manager Denis Sacchetti previewing the weekend: “Really important weekend for us and for Andrea. We will do the best weekend possible for our fans, for our guests, for our sponsors and for us. We want to try and make the steps that we are missing to fight for the podium. It is important to try many different things. We are working in a different way, and we are trying some different things.”

BAUTISTA’S FUTURE CLEAR SOON? “Our goal is to continue with Alvaro”

Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) and Misano have been a match made in heaven recently, with the Spaniard enjoying huge success on the Adriatic Coast in recent years. However, his future with Ducati continues to be the topic of debate and gossip, with many speculating as to whether the reigning World Champion will continue with the Bologna manufacturer or not. Team Manager Serafino Foti appeared to drop a major hint about the Spaniard’s future, saying: “Our goal is to continue with Alvaro, but we will probably start to pick after the race. We don’t have any backup options; at the moment, the goal is to continue with Alvaro.”

REJUVINATION FOR REA? “He’s finding his flow”

Another rider who has been the topic of much intrigue throughout the paddock has been Pata Prometeon Yamaha rider Jonathan Rea. The ex-World Champion has struggled so far with his adaptation to the R1 yet has shown much more promise in recent weeks. Discussing the Ulsterman’s progress and development, Team Principal Paul Denning said this: “Yes, very much so. We’ve found a better balance with the bike that allows him to ride more naturally. He was fast on the race tyres and the SCQ tyres; it is definitely the best test we’ve done as a group. But overall, I think we all underestimated the time it would take to adapt to the R1 from the previous bike. Nine years with the same people and the same process is a long time for a rider to then jump onto a new bike with new characteristics and get the best out of it.”

Denning was then asked about Rea’s riding style, as well as the difference in translating his riding style success to a different bike. Denning said: “I think that maybe this bike requires a different approach compared to the Kawasaki in order to get the best out of it. It’s a less physical bike, and probably doesn’t respond as well to that riding style. It’s a matter of giving Jonathan what he needs to suit his riding style, but also the adaptation from Jonathan is coming and he’s finding his flow. Jonathan looks good. The flow was very good at the test; we just need to improve the confidence.”

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“I am not in a hurry, and I am calm” – Bautista talks Friday at Misano, future and more

The MOTUL FIM Superbike World Champion is officially back in action, and the opening day of Round 4 firmly lived up to expectations. With an opening salvo that delivered thrills, spills and everything in between, one man who has been at the epicenter of the rumour mill is the reigning World Champion, Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati). The Ducati star was discussing everything from technical setup to potential rivals across the weekend, as well as his own future in the paddock.

“I END THE DAY WITH GOOD FEEDBACK”: Bautista continuing to work on setup

Ever since the Cremona test a few weeks ago, Alvaro Bautista has repeatedly been clear on his attempts to discover the perfect setup for his Panigale V4 R; so far, it remains an ongoing process. The reigning World Champion admitted that he struggled in the morning but found more improvement as the day progressed. Speaking about this, Bautista said: “For sure, today was a bit strange. In the morning, we were trying the new front tyre from Pirelli, and for sure, the feeling wasn’t the best. The feedback wasn’t good, and the bike struggled a lot to stop. At the end, we decided to just take it out and keep our standard front tyre, the SC1. In the afternoon, we tried the new rear tyre. Again, the feeling wasn’t as bad as with the front. Today, I didn’t feel the same feedback as I had during the test. I asked the team to make some small changes to the setup of the bike, and with the Pirelli used tyres I did my best time. At least we end the day with good feedback and confidence for tomorrow morning.”

Bautista also addressed the nagging problem of inconsistency with discovering his ideal setup. Talking about this, Bautista pondered: “This year, it’s quite strange. It’s like in every track we have to start from zero and build the right setup. We have to keep working until we find a good base setup that works at all the tracks. Today we had the second practice with good feedback, and I think we will be starting in a better position for tomorrow.”

“I THINK THEY ARE THE STRONGEST GUYS”: Alvaro assesses rivals ahead of races

The Ducati rider was then asked to give his thoughts on the state of his title rivals heading into the weekend. With both ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team rider Toprak Razgatlioglu (ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) and fellow Aruba.it Racing – Ducati’s Nicolo Bulega both proving to be very fast on Friday. Bautista had this to say: “I think they both (Bulega and Toprak) are the strongest guys right now. But we cannot forget that Iannone will try to win in Italy. It will be important to have good feeling with the bike and to have a good Superpole session.”

“WHY THINK ABOUT THE FUTURE WHEN I HAVE ALL THIS WORK?”: Bautista on future

Lastly, the reigning Champion once again addressed the hot topic of his future. Speaking about whether there were any plans to make a decision one way or the other, Bautista said this: “It’s most important for me that I have fun with the bike. First of all, I have to find good feedback with the bike, so that I can ride the way I want to. Then I will decide. I am not in a hurry, and I am quite calm. At the moment, the team is happy and supporting me. Why think about the future when I have all this work to do in the present?”

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Razgatlioglu: “It was a bit of a stupid crash… my target is to have three wins here”

Toprak Razgatlioglu (ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) was the pacesetter on Friday at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” with the #54 setting rapid lap times. His best came in Free Practice 1 after a crash disrupted his Free Practice 2 running but, despite the tumble, the Turkish superstar was delighted with Friday’s performance which sets him up perfectly for the rest of the Pirelli Emilia-Romagna Round.

Razgatlioglu set blistering pace in FP1 over one lap and in race pace. His outright best time was a 1’33.448s but it was his long-run pace that caught the eye. He completed an 11-lap run to start the session, with nine laps in the 1’33s bracket – ranging from 1’33.648s to 1’34.237s – with only the final and second-last laps touching the 1’34s bracket. The #54’s best time came in FP1, with Razgatlioglu not improving in FP2. If he can claim victory, it will be the German manufacturer’s first win at Misano while there is also the potential of him being the first BMW rider to lead the Championship standings since Marco Melandri did back in 2012.

With his pace there for all to see, Razgatlioglu said: “My target is to have three wins here but it’s not possible to say before the race. I’m focused day by day; tomorrow we have Superpole, and I’m focused on this and try to do my best, set a new record if possible. After, I’m just focused on the race because I need to win again. We worked really hard. Every weekend, we improve the bike and I’m happy about this. It looks like Ducati’s very strong, but they’re always strong at this circuit and in hot conditions. It looks like we’re fighting for the win.”

His Free Practice 2 session was disrupted by a crash at Turn 16 around halfway through the session, when he had a moment under braking, was slightly off line and lost the front of his M 1000 RR machine. Razgatlioglu was able to walk away from the crash and quickly explained what happened to his crew when he returned to the box, and speaking after, he declared it a ‘stupid’ crash but one that he’s glad happened so he can learn the bike’s limits.

Discussing the crash, the 2021 Champion added: “Everything is okay. It was a small crash at the final corner, not really fast. I’m sliding. I’m very happy that I crashed before the race! I understand things and for tomorrow, I can be stronger. We have a very good package for the race weekend. Everything’s going well. I understand somethings, the bike limit. I made a small mistake and tried to turn the bike on the dirty line. After, I’m happy I crashed, but for me, it’s a bit of a stupid crash. I went wide and why did I try to come back to the track? In general, we have a good package. Especially this morning, we did a very good race simulation, and my feeling is that everything is good. The grip with the new tyres is not bad.”

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P1 AND A CRASH: Razgatlioglu claims Friday top spot despite FP2 spill, Bulega quickest in afternoon session

Toprak Razgatlioglu (ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) was the fastest rider on Friday at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” despite a fall at the final corner in Free Practice 2, with the #54’s FP1 time enough for P1. He was around a tenth clear of his rivals after the day’s action concluded for the Pirelli Emilia-Romagna Round.

RAZGATLIOGLU LEADS THE WAY: Turn 16 tumble no problem…

The 2021 Champion had shown incredible pace in testing here recently and he ended Friday on top of the timesheets despite losing time through a technical issue in FP1 and a crash in FP2. In the morning session, the #54 had an issue with his quickshifter, while a crash at Turn 16 with around half the session gone cost him time in FP2. However, his FP1 time – a 1’33.448s – was enough to claim top spot overall on Friday. Michael van der Mark (ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) claimed 12th place after not improving his best time in FP2, while the Bonovo Action BMW duo of Scott Redding and Garrett Gerloff rounded out the top 20.

BULEGA ON TOP AT DUCATI: heading the Bologna manufacturer’s charge

The fastest rider for Ducati was Nicolo Bulega (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) who, as so often is the case, was fast out of the blocks. He was the first rider into the 1’33s in FP2 and his fastest time was a 1’33.552s, claiming P1 in FP2 and P2 overall, just a tenth behind Razgatlioglu. When pushing hard on his next lap, the #11 ventured into the gravel at Turn 13. Teammate Alvaro Bautista claimed third place overall, setting a 1’33.913s for his best time of the day in FP2. Andrea Iannone (Team GoEleven) was fifth overall, and the third Ducati, after setting a 1’34.192s in FP2, claiming a top-four in that session. Sam Lowes (ELF Marc VDS Racing Team) was the next-best Ducati rider in ninth, as he set a 1’34.382s to secure ninth and a place in the top ten. Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Team Motocorsa Racing) heads into his home round hoping for a change in fortunes and that started 11th after he set a 1’34.417s, narrowly missing out on a top ten spot. Danilo Petrucci (Barni Spark Racing Team) was 15th, with ‘Petrux’ only competing in the final half of FP2 after a full session in FP1, while Michele Pirro (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) was 16th; the #51 had crashes at Turn 14 in FP1 and Turn 10 in FP2.

GARDNER SPEARHEADING YAMAHA: second in FP2 for the #87

Remy Gardner (GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) has made a huge step for 2024 and that’s continued at Misano, claiming third in FP2 with a 1’34.063s which puts him fourth overall and around half-a-second away from the #54’s outright pace. Teammate Dominique Aegerter was also inside the top ten as he claimed P10, a 1’34.384s his best time was he finished just 0.002s away from Sam Lowes directly ahead. For the Pata Prometeon Yamaha outfit, Andrea Locatelli was a tenth ahead of Jonathan Rea in 13th and 14th respectively. Locatelli had a Turn 4 crash in FP2, while Rea had a focus on long runs in FP2 with his best time, a 1’34.462s, coming in FP1. Philipp Oettl (GMT94 Yamaha) was 22nd after having limited running on Friday. A technical issue in the opening session meant he completed few laps, although his best time did come in FP1. Bradley Ray (Yamaha Motoxracing WorldSBK Team) was 23rd, with a best time of 1’36.666s.

LOWES QUICK, BASSANI CLOSER: a positive day for Kawasaki

Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) was fourth overall with the #22 not improving his lap time in the afternoon session. Overall, his best time was a 1’34.008s with his best FP2 time around three tenths slower than that. Teammate Axel Bassani was eighth with ‘El Bocia’, like Lowes, not improving his time in FP2; Bassani finished the session in 16th with a 1’34.756s. However, his best time of the day was a 1’34.245s. Elsewhere, Tito Rabat (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was 17th in FP2 after setting his best time of the day, a 1’34.794s,

PROGRESS FOR HONDA? Moving into the top ten on Friday

Honda’s charge was led by Iker Lecuona (Team HRC) on his return from injury as he finished in seventh place. The #7 posted a 1’34.222s to ensure the Japanese manufacturer were represented in the top ten. Tarran Mackenzie (PETRONAS MIE Racing Honda) was 21st after setting a 1’35.105s in FP2 while teammate Adam Norrodin rounded out the field.

The top six from Friday’s WorldSBK action, full results here:

1. Toprak Razgatlioglu (ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) 1’33.448s

2. Nicolo Bulega (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) +0.063s

3. Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) +0.465s

4. Remy Gardner (GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) +0.473

5. Andrea Iannone (Team GoEleven) +0.512s

6. Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) +0.560s

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Mogeda on pole as Ercolani and Ieraci suffer crashes in WorldSSP300 Superpole

A manic Tissot Superpole session for the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship saw thrills, spills and everything in between. Ultimately, the Friday afternoon session saw Daniel Mogeda (Team #109 Retro Traffic Kawasaki) qualify on top. The Championship leader continues to assert his dominance over the rest of the grid by qualifying on pole for Race 1.

MOGEDA SPEARHEADS RAPID FRONT ROW

This pole position, which just so happened to be Mogeda’s first ever pole position in the class, was matched only by the impressive form of Indonesia’s Aldi Satya Mahendra (Team BrCorse). Qualifying in P2 saw Mahendra match his best ever Superpole result (after Assen). Mogeda and Mahendra were joined on the front row by Spaniard Marc Garcia (KOVE Racing Team), who was promoted to the front row after review at the end of the session.

SECOND ROW DETERMINED

Just behind Garcia, the second row was very close. Spaniard Inigo Iglesias Bravo (Fusport-RT Motorsports by SKM-Kawasaki) spearheads the second row, setting a time of 1’49.597s. Just behind him was fellow Spanish rider Julio Garcia Gonzalez (KOVE Racing Team), and they were joined in completing the second row by Indonesian rider Galang Hendra Pratama.

BEST OF THE REST: Top ten set for Saturday

The remainder of the top ten for Saturday’s race was also determined during the Superpole race. David Salvador (MS Racing) secured P7, whilst Italian Elia Bartolini (Yamaha Motoxracing WorldSSP300 Team) secured eighth. P9 and P10 were completed by Czech Republic rider Petr Svoboda (Fusport-RT Motorsports by SKM-Kawasaki) and reigning Champion Jeffrey Buis (Freudenberg KTM-PALIGO Racing) respectively.

EVENTFUL SESSION: Multiple crashes

Outside of the race order being set for Saturday, Friday’s Superpole session was eventful for different reasons. Two-time race winner at Misano, Bruno Ieraci (Team ProDina Kawasaki) suffered a crash that ensured he will start from towards the back end of the grid, whilst Emiliano Ercolani (Yamaha Motoxracing WorldSSP 300 Team) suffered a wicked highside that left him stranded in the middle of the track.

For the list of full results from the WorldSSP300 Superpole, check here:

1. Daniel Mogeda (Team#109 Retro Traffic Kawasaki) 1’49.278s

2. Aldi Satya Mahendra (Team BrCorse) +0.138s

3. Marc Garcia (KOVE Racing Team) +0.232s

4. Inigo Iglesias (Fusport-RT Motorsports by SKM-Kawasaki) +0.319s

5. Julio García (KOVE Racing Team) +0.357s

6. Galang Hendra Pratama (ProGP NitiRacing) +0.388s

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HERRERA MAKES HISTORY: #6 claims first-ever WorldWCR pole, Sanchez and Carrasco on the front row

The first pole in the history of the FIM Women’s Circuit Racing World Championship was claimed by Maria Herrera (Klint Forward Factory Team) as the Spaniard beat her rivals in a hotly-contested Tissot Superpole session. Herrera will lead away the Race 1 grid on Saturday (11:50 Local Time, UTC+2) at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” after fending off her rivals during the Pirelli Emilia-Romagna Round.

ALL SPANISH FRONT ROW: Herrera leads Sanchez and Carrasco

As in this morning’s Free Practice session, the times kept improving as the session progressed. Herrera was able to set a 1’49.390s to claim the first ever WorldWCR pole but it was fine margins, with just 0.051s between the #6 and Sara Sanchez (511 Terra&Vita Racing Team) in second. Sanchez, who topped the FP session, set a 1’49.441s, to claim second ahead of Ana Carrasco (Evan Bros Racing Yamaha Team) in third. Just 0.124s separated the top three in a closely fought Superpole session. However, towards the end of the session, it was announced that Sanchez was under investigation for slow riding.

HOME HERO IMPRESSES: Ponziani leads the second row

Italian star Roberta Ponziani (Yamaha Motoxracing WCR Team) will line up from fourth after fighting for pole position, finishing less than two tenths away from Herrera’s pole-setting time. South Africa’s Jessica Howden (Team Trasimeno) claimed fifth ahead of Chile’s Isis Carreno (AD78 FIM Latinoamerica by Team GP3), who will line up for Race 1 from sixth on the grid.

A STRONG GRID PLACING FOR RACE 1: completing the top ten

Beatriz Neila (Ampito / Pata Prometeon Yamaha) set a 1’40.437s as she claimed seventh place, finishing ahead of Ornella Ongaro (Yamaha Motoxracing WCR Team) in eighth after the French rider set a 1’51.153s. Germany’s Lucy Michel (TSL-Racing) was ninth with Pakita Ruiz (PS Racing Team 46+1) completing the top ten. Chun Mei Liu (WT Racing Team Taiwan) narrowly missed out on a top-ten spot, finishing just a tenth behind Ruiz.

The top six from WorldWCR Tissot Superpole, full results here:

1 Maria Herrera (Klint Forward Factory Team) 1’49.390s

2. Sara Sanchez (511 Terra&Vita Racing Team) +0.051s

3. Ana Carrasco (Evan Bros Racing Yamaha Team) +0.124s

4. Roberta Ponziani (Yamaha Motoxracing WCR Team) +0.183s

5. Jessica Howden (Team Trasimeno) +0.725s

6. Isis Carreno (AD78 FIM Latinoamerica by Team GP3) +0.726s

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“Action so far has been fantastic, Toprak doing a great job” – Sykes on WorldSBK in 2024, aiming for return?

Although he’s not currently competing in the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, Tom Sykes has been a visitor to the paddock on a couple of occasions this year, including at the ongoing Pirelli Emilia-Romagna Round. Speaking during FP1, the 2013 World Champion covered a variety of topics, including why he’s at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli”, how his former rivals are getting on and whether a return to the grid might be on the cards.

Sykes last competed in WorldSBK in 2023, first with Kawasaki Puccetti Racing and then the ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team after splitting from Puccetti Kawasaki, standing in to replace the injured Michael van der Mark. The Briton showed strong pace, particularly at Donington Park, but a crash left him with rib injuries which prematurely ended his stand-in duties with the German manufacturer. At Misano, Sykes discussed why he was visiting once again.

“Firstly, I think you’re quite rude interrupting my morning cappuccino!”, Sykes began in typical humorous fashion when asked during Free Practice 1. “I love racing, full stop. I’ve come out here, spectating. It would be nice to have a few conversations, but, for now, I’m just enjoying this lovely circuit and the sunshine.”

Despite not racing in WorldSBK for almost a year, Sykes gave his opinion on how he thinks he’d fare on the right package and BMW, the manufacturer he raced for between 2019 and 2021, before returning in 2023, where he claimed six podiums and three poles. He also spoke briefly about Jonathan Rea (Pata Prometeon Yamaha) and his difficult start to 2024 after switching from Kawasaki to Yamaha.

Asked about his view on WorldSBK and whether he was missing it, Sykes replied: “I feel like I could join the action on the right package. I think the action so far has been fantastic. I think Toprak is doing a great job so far – I think he’s where I expected him to take the bike. It’s a shame to see Jonny struggling.”

After competing in half a season last year and not being able to secure a ride for 2024, the Yorkshireman’s attentions have turned to potentially securing a ride for next season. On this, the 38-year-old said: “I’m sure everyone knows it’s not long before you get to serious, serious discussions. I’m fully motivated and that’s the end goal.”

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Huertas fastest ahead of Manzi in WorldSSP FP; red flag brings premature end to session

The FIM Supersport World Championship is back in full flow and resumes action live from Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli”. Spaniard Adrian Huertas (Aruba.it Racing WorldSSP Team) continued his remarkable start to the season by finishing fastest on Friday morning, setting a best time of 1’37.228s. It was also a session that saw a premature end, with a red flag bringing an end to proceedings on Friday morning.

Title rivals Stefano Manzi (Pata Yamaha Ten Kate Racing) and Yari Montella (Barni Spark Racing Team) continue to make themselves at home in the top five, finishing FP in P2 and P3 respectively. Frenchman Valentin Debise (Evan Bros WorldSSP Yamaha Team) and Spaniard Jorge Navarro (Orelac Racing Verdnatura) rounded out the top five.

The top ten was rounded out by Simone Corsi (Renzi Corse), Bahattin Sofuoglu (MV Agusta Reparto Corse), Lucas Mahias (GMT94 Yamaha), Championship contender Marcel Schroetter (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) and finally, Glenn Van Straalen (Pata Yamaha Ten Kate Racing). As mentioned, the session was brought to a slightly premature end following a massive on-track collision between Niccolo Antonelli (Ecosantagata Althea Racing Team) and Schroetter.

For a list of the full FP results, see here:

1. Adrian Huertas (Aruba.it Racing WorldSSP Team) 1’37.228s

2. Stefano Manzi (Pata Yamaha Ten Kate Racing) +0.363s

3. Yari Montella (Barni Spark Racing Team) +0.598s

4. Valentin Debise (Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team) +0.870s

5. Jorge Navarro (Orelac Racing VerdNatura) +1.052s

6. Simone Corsi (Renzi Corse) +1.059s

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Rapid Razgatlioglu rockets to top spot in FP1 at Misano, Bassani shows early potential with P4

Toprak Razgatlioglu (ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) drew first blood at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” as he claimed P1 by more than half-a-second despite losing a small amount of time at the start of the 45-minute Free Practice 1 session. After setting the pace in testing here a couple of weeks ago, the 2021 Champion continued that form in FP1 for the Pirelli Emilia-Romagna Round with the only lap times in the 1’33s bracket.

Despite a small issue costing him time before the red flag – Team Principal Shaun Muir confirming during FP1 that the #54 had a problem with his quickshifter – Razgatlioglu rocketed to top spot in Free Practice 1 with a 1’33.448s on his final lap despite a huge slide through Curvone, finishing more than half a second clear of Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) in second fresh off the back of his renewal with KRT. Razgatlioglu’s long-run pace was also impressive, racking up nine laps in the 1’33s bracket in an 11-lap stint, all of which were faster than any of his rivals managed all session. Nicolo Bulega (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) was the lead Ducati rider as he claimed third, 0.381s behind Razgatlioglu but only 0.021s slower than Lowes.

Axel Bassani (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) stated on Thursday that he hoped he found a step heading into Misano and the FP1 evidence suggests that could be the case as he took fourth place with a 1’34.245s. He was around three tenths slower than teammate Lowes, while he was less than a tenth ahead of Andrea Iannone (Team GoEleven) in fifth. Championship leader Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) completed the top six with 1’34.323s, 0.675s slower than his title rival.

Michael van der Mark (ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) claimed seventh despite a slow-speed crash at Turn 4, with the Dutchman able to bring his M 1000 RR into the pits following the spill, before re-joining the session later. Yamaha’s charge was led by Jonathan Rea (Pata Prometeon Yamaha) in eighth and Remy Gardner (GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) in ninth. Both riders set a 1’34.462s, but Rea claimed the higher position due to his second-best time being quicker. Wildcard Michele Pirro (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) completed the top ten with a 1’34.515s, with the #51 having a crash at Turn 14 but, like van der Mark, he was able to take his bike back to the pits.

The session was red flagged 10 minutes into the session when Philipp Oettl’s (GMT94 Yamaha) Yamaha R1 suffered a big technical issue between Turns 6 and 7, with the session brought to a temporary halt due to track conditions.

The top six from WorldSBK Free Practice 1, full results here:

1. Toprak Razgatlioglu (ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) 1’33.448s

2. Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) +0.560s

3. Nicolo Bulega (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) +0.581s

4. Axel Bassani (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) +0.797s

5. Andrea Iannone (Team GoEleven) +0.872s

6. Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) +0.875s

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Source: WorldSBK.com