Montella continues WorldSSP strength in P1 from Free Practice, Triumph impressive

The 2024 FIM Supersport World Championship is back in action at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and FP was straight down to business. The opening session saw plenty of highlights for Triumph with two inside the top ten and on top for most of the session before double winner in Australia Yari Montella (Barni Spark Racing Team) took over in the final moments.

Montella was inside the top five and worked one race throughout the duration of FP before putting in a time attack right at the end. Setting an identical time to him and flying up into P2 at a circuit where MV Agusta have been strong at before, Marcel Schroetter (MV Agusta Reparto Corse). Third place went the way of Turkish rider Can Oncu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing), ahead of early session leader and 2017 WorldSSP Champion Lucas Mahias (GMT94 Yamaha), both looking like their old selves throughout. Jorge Navarro (WRP-RT Motorsport by SKM-Triumph) was on top for most of the session and had a strong race pace, setting fast laps throughout and finished in fifth at the flag.

Moving into P6, Federico Caricasulo (Motozoo ME AIR Racing) rounded out the top half-dozen ahead of his replacement at Althea Racing Niccolo Antonelli (Ecosantagata Althea Racing Team) in P7. Race winner for the first time back in Barcelona last year, Bahattin Sofuoglu (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) took P8 ahead of Stefano Manzi (Pata Yamaha Ten Kate Racing) who languished in P9 and John McPhee (WRP-RT Motorsport by SKM-Triumph). Down in P15, Adrian Huertas ( Racing WorldSSP Team) will have work to do in the Superpole.

Top six after FP of WorldSSP, full results here:

1. Yari Montella (Barni Spark Racing Team) 1’44.884s

2. Marcel Schroetter (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) +0.000s

3. Can Oncu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) +0.115s

4. Lucas Mahias (GMT94 Yamaha) +0.383s

5. Jorge Navarro (WRP-RT Motorsport by SKM-Triumph) +0.567s

6. Federico Caricasulo (Motozoo ME AIR Racing) +0.878s

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