It was a bit of a crash-fest in World Supersport with numerous big names crashing, although even the drama all around couldn’t stop Andrea Locatelli cementing the top slot
The Pirelli Teruel Round fired up for the FIM Supersport World Championship and it was a session that brought plenty of drama from the get-go. Isaac Viñales (Kallio Racing) suffered a scary accident at Turn 4 and nearly wiped out Danny Webb (WEPOL Racing Team), whilst Can Öncü (Turkish Racing Team) crashed on the exit of Turn 3 and brought out the Red Flag. Thankfully, neither were badly injured and once the action did recommence, it was dominant Championship leader Andrea Locatelli (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) who topped the session.
The rampant rookie set about hitting top slot immediately after the resumption of the session. Nearly half-a-second clear of his rivals, Locatelli was able to keep Raffaele De Rosa (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) at bay, the former STK1000 Champion suffering a crash at Turn 5. 2017 WorldSSP Champion Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was third and made it three manufacturers inside the top three, whilst Hannes Soomer (Kallio Racing) was again at the sharp end in fourth. Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha) completed the top five.
South African rookie Steven Odendaal (EAB Ten Kate Racing) was up in sixth as he continues his search for a podium, as Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) impressed again in seventh. Philipp Oettl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) looked somewhat subdued in eighth ahead of Hungary’s Peter Sebestyen (OXXO Yamaha Team Toth) and Federico Fuligni (MV Agusta Reparto Corse). Finishing 15th, Alejandro Ruiz Carranza (EMPERADOR Racing Team) had a nasty crash during the session but was relatively OK.
Top six from FP1 in WorldSSP, full results here!
- Andrea Locatelli (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) 1’54.171
- Raffaele de Rosa (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) +0.461s
- Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) +0.490s
- Hannes Soomer (Kallio Racing) +0.861s
- Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha) +0.921s
- Steve Odendaal (EAB Ten Kate Racing) +0.968s
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