LATE RAIN: Stefano Manzi takes a crucial pole position, Oncu P34 in changing conditions

After a thrilling Tissot Superpole for the FIM Supersport World Championship, Stefano Manzi (Pata Yamaha Ten Kate Racing) will line up in pole position for Race 1 at his team’s home weekend. The Italian set a blisteringly quick time in the early stages of the session, which would prove crucial – ending the session almost one second quicker than any other rider. The heavens would open with 20 minutes remaining on the clock, taking away the chance for anyone to challenge for pole.

HOME TEAM: Ten Kate one-two on the front row

Manzi was in the pits for the closing stages of the session, with a comfortable gap ahead of teammate Glenn van Straalen (Pata Yamaha Ten Kate Racing), and ended Superpole in second, adding to Ten Kate Racing’s delight – securing a one-two at the Pirelli Dutch Round. The Yamaha duo will be joined on the front row by Championship contender Adrian Huertas ( Racing WorldSSP Team), who was just 1.048s slower than the benchmark set by the #62.

IMPROVING LATE: Tuuli finds time in the wet

Marcel Schroetter (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) heads the second row of the grid in fourth, ending Superpole as the top MV Agusta. Behind the German was Niki Tuuli (EAB Racing Team), who remarkably improved on his final lap of the session in wet conditions. Lorenzo Baldassarri (Orelac Racing Verdnatura) rounds out the second row of the grid, securing the Italian’s best Superpole result of the year.

TALENT PACKED: A competitive third row of the grid

Bahattin Sofuoglu (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) ends Superpole in seventh, with the Turkish rider making it two MV Agustas inside the top 10. The #54 was ahead of Britain’s Tom Booth-Amos (PTR Triumph), who ended the tricky session in mixed conditions with a 1:48.608, placing Booth-Amos in eighth. Twan Smits (Team Apreco) was ninth in a remarkable result for the 22-year-old, ending the session ahead of Valentin Debise (Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team), who rounded out a frantic and talent-packed top 10.

BIG NAMES: Some key contenders will start further down the field

The rain mid-session caught many riders out, including Yari Montella (Barni Spark Racing Team), who was outside the top 20 for the majority of the session, including the closing stages, when the Italian managed to salvage 11th on the grid. Further down and last on the grid will be Can Oncu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing), with the Turkish rider crashing his Kawasaki on is first flying lap – putting an end to his session with no time on the board.

The top six from WorldSSP Superpole, full results here:

1 Stefano Manzi (Pata Yamaha Ten Kate Racing) 1’45.203s

2. Glenn van Straalen (Pata Yamaha Ten Kate Racing) +0.990s

3. Adrian Huertas ( Racing WorldSSP Team) +1.048s

4. Marcel Schroetter (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) +2.224s

5. Nicolo Tuuli (EAB Racing Team) +2.247s

6 Lorenzo Baldassarri (Orelac Racing Verdnatura) +2.643s

All attention now turns to WorldSSP Race 1 at 15:15 Local Time (UTC+1) on Saturday, so make sure you don’t miss it by using the WorldSBK VideoPass!


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