The reigning Champion was in a class of his own as the World Supersport weekend got underway
FIM Supersport World Championship action fired into life at the TT Circuit Assen in the Netherlands as Round 2 of the season gets ready to ignite at the historic Dutch circuit. Leading the way for the home-team, Dominique Aegerter (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) picked up from where he left off at the track last year, dominating the opening session of the weekend as he looks to establish himself as the outright Championship leader.
Straight away it was Dominique Aegerter who got off to a bright start under blissful sunny skies. Aegerter took his Ten Kate Yamaha to the top of the timesheets and at one point, led by over a second. Championship leader but level on points with rival Lorenzo Baldassarri (Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team), Aegerter completed a double at Assen last year and aims to do it again this year. Lorenzo Baldassarri in-turn was second in the session, whittling away the gap to Aegerter but still half a second behind. Can Oncu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was a solid third, ahead of Federico Caricasulo (Althea Racing) and Niki Tuuli (MV Agusta Reparto Corse).
Nicolo Bulega (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) took sixth place ahead of fellow countryman and fellow rookie Stefano Manzi (Dynavolt Triumph), who impressed as he chipped away up the order. Eighth place went to home-hero Glenn van Straalen (EAB Racing Team) whilst reigning WorldSSP300 Champion Adrian Huertas (MTM Kawasaki) clinched ninth place. Yari Montella (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) made it five rookies and three Kawasakis inside the top ten. Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha) could only manage 12th whilst Jaimie van Sikkelerus (MPM Routz Racing) was 20th as a wildcard on his return to WorldSSP.
Top six after FP1 in WorldSSP, full results here:
1. Dominique Aegerter (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) 1’37.753s
2. Lorenzo Baldassarri (Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team) +0.513s
3. Can Oncu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) +0.926s
4. Federico Caricasulo (Althea Racing) +1.060s
5. Niki Tuuli (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) +1.064s
6. Nicolo Bulega (Aruba.it Racing WorldSSP Team) +1.125s
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