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Bastianini bolts through the chaos to get back on top

Bastianini Bolts Through The Chaos To Get Back On TopThree – almost – starts and some rain playing havoc couldn’t stop the ‘Beast’, with Bezzecchi and Lowes completing the podium.

Italtrans Racing Team’s Enea Bastianini clinched an impressive Moto2™ victory at Misano after rain played havoc at the Gran Premio TISSOT dell’Emilia Romagna e della Riviera di Rimini. Red flags were brought out after just seven laps as the heavens opened but, from the restart, and back in the dry, the ultra-aggressive Bastianini bolted clear to take the win ahead of Sky Racing Team VR46’s Marco Bezzecchi and EG 0,0 Marc VDS’ Sam Lowes. With his victory, the ‘Beast’ cut Luca Marini’s (Sky Racing Team VR46) title lead down to just five points.

On the first start it was Petronas Sprinta Racing’s Xavi Vierge managing to squeeze his way into the lead pat Marini and the hit the front of a Moto2™ race for the first time in 2020, with a strong start coming in from his Petronas Sprinta Racing teammate too as Jake Dixon settled into fifth. The Italians suffered a few dramas in the early shuffles, but the biggest drama was about to come down as rain started and the flag came out to let the riders know. By then, Bastianini had muscled to the front and started to bolt despite the worsening weather, but the Red Flag came out not long after.

The riders filtered into pitlane and a ten lap restart was announced, but as the grid reformed, with everyone on slicks, the rain suddenly got heavier again. As the Moto2™ field set off on their Warm Up lap, the entire grid instantly pointed skywards and began wagging fingers to signal it was far too wet for the race to start. The rain eventually subsided and, after a short delay, a dry-ish 10 lap dash was back underway – with Bastianini on pole as the grid formed up based on standings before the flag.

Lights out for the second time saw Marini take control into Turn 1, and Bastianini settling in behind him. The Beast struck immediately though at Turn 4, sending the pair wide and giving Vierge chance to pounce. The Spaniard took the lead and Marini lost out big time with his fellow Italian’s move dropping him back to fifth. Bastianini then hit the front at the end of the opening lap, and the plan appeared the same: BOLT.

The Italian made the most of Vierge and Marcel Schrötter (Dynavolt Intact GP) battling over second and didn’t need a second invitation, stretching his lead out to over a second after two laps.

Next, Marini lost out to Bezzecchi for fourth place and then got beaten up by Sam Lowes over fifth place, with valuable points slipping through the fingers of the Championship leader. Meanwhile, an incredible fight was ensuing between Vierge and Schrötter, the German moving through into Turn 7 and on the exit the pair were side by side, bashing elbows for good measure. Some more contact then saw Vierge crash out, with Schrötter dropping back to fourth and then fifth as Marini sliced with his way past. Lowes found himself up to third too, trying to go with the fastest man on the track with three laps left: Marco Bezzecchi.

He was eight tenths quicker than Bastianini and suddenly, just like a week ago, Bezzecchi was hunting down the race leader at some rate. By two laps to go it was seven tenths separating the two Italians at the front of the race, with Bezzecchi visibly throwing everything at it and Lowes in close company too. As they started the final lap, it was just half a second between the leading duo.

Despite the mounting pressure, Bastianini remained calm and didn’t fold, however, crossing the line seven tenths clear to take a third intermediate class win of 2020, and his second GP win at Misano. Bezzecchi came across the line in P2 for a third consecutive top three finish, even more closely followed by Sam Lowes. Marini, meanwhile, took 13 points in fourth place and kept hold of his World Championship lead. But only just, with Bastianini now only five points adrift and breathing down his neck heading to Barcelona next weekend…

Schrötter took fifth after his earlier dramas, with Jake Dixon the next man over the line after getting the better of Jorge Navarro (Beta Tools Speed Up) by three tenths. That’s Dixon’s best ever Grand Prix result and after an impressive fight for it, in the dry to boot. Rounding out the top ten were Fabio Di Giannantonio (Beta Tools Speed Up), Tom Lüthi (Dynavolt Intact GP) and Hector Garzo (FlexBox HP40), who jumped up following a one place penalty for Nicolo Bulega (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) for exceeding track limits on the final lap.

Joe Roberts (Tennor American Racing) crashed before the restart in a monster high side, rider ok.

That’s it for Moto2™ at Misano, and it’s just five points in it on the road to Barcelona. Will we see a change of lead there? Find out next weekend!

Moto2™ podium
1 Enea Bastianini – Italtrans Racing Team – Kalex 16:11.977
2 Marco Bezzecchi – Sky Racing Team VR46 – Kalex +0.720
3 Sam Lowes – EG 0,0 Marc VDS – Kalex +1.124

Enea Bastianini: “I’m really happy to be here in first place, today was a strange race because we stopped twice but after I kept good pace in the third race and it was possible to keep a bit of distance from Marco. I put the soft rear tyre on, and it was pushing a bit more on the front and Marco was really close the last two laps! But I’m happy for this victory for my team and my family, and in my town… it’s incredible!”

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Fenati fights through to make history at Misano

Fenati Fights Through To Make History At MisanoThe Italian takes Husqvarna’s first win and becomes the most successful Moto3™ rider in terms of wins AND podiums.

Romano Fenati (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team) was back on the top step of the podium for the first time in over a year at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, the Italian veteran judging a last lap battle to perfection to pip compatriot Celestino Vietti (Sky Racing Team VR46). In doing so, Fenati takes Husqvarna’s first Grand Prix victory and becomes the most successful rider in the Moto3™ class, overtaking both Joan Mir’s win count and Enea Bastianini’s podium record. He also becomes only the second Moto3™ rider to win more than once at Misano, alongside Alex Rins. Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia) completed the podium behind the home heroes, moving to within two points of Albert Arenas’ (Gaviota Aspar Team Moto3) Championship lead.

Polesitter Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) got the initial launch off the line but Tony Arbolino (Rivacold Snipers Team) ultimately fired his way into Turn 1 ahead, with Championship leader Arenas making a good start from the second row to grab P3. Arbolino’s lead didn’t last long though, with Fernandez through at Turn 5 before Arenas was also past the Italian around the outside at Turn 13.

Further back, third in the Championship John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing) was 17th after the opening couple of laps, not making great headway after having started P18. As Fernandez fought it out with Arbolino, Arenas and Vietti near the front though, the top 17 were still covered by two seconds.

After crashing out seven days prior, Arenas was on a mission. The Spaniard was leading from the front early doors, before Vietti took the baton and led for a fair chunk of time. Jaume Masia (Leopard Racing) was making good ground up to get the better of Fernandez and move into the top three too, and McPhee was starting to recover by the halfway point; the top 11 locked together and the British rider just behind Ogura at the back of that.

Into the final 10 laps, Vietti was making P1 his own, with Masia was now his immediate threat. Darryn Binder (CIP – Green Power) and Jeremy Alcoba (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3) came into contact heading down the back straight before Turn 11 – a close call – but with eight laps remaining, Binder wasn’t fazed and was up to P4 behind Vietti, Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3) and Masia. Arenas then got the better of Binder for P4 in the 11-bike freight train, before a change came courtesy of Masia at Turn 8. Rodrigo and Vietti were lucky to stay upright too, as Rodrigo came into the contact with the Italian’s rear tyre.

With five to go, Arenas was almost down at Turn 1 as he ran out of room in the slipstream and just behind, Binder suffered a huge highside as he got shuffled by it too, the South African’s stunning Sunday charge over. With three to go, Vietti was still the race leader but it was all to play for in the lead group, with Ogura was making his presence in the top three known as he got the better of Arenas. With two to go, Masia then led into Turn 1 – and it was the start of some serious, fairing-bashing action. Arenas lunged into Turn 4, but Vietti was aggressive up the inside at Turn 5 and some contact was made between the duo. Further back, Alcoba made contact with McPhee at Turn 4 as well, which left the Scot down in P10.

Vietti led over the line to start the last lap, from Arenas and Fenati, with Masia and Ogura inside the top five. Arenas got a good run down into Turn 8 and was alongside the race leader, but Vietti was late and strong on the brakes. Then, Arenas made a classy move stick into Turn 10 and led with half a lap to go, but the slipstream played its part and heading into Turn 11 as Masia stormed up the inside of Vietti – who in turn was looking for a way through on Arenas – and it got breathtakingly close at high speed. After leading heading onto the straight, Arenas then found himself down in P5 just seconds later as Masia, Vietti, Fenati and Ogura stormed their way through.

At Turn 14 Masia went defensive in the lead, but that didn’t stop Vietti lunging up the inside and the Italian ended up a bit out of shape, some slight contact was made, and the top two were wide. Reading that perfectly and slicing through was Fenati, the veteran now in the lead and looking to defend it. That he did, as Vietti couldn’t find a way through and was forced to settle for second, just holding off Ogura to keep P2 as well. Masia was forced down to P5 with Arenas getting through, although the latter just holds onto the points lead…

Fernandez finishes P6 for the fourth time in 2020 to end the race just 0.4 from victory, with Deniz Öncü (Red Bull KTM Tech3) showing fantastic late-race pace to finish seventh. Andrea Migno (Sky Racing Team VR46) and Kaito Toba (Red Bull KTM Ajo) were also less than a second from the race win in 8th and 9th respectively, the duo finishing ahead of McPhee who now drops to 21 points off Arenas in the standings after a tougher race.

That’s it from Misano, with another twist in the title race as Ogura and Arenas head into Barcelona just two points apart. The lightweight class go again in less than a week’s time at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya – tune in!

Moto3™ podium
1 Romano Fenati – Sterilgarda Max Racing Team – Husqvarna 39:30.124
2 Celestino Vietti – Sky Racing Team VR46 – KTM +0.036
3 Ai Ogura – Honda Team Asia – Honda +0.121

Romano Fenati: “The final lap was really crazy, in the last part of the track I thought immediately on the last lap that I didn’t know where they’d overtake me, it was a bit scary! But the feeling with the bike was really good, we were really strong on braking, I’m really happy and now it’s important to be consistent and to always be strong.”

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Andrea Locatelli crowned 2020 WorldSSP Champion

Andrea Locatelli Crowned 2020 Worldssp ChampionItalian rookie Andrea Locatelli storms to 2020 WorldSSP title

It rarely happens in any Championship class, it has never happened in the FIM Superbike World Championship paddock; it’s happened only a few times in motorcycle racing history, the most recent in a World Championship being Giacomo Agostini in 1970. You hear of people winning Championships without winning a race but it’s a true gem to win nearly everything on your way to World Championship glory. In 2020, rookie Andrea Locatelli (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) has won all but one race, and even then, it was only the weather that stopped him. He’s wrapped the title race up with some four races to go. WorldSSP has never witnessed such a whirlwind.

Locatelli came into the World Supersport Championship in a bid to show to the world that he could be Champion. A mildly successful yet rather uneventful spell in the Moto2™ World Championship saw him leave the MotoGP™ paddock at the end of 2019 and head to World Supersport’s best team – reigning Champions BARDAHL Yamaha. Fabio Evangelista’s Italian team know exactly how to win races and coming into 2020 after their first Riders’ and Teams’ Championships in 2019 filled them all with confidence. But nobody could’ve expected what was on the horizon.

Straight out the box in Australia and Andrea Locatelli was immediately on top Down Under, smoking the opposition to storm to victory by over five seconds. A similar domination to Alvaro Bautista in his debut race in WorldSBK in 2019 but never did we think it’d carry on. Lockdown ensued but Locatelli certainly wasn’t going to be put off. He came to Jerez in July to prove a point and doubled up in Race 1 and Race 2, before heading to the unknown Portimao a week later and doing it again – a track he’d never seen before and in Race 1, with strong competition from Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha). All the time however, it was the metronomic consistency that was capturing the headlines and captivating the fans: fastest laps set, records broken, pole positions secured and valiant victories thereafter.

Then, it was MotorLand Aragon and back-to-back events on a track that Locatelli knew extremely well. The Italian youngster cleaned up with the opposition in the opening Prosecco DOC Aragon Round, albeit having to fight a little bit more than we’d seen before. The Pirelli Teruel Round was equally as tough and in Race 2, it looked like Locatelli may have finally had to fight in true, frantic WorldSSP fashion, as Raffaele De Rosa (MV Agusta Reparto Corse), Cluzel and Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) brought the fight to the very front. However, De Rosa wiped out Cluzel at Turn 1 early in the race, releasing Locatelli and although Mahias stayed with him for half the race, Locatelli’s ultra-consistent pace broke Mahias.

Now, it’s just Round 6 of an eight-round schedule, but already Locatelli has locked up. He’s pinned down the Championship, locked out the opposition and shut up shop for the others’ title challenge. It’s quite simply breathtaking and rarely is a Championship bolted up this early and rarely are there so many wins – yes, there’s perhaps more opportunity to win in 2020 but not that much more; an average 13-race calendar has had two more tacked on the end and Locatelli’s ten wins thus for have been achieved in less than 13 races. His dominance knows no boundaries.

Andrea Locatelli (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team):
“It’s a dream! Until then you know it’s alive but it’s an incredible day. We work everywhere, every time very well and this is our objective. This is an incredible day and I don’t have any words but I’m very excited. Thanks to my guys because they work very hard every time and this is the result.”

Fabio Evangelista – BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team Team Principal:
“I knew that Andrea was coming from Moto2 and Moto3 after six years with a lot of experience but to be humble at the beginning during the winter I was thinking about being in the top five or top three positions. I could not have expected such a strong rider with such a fast method of working and so fast on track. We gave him I think the best package possible, 100%, but he finished all of the races because he´s a very good rider.”

WorldSSP Race 2 at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
1.) Andrea Locatelli (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team)
2.) Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) +2.159s
3.) Philipp Oettl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) +4.252s

WorldSSP Championship Standings Acerbis Catalunya Round
1.Andrea Locatelli (ITA) Yamaha (263 points)
2.Lucas Mahias (FRA) Kawasaki (159 points)
3.Jules Cluzel (FRA) Yamaha (146 points)
Andrea Locatelli Crowned 2020 Worldssp Champion
Andrea Locatelli WorldSSP Career Statistics
Titles: 1
Race Starts: 11
Wins: 10
Podiums: 10
Poles: 6
Fastest laps: 10

The 2020 FIM Supersport World Championship not only went the way of Andrea Locatelli but also to Yamaha, who once again showed their strength and superiority in dominating the Championship. Every single race victory went the way of the Japanese manufacturer, with two of those being Yamaha podium lockouts. Two teams took victory, with the BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team winning 10 and the bLU cRU WorldSSP by MS Racing taking one, with Andrea Locatelli and Andy Verdoïa respectively. It’s back-to-back Championships for the BARDAHL Yamaha squad and on top of it all, Locatelli becomes the first Italian Champion in the class for the Italian team.

Andrea Dosoli – Yamaha Motor Europe Road Racing Project Leader:
“First of all, congratulations to Andrea and Fabio; when we started to discuss last year what we could do together finally we decided when entering this class we should enter at the top with the winning team who won the title the year before, because we strongly believed that he had the potential to fight for the title. And then we put all the pieces together, we started, and the result is here, so congratulations to both of them and congratulations also to all the R6 and the Teams supported by the program because first it’s the fourth title in a row for Yamaha so of course we are pleased about this and this is happening only because we have professional teams, a very talented rider like Andrea and a professional Team Manager as Fabio.

I have been surprised – of course not because he won the title, honestly I expected him to win the title – but in the way he won the title; he has dominated the Championship, and I have been surprised by his approach, his method of working. I still remember Philip Island Race 1 I was in Parc Fermé, he had dominated the Race, the first time on an R6 with a new tyre specification, also a new challenge for the team. He dominated the race and in Parc Fermé of course he was celebrating, he was happy, but he told me ¨Andrea, during the race I understood something, I have spoken with the crew chief, I have spoken with Fabio, the mechanic, the bike is not 100%, we need to work, there is room for improvement, let´s go back to the garage and let’s try to be better for the next one”. This means a lot, I understood that Andrea is something special, then he delivered the results race by race. So, congratulations to all of us, it’s an honour to help you achieve your dreams.”

WorldSSP Manufacturer Standings Acerbis Catalunya Round
1. Yamaha (275 points)
2. Kawasaki (178 points)
3. MV Agusta (108 points)

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Davies pips van der Mark in titanic Catalunya battle, Gerloff scores maiden podium

Davies Pips Van Der Mark In Titanic Catalunya Battle, Gerloff Scores Maiden PodiumChaz Davies became the seventh different winner of the 2020 WorldSBK season while American star Garrett Gerloff scores his first WorldSBK podium.

Race 2 from MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship’s was full of drama and intrigue at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya as Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) claimed his first win of the 2020 season and became the seventh different winner in 2020, while American rookie Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team) claimed his maiden World Superbike podium at the Acerbis Catalunya Round.

Davies was able to get to the front in the early stages of the races before taking the lead and controlling the race, withstanding pressure from Tissot Superpole Race winner Michael van der Mark (PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team) after the pair passed each other in the first half of the race. Van der Mark then fell into the clutches of Gerloff after the American made a sensational start from fifth place to run in the top three, putting pressure on van der Mark all race.

Gerloff passed van der Mark for second place on the last lap but a mistake from Gerloff on Lap 10 allowed the Dutchman through for second; Gerloff coming home in third place. Davies held on to win his 31st race in his career, equalling Colin Edwards on the all-time list of winners. Gerloff’s podium means he becomes the first American to stand on the WorldSBK podium since Nicky Hayden in 2016.

Championship leader Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) extended his lead at the top of the standings with fourth place, finishing five seconds clear of Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team). Scott Redding (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) finished in sixth place after being passed by Sykes with just a couple of laps to go. Rea had lost ground at the start, but was able to regroup to finish in fourth place and take a 51 point lead into the next round at Magny-Cours.

Eugene Laverty (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) secured his best result of the season with seventh place as he showed more impressive pace, ahead of Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) in eighth. Leon Haslam (Team HRC) was the sole Honda rider in Race 2 and finished in ninth, with Loris Baz (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) in tenth after losing lots of ground at Turn 1 at the start.

Jonas Folger’s (Bonovo Action by MGM Racing) impressive wildcard weekend continued as he battled his way from the back of the grid to 11th place; Folger not setting a time in Tissot Superpole and missing out on a top nine starting grid for Race 2 by the smallest of margins. Federico Caricasulo (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team) was 12th after starting from the back of the grid; Caricasulo penalised for irresponsible riding in the Superpole Race after a collision with Haslam

Lorenzo Zanetti (Motocorsa Racing) scored points after being called up to the Championship on Friday evening with 13th place while Takumi Takahashi (MIE Racing HONDA Team) and Xavi Fores (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) completed the points-scoring positions.

Alvaro Bautista (Team HRC) did not start the race following a technical issue on the sighting lap; the Spanish rider, who was declared fit following his dramatic highside crash in the Tissot Superpole Race, pulling off the track shortly after leaving the pit lane. Samuele Cavalieri (Barni Racing Team) crashed out in the early stages, while Sylvain Barrier (Brixx Performance) and Valentin Debise (OUTDO Kawasaki TPR) had a coming together on Lap 17 while battling for 15th place. Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Team GOELEVEN), who had been running in the top four for the majority of the race, had a technical issue in the latter stages of the race forcing him to retire from the race on Lap 19.

P1 Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati)
“Amazing! What can I say? That was such a good race from start to finish. I had an amazing feeling with the bike. After yesterday and the Superpole Race a little bit, I was just constantly chasing something, and it was traction yesterday and it was zero. Today it was in my hands. It was a slippery track out there, but I think I had more grip out there than those around me and I was able to manage the tyre but go fast. Just so happy. First win as a dad, so I think it’s only right to dedicate this to my beautiful baby daughter and my wife.”

P2 Michael van der Mark (PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team)
“It’s been a fun Sunday, but I wanted to win this afternoon! I’m really happy with the race, I had a fantastic start and good speed straight away. I think Chaz and Rinaldi passed me, but I was just staying behind them, I didn’t want to destroy the tyres at the start. I had a good rhythm. I passed Rinaldi and tried to catch up with Chaz. I didn’t know it was Garrett who wanted to have a battle! I was a bit surprised by him and got passed again. I was trying to catch Chaz but in the middle part he was pulling away, in other parts I was closing in on him so we both had our strong points. At the end of the race, I was struggling so much with the front tyre and one lap before the end I made a massive mistake. On the last lap, it was Garrett again. I did everything to stay calm and into Turn 10 he ran a bit deep, so I got underneath. In the last three corners I had to be really smart and really stop the bike to finish on the podium again. Really happy with this second place and also an awesome race by Garrett, a well-deserved podium for him.”

P3 Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team)
“It doesn’t feel real! I’m trying to pinch myself. For a while, it didn’t feel like it would be possible this year, but to have it happen is just crazy. I don’t even have words! I’ve always dreamed of being on the podium in a World Championship and to have it happen, it’s like… it’s not real! I am kicking myself a little bit because if I wasn’t so stupid and just braked like I normally do into Turn 10 I probably would’ve made the corner and had second place. That’s something I’ll be thinking about for the next week and a half! I’m just so grateful that Yamaha gave me the opportunity to race in the World Championship, to Filippo in the GRT team for taking me on and being an awesome group of guys and girls, and for supporting me and always being positive. It’s been an amazing environment and I know I wouldn’t be here without them.”

#CatalanWorldSBK at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya – Race 2.
1.) Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati)
2.) Michael van der Mark (PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team) +2.460s
3.) Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team) +2.559s
4.) Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) +8.040s
5.) Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) +13.196s
6.) Scott Redding (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) +14.232s

Championship Standings after Race 2, Round 6
1. Jonathan Rea (GBR) Kawasaki (290 points)
2. Scott Redding (GBR) Ducati (239 points)
3. Chaz Davies (GBR) Ducati (188 points)

#CatalanWorldSBK at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Tissot Superpole Race
1.) Michael van der Mark (PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team)
2.) Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) +2.372s
3.) Loris Baz (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) +2.923s
4.) Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) +3.929s
5.) Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team) +3.985s
6.) Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Team GOELEVEN) +6.487s

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Locatelli crowned WorldSSP Champion after battling for Race 2 victory

Locatelli Crowned Worldssp Champion After Battling For Race 2 VictoryItalian rookie Andrea Locatelli wins his tenth race of the season to secure his first World Championship as Yamaha seal manufacturers’ title.

A fightback in the race after a poor start allowed Andrea Locatelli (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) to be crowned World Champion in the 2020 FIM Supersport World Championship after battling his way from fifth to the front of the field at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the first ever Acerbis Catalunya Round.

Locatelli had started from pole position but found himself down in fifth place after the opening handful of laps with Locatelli not taking risks in the early stages, despite falling behind Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing). It would take until Lap 5 for Locatelli to start making moves, first passing Raffaele de Rosa (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) into Turn 1 before he passed Corentin Perolari (GMT94 Yamaha) a lap later.

The title-winning move came on Lap 9 as he made a move on both Mahias and Philipp Oettl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing); Locatelli forcing Mahias wide and onto the run-off between Turns 1 and 2 although Oettl was able to pass Locatelli shortly after. Locatelli then extended his gap at the front to just over two seconds as he secured victory and the World Championship.

Mahias finished the race in second place, meaning Yamaha secured the Manufacturers’ Championship with Mahias finishing second onboard his Kawasaki. Mahias was joined by teammate Oettl on the podium, with Mahias getting past Oettl with a handful of laps to go but unable to close the gap to Locatelli.

De Rosa secured a fourth placed finish, less than a second away from the podium, with Steven Odendaal (EAB Ten Kate Racing) in fifth, his first top five since Portimao Race 2 as the South African continues to impress in WorldSSP. Isaac Viñales (Kallio Racing) finished in sixth place, finishing ahead of Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team); the 2019 WorldSSP300 Champion penalised three seconds for track limits infringements.

Perolari fell down the order in the latter stages of the race to finish in eighth place with Danny Webb (WRP Wepol Racing) in ninth; the British rider securing another top ten finish – his fifth in the last six races. Estonian Hannes Soomer (Kallio Racing) completed the top ten, finished just over a second behind Webb.

Peter Sebestyen (OXXO Yamaha Team Toth) just missed out on a top ten finish with 11th place with Axel Bassani (Soradis Yamaha Motoxracing) in 12th place; the highest placed WorldSSP Challenge rider as he finished less than a tenth ahead of WorldSSP Challenge rider Kevin Manfredi (Altogoo Racing Team) in 13th. Race 1 winner Andy Verdoïa (bLU cRU WorldSSP by MS Racing) finished in 14th place as Loris Cresson (OXXO Yamaha Team Toth) completed the points.

There was a collision on the run down to Turn 1 at the start between Can Öncü (Turkish Racing Team) and Patrick Hobelsberger (Dynavolt Honda) with Hobelsberger taken to the medical centre for a check-up before being diagnosed with a left hip contusion and suspected pelvic injury. He will be transferred to hospital for further assessments. Galang Hendra Pratama (bLU cRU WorldSSP by MS Racing) crashed on Lap 2 of the race while Kyle Smith (GMT94 Yamaha) and teammate Oscar Gutierrez came together on the same lap; all three riders retiring from the race.

P1 Andrea Locatelli (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team)
“It’s a dream! Until then you know it’s alive but it’s an incredible day. We work everywhere, every time very well and this is our objective. This is an incredible day and I don’t have any words but I’m very excited. Thanks to my guys because they work very hard every time and this is the result.”

P2 Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing)
“The race is not so bad again it’s not possible to win. I tried to follow but exactly the same race compared to the first part of the season and every stage of the season. It’s not possible to ride in the rhythm of the yellow bike. For sure, it’s not easy because when you start the race and your best position is second it is not nice, but this is racing and this is the racing for this year. I am happy for my team with second position and for Kawasaki because my teammate finished third and this is nice for the Puccetti team and Kawasaki.”

P3 Philipp Oettl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing)
“It was a tough job, I decided to use the softer rear tyre but after 10 laps to go I felt there was a drop and then I was just sliding around. I tried to build as much grip as possible, but it was a very hard job to do this with pickup but I’m happy, we have a 2-3 with Kawasaki and I think I learnt a lot this weekend. In the past two races, we didn’t have enough luck to finish on the podium but today feels really good.”

#CatalanWorldSBK at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya – Race 2
1.) Andrea Locatelli (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team)
2.) Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) +2.159s
3.) Philipp Oettl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) +4.252s
4.) Raffaele de Rosa (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) +5.086s
5.) Steven Odendaal (EAB Ten Kate Racing) +7.847s
6.) Isaac Viñales (Kallio Racing) +8.195s

Championship Standings after Race 2, Round 6
1. Andrea Locatelli (ITA) Yamaha (263 points)
2. Lucas Mahias (FRA) Kawasaki (159 points)
3. Jules Cluzel (FRA) Yamaha (146 points)

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Okaya secures sensational historic victory in chaotic WorldSSP300 Race 2

Okaya Secures Sensational Historic Victory In Chaotic Worldssp300 Race 2Last-lap collision between three front runners allows Okaya to claim his first WorldSSP300 as Deroue comes from the tenth row to the podium.

The drama went to the final corner on the last lap in FIM Supersport 300 World Championship as the Championship visited the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the first time with Yuta Okaya (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) claiming his and Japan’s first victory in WorldSSP300 during the Acerbis Catalunya Round.

A Turn 10 collision between Unai Orradre (Yamaha MS Racing), Bahattin Sofuoglu (Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSSP300) and long-time race leader Tom Booth-Amos (RT Motorsports by SKM-Kawasaki) separated out the front group meaning Okaya was able to claim victory. Orradre was able to continue in the race but finished in 26th place while Sofuoglu came home in tenth as Booth-Amos retired.

Okaya had been running at the front throughout on the 10-lap race and made the race-winning move on the last lap to claim the stunning victory, heading off teammates Scott Deroue and Jeffrey Buis as MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT claimed a podium lockout during Race 2; with Deroue closing in on Buis in the Championship standings. Deroue had to come through the Last Chance Race to make the main races and battled his way through the grid to get to the podium in Race 2 as he showed strong pace throughout.

Koen Meuffels (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) continued the team’s success as he finished in fourth place, the team claiming a 1-2-3-4 finish. Meikon Kawakami (Team Brasil AD 78) finished the race in fifth place as the highest-placed Yamaha rider, finishing just over a tenth away from a podium finish. Inigo Iglesias Bravo (Scuderia Maranga Racing) secured a top six finished; under a tenth away from Kawakami.

Hugo de Cancellis (Team TRASIMENO) was another who fought his way through the Last Chance Race to secure a seventh place finish, just ahead of Ukrainian rider Nick Kalinin (Battley-RT Motorsports by SKM-Kawasaki) in eighth, Adrian Huertas (ProGP Racing) in ninth and Sofuoglu finishing in tenth despite the last-lap crash.

Race 1 podium finisher Samuel di Sora (Leader Team Flembbo) finished in 11th place as he scored more points in Barcelona, with Daniel Mogeda (OUTDO Kawasaki TPR) in 12th, Mika Perez (2R Racing) in 13th, with wildcard Angel Heredia (DEZA-ISMABON Racing Team) and Paolo Grassia (Team CHIODO Moto Racing), who started from the front row, completing the points-scoring positions.

There was a five-rider incident at Turn 10 on Lap 2 of the 10-lap race with Alejandro Carrion (Smrz Racing – Willi Race), Johan Gimbert (GP Project), Kevin Sabatucci (Kawasaki GP Project), Kim Aloisi (ProGP Racing) and Ton Kawakami (Yamaha MS Racing) with Aloisi and Kawakami able to continue in the race. Filippo Rovelli (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) also did not finish the race, while Bruno Ieraci (Kawasaki GP Project) crashed out on the final lap.

P1 Yuta Okaya (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT)
“I have no words. It was such an exciting race but so difficult! It was the hottest conditions of the week and my bike is difficult to push on, we find the chance on the last lap so I could overtake Scott in the final corner. Happy for my first victory for me and also the first Japanese victory and thanks to the team.”

P2 Scott Deroue (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT)
“It’s unbelievable! This weekend has been so difficult. In first practice, we had a problem and we were not qualified for Superpole and the other practices were wet, so we were in the Last Chance Race. Yesterday, was really difficult in the wet. This morning was very good, I was fastest, so I knew I had the pace. Then you have to come from the back of the grid to the front and that can be very difficult. In the end, it was difficult, but it worked. I’m really happy.

P3 Jeffrey Buis (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT)
“It was a difficult race because in the middle of the race, my front tyre was completely destroyed and setting the lap times was hard. At the end of the race, I had some luck and I can come through to finish third. Good points for the Championship.”

#CatalanWorldSBK at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya – Race 2
1.) Yuta Okaya (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT)
2.) Scott Deroue (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) +0.045s
3.) Jeffrey Buis (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) +0.161s
4.) Koen Meuffels (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) +0.239s
5.) Meikon Kawakami (Team Brasil AD 78) +0.292s
6.) Inigo Iglesias Bravo (Scuderia Maranga Racing) +0.343s

Championship Standings after Race 2, Round 6
1. Jeffrey Buis (NED) Kawasaki (158 points)
2. Scott Deroue (NED) Kawasaki (142 points)
3. Bahattin Sofuoglu (TUR) Yamaha (111 points)

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The master of Misano is back! Ferrari wins on a big day for the standings

The Master Of Misano Is Back! Ferrari Wins On A Big Day For The StandingsThe Trentino Gresini MotoE rider makes it four from five on the Riviera di Rimini as Aegerter crashes out.

Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE) is back on top! After Race 1 at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli saw the Italian’s winning streak come to an end, Sunday flipped the fortunes as the number 11 won his fourth race in five at the venue, ahead of a close battle for the podium between Mattia Casadei (Ongetta SIC58 Squadra Corse) and Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) ultimately won by the Italian. Big drama erupted at the front too, with former points leader Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP) getting taken out by Tommaso Marcon (Tech 3 E-Racing) and failing to score despite remounting.

Polesitter Aegerter got the holeshot into Turn 1, tussling past Ferrari, but the the Italian made a move into the lead on the opening lap down into Turn 8 – and led over the line. Tommaso Marcon (Tech3 E-Racing) had made a good start and sat third, but Casadei dived up the inside at Turn 1 on Lap 2. That set the scene for the key drama in the race: trying not to lose the final podium position, Marcon broke late into Turn 2 but it was too late, and Aegerter was in the firing line. Marcon hit the number 77’s rear tyre as both riders went down at Turn 2. Both ok and Aegerter managing to remount but out of the fight for points.

The incident left Ferrari with a comfortable eight tenths advantage up front, with Casadei and Torres chasing the Italian. The gap between Ferrari and the Casadei-Torres battle got down to about half a second initially, but there it stayed as Torres was unable to make a pass stick. The Italian and Spaniard swapped positions at Turn 4 as Casadei ran wide, but Torres was then really wide at Turn 10 and the duo switched again. For Ferrari, it was just more breathing space at the front…

Heading onto the last lap, Ferrari had the win in the bag, but second and third were yet to be decided. Torres was hounding Casadei but the latter was supreme on the brakes into all the passing opportunities. Having a good run down the back straight through the fast Turns 11 and 12, Torres got his rear tyre smoking through Turn 13 and looked like he was going to make a late lunge into Turn 14. However, again, Casadei was simply brilliant on the brakes and Torres held station, taking the podiu and some valuable points. Meanwhile, 1.3 seconds up the road, Ferrari took the chequered flag in P1 to stand on the top step of the podium for the fourth time in five at Misano, taking the points lead.

Casadei rode an awesome race to keep Torres behind him to the line, the duo both happy with podiums at Misano and right in the hunt near the front, with just 15 points covering Ferrari, Aegerter, Torres and Casadei heading into the final round at Le Mans.

Fourth place went the way of Niccolo Canepa (LCR E-Team) who picks up his best result of the season, and the same is true for rookie Alessandro Zaccone (Trentino Gresini MotoE) in P5 in Race 2. After his Race 1 crash at Turn 16, Mike Di Meglio (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) was able to pick up a solid P6, just 0.051 ahead of Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) as both fought through after starting from the back of the grid due to their Race 1 crashes and the new Race 2 grid format.

Alex de Angelis (Octo Pramac MotoE) also crashed in Race 1, and the Sammarinese rider was happy to claim a P8 finish at his home race, with Alejandro Medina (Openbank Aspar Team) being forced to drop one position to P9 after exceeding track limits on the last lap. P10 went the way of Xavi Cardelus (Avintia Esponsorama Racing).

Maria Herrera (Openbank Aspar Team) finished P11, with 12th place Niki Tuuli (Avant Ajo MotoE) given a time penalty for exceeding track limits. Rookie Jakub Kornfeil (WithU Motorsport) was able to finish P13 and take some points, ahead of an unfortunate Xavier Simeon (LCR E-Team). The Belgian’s title hopes took a huge dent as he was forced to start from pitlane due to a technical issue before the race start.

After his huge crash in Race 1, Lukas Tulovic (Tech3 E-Racing) somehow managed to finish Race 2 in P15, with Aegerter taking the flag in P16 after his unfortunate crash.

Another dramatic MotoE™ race ends with Ferrari now sitting at the top of the standings heading into the final round and another double-header. Ferrari, Aegerter, Torres and Casadei are split by just 15 points heading to France… so bring on Le Mans as we get set to crown the second-ever MotoE™ World Cup winner!

MotoE™ Race 2 podium
1 Matteo Ferrari – Trentino Gresini MotoE – Energica – 12:11.053
2 Mattia Casadei – Ongetta SIC58 Squadra Corse – Energica – +0.996
3 Jordi Torres – Pons Racing 40 – Energica – +1.098

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Beaubier Gets The 50th Superbike Win Of His Career

Beaubier Gets The 50th Superbike Win Of His Career50 Wins In 105 Starts For The Champ.

Earlier this year, Cameron Beaubier celebrated the 100thAMA Superbike race of his career with a victory in Pittsburgh. Today, he went out and won for the 50thtime in the premier class of the MotoAmerica series in what was his 105th start. That translates to a winning percentage of .476. In other words, Beaubier has won nearly half of the Superbike races in which he has started. Impressive stuff.

Today’s win came in HONOS Superbike race one of the MotoAmerica Superbikes at Alabama round of the 2020 MotoAmerica Series at Barber Motorsports Park and, like the majority of his wins in 2020, it was a dominant one. Beaubier ran wide on the opening lap in turn five, allowing Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz to squeeze past. The four-time MotoAmerica Superbike Champion, however, wasted little time in re-passing the South African and from there he was never headed, winning his 12th race of the season by 4.5 seconds with a celebratory stand-up wheelie across the finish line.

The win puts Beaubier at 300 points after 13 races and gives him an 89-point lead over his Monster Energy Attack Performance Yamaha teammate Jake Gagne heading into Sunday’s race two at Barber.

“To be honest, it’s just weird,” Beaubier said of winning this 50th Superbike race. “It makes me feel old when you say I got 50 races. That’s crazy right now how fast everything goes by when you’re a motorcycle racer, I guess. It’s been incredible. It’s crazy. I don’t even know what to say about that. It’s pretty cool to be next to some of the greats on the books. In regard to today, I knew going into the race it was going to be pretty tough because both these guys had pretty strong pace, especially Mat (Scholtz) yesterday afternoon. He was just clicking off low 24s and high 23s. I knew today was going to be tough. I feel like we found a little bit of something this morning after practice going into Superpole. I just got really comfy out there on my bike. Put my head down there in the beginning. I almost ran off the track going down into Charlotte’s Web (turn five) and slotted into second. I knew I had pretty good new-tire pace, so I just wanted to try to get by Mat (Scholtz) as soon as I could and put my head down. He squared me up and passed me in the last corner, and then I was able to square by him on the straightaway. And then from there on I just put my head down and it seemed like they got in a little fight and I was able to sneak away early. Actually, my front tire, it felt like it started shredding there towards halfway to the end of the race. I was pretty nervous when I felt that feeling. I feel like every rider knows that feeling when you start to push that front and you feel it in almost every right-hander. It’s like you’re surfing. Just pushing over the pavement. It was pretty early on and I was like, ‘oh no, I’m done.’ But the thing hung in there and I was still able to do a couple high 23s and low 24s on it. I was surprised. I came in and it was cheese grated, but it still hung in there. So, hats off to Dunlop for bringing good tires this weekend. I feel like no one really knew what to expect going into this round and how the asphalt was going to be. Like I’ve said all weekend, the owners have done such a good job resurfacing this place.”

Gagne ended up second in the 20-lap race, coming out on top of a battle with Scholtz and earning himself a 10-point lead over Scholtz in the battle for second in the championship. For Gagne it was his 11th podium of the year and his seventh second-place finish.

“We’ve just been a little behind all weekend,” Gagne said. “We didn’t have the best day yesterday. Made a couple mistakes on a couple different sides of things. Reset today. We had a different bike today than we did yesterday. Kind of the bike that we brought from New Jersey. It just wasn’t working here yesterday. We kind of made a couple little mistakes, like I said. But hats off to the crew. They never give up. We’re always looking for those little improvements. Cam’s flying. Mat’s flying. We knew we were off yesterday, so we made it happen and had a better bike today. Got off to a pretty decent start. Mat and Cam were duking it out there on that first lap, so I had a good front-row seat for that. I saw Cam kind of really pull the pin and he took off. Now it was kind of me and Mat. I got a really good drive and slipped underneath him down the back straight there. Just tried to put my head down. I think all of us weren’t exactly sure how these tires were going to hold with the situation we’ve had all weekend. So, I think I was just trying to click off consistent paces. We were kind of there in the low 24s and mid 24s. I just kind of wanted to click off something I could keep doing until the end. The tires held up. These Dunlops held up good. Hats off to the team again. We’ll see if we can make a couple of changes tomorrow and try to pick up the pace a little bit, especially at the beginning when Cam’s out there.”

For Scholtz it was podium number nine on the season.

“Once Jake (Gagne) came past me I kind of thought that he would be quicker for the first half, but we kind of got to the halfway point and I wasn’t catching him as quick as I thought that I would,” So just have to go back to the trailer tomorrow and try to (find some) drive out of the corners. I feel like that’s where we were losing our time to Cam (Beaubier) and Jake. Cam was just flying, and Jake definitely pulled something out of the hat today.”

M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Toni Elias finished fourth, 19.1 seconds behind Beaubier and 5.7 seconds ahead of Altus Motorsports’ Cameron Petersen, the South African impressive in putting his Stock 1000-spec Suzuki GSX-R1000 in the top five of a HONOS Superbike race.

Sixth went to Elias’ teammate Bobby Fong, some two seconds behind Petersen. KATO Fastenings/KWR Ducati’s Kyle Wyman was seventh behind Fong and well in front of Scheibe Racing BMW’s Josh Herrin.

FLY Racing ADR Motorsports’ Andrew Lee ended up ninth in his HONOS Superbike debut in his first ride on the team’s GSX-R1000 and his first ride of any kind on a Suzuki. Lee came out on top of a race-long battle with Travis Wyman Racing’s Travis Wyman by just .013 of a second.

Race two of round seven of the series will take place tomorrow afternoon at Barber Motorsports Park.

Superbike Race One

  1. Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha)
  2. Jake Gagne (Yamaha)
  3. Mathew Scholtz (Yamaha)
  4. Toni Elias (Suzuki)
  5. Cameron Petersen (Suzuki)
  6. Bobby Fong (Suzuki)
  7. Kyle Wyman (Ducati)
  8. Josh Herrin (BMW)
  9. Andrew Lee (Suzuki)
  10. Travis Wyman (BMW)

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The Big Three Win Again At Barber

The Big Three Win Again At BarberPetersen, Landers And Escalante Dominate.

The three riders who have dominated the four support classes of late – Cam Petersen, Rocco Landers (Liqui Moly Junior Cup and Twins Cup) and Richie Escalante – did so again on an overcast day at Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday with those three winning the Stock 1000, Liqui Moly Junior Cup, Twins Cup and Supersport classes, respectively.

Stock 1000 – All Petersen

In Saturday’s Stock 1000 race, championship leader Cam Petersen won his sixth race of the season and fifth in a row in dominating fashion. Starting from the pole aboard his Altus Motorsports Suzuki, Petersen got a good jump and led the 13-lap event from start to finish, taking the checkers by just over seven seconds.

The battle for second place was in contention throughout the race, and it wasn’t decided until Stefano Mesa and Corey Alexander crossed the finish line. The pair of Kawasaki riders swapped positions several times as the laps wound down, and MESA37 Racing’s Mesa put himself in position to accelerate just past Ride HVMC Racing’s Alexander at the stripe. The margin between Mesa and Alexander was just .012 of a second.

“I don’t know what it is, but I’ve got a good relationship with this track,” Petersen said. “I just love it. It’s just one of those tracks that I absolutely love. Every time I come around, I’ve just got a big smile on my face. I think that has a lot to do with it. Again, the team gave me a great bike. I’ve got a pretty solid base under me now. It’s just fine little tweaks here and there. It seems like the bike was working pretty good. Looking at the lap times today, I was able to go pretty quick. So, tomorrow is probably going to be a little bit hotter, but we got to go back to the drawing board. Like I said, we’re going to make some changes in-between this race and the Superbike race and see. I want to get into the 24‘s so bad. If I can do a 24.9 either today or tomorrow, I’ll walk away from this place extremely happy. Big shout out to my team. I can’t thank them enough. And shout out to these guys for pushing me to go all the way.”

Supersport – Escalante Runs Away

Saturday’s Supersport race featured another close battle among the three frontrunners—at least in the beginning. HONOS Kawasaki’s Richie Escalante, M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Sean Dylan Kelly, and Celtic HSBK Racing Yamaha’s Brandon Paasch raced each other hard, and Escalante and Kelly even made contact at least once in the early going of the 20-lap event as they swapped the lead.

Escalante, however, took the lead for good on lap four and began to build his lead. Kelly and Paasch were in second and third until lap seven, when RiderzLaw Aguilar Racing Yamaha’s Jason Aguilar passed Paasch for third.

At the checkered flag, Escalante notched his 10th win of the season by more than 13 seconds over Kelly, with Aguilar crossing the finish line in third.

“For sure, it’s very fun,” Escalante said. “It’s better to compare the last races so I’m happy about that. Then the last laps, for sure, is very fun. I think Sean (Dylan Kelly) is a great rider. Sometimes, we touch, but it’s part of the racing. I’m really happy with the first laps. I tried to look in first position. I started to run very quick laps and then really consistent. So, I’m really happy. I’m working a lot with my team to improve a little bit this weekend. This week, I try to change my mentality, more enjoying the weekend, race by race. I’m really happy. Today, my bike is working amazing. I think my riding, too, for the tires is a little bit more consistent. It’s why we have a very good pace this weekend. Maybe we try another thing in the morning. For sure, always Sunday’s race is more difficult the race. I’m very happy. Thanks to my team. We keep working tomorrow.”

Liqui Moly Junior Cup – 10 Straight For Landers

Last year’s Liqui Moly Junior Cup Champion Rocco Landers is on the verge of repeating his 2019 feat, and it’s been a steamroller-like campaign for him during this 2020 season. In Saturday’s race one, the 15-year-old Oregonian started from the pole, and led every lap to take his 10th victory in a row. It was another dominant performance for Landers aboard his Norton Motorsports/Ninja400R/Dr.Farr/WonderCBD Kawasaki as he crossed the finish line with a gap of nearly 12 seconds over second-place finisher Sam Lochoff.

Meanwhile Lochoff, who was aboard his Celtic HSBK Racing Kawasaki, raced neck and neck with Benjamin Gloddy, with each rider taking turns in second place. At the checkered flag, it was Lochoff, who clinched the second step on the podium with Gloddy bringing his Quarterley Racing/On Track Development Kawasaki across the finish line in a very close third.

“I showed up, and I had that feeling again, ready to go,” Landers said. “I felt like I was just in the zone, going good. I was feeling great the entire race. The whole race, (my lap times were) within a half a second, even when I started to lose the tire at the end. Just kept pushing, kept hammering away to build up a lead at the finish.”

Twins Cup – Landers Again

Junior Cup race one winner Rocco Landers competed in back-to-back races on Saturday, the youngster also lining up for the afternoon’s Twins Cup race one. Landers, who is the points leader in both race classes, rode his SportbikeTrackGear.com RoadracingWorld.com Suzuki to victory, and at one point, Landers was being caught by Kaleb De Keyrel until De Keyrel crashed out of the race, unhurt.

That handed the battle for second place to Hayden Schultz Racing’s Hayden Shultz, who barely nipped Robem Engineering Suzuki’s Jackson Blackmon at the line in a near-photo-finish for the pair, with Blackmon settling for third.

When Landers was asked about the fact that De Keyrel was catching him, he said, “I knew I was going slower, for sure. I started to lose the tire in the race. My pace started to fall off. I went from 1.9 to 1.4. I looked back, and he was right there. I looked back on the last corner and he wasn’t there. So, I’m sorry that (crash) happened to him. It would have been way close. I don’t know if I would have been able to beat him after that. I’m happy with the results. Super happy with the points.”

Twins Cup

  1. Rocco Landers (Suzuki)
  2. Hayden Schultz (Yamaha)
  3. Jackson Blackmon (Suzuki)
  4. Joseph Blasius (Suzuki)
  5. Toby Khamsouk (Suzuki)
  6. Cooper McDonald (Yamaha)
  7. Trevor Standish (Suzuki)
  8. Chris Parrish (Suzuki)
  9. Kris Lillegard (Yamaha)
  10. Ryan Max Johnson (Yamaha)

 Liqui Moly Junior Cup

  1. Rocco Landers (Suzuki)
  2. Samuel Lochoff (Kawasaki)
  3. Benjamin Gloddy (Kawasaki)
  4. Jack Roach (Kawasaki)
  5. David Kohlstaedt (Kawasaki)
  6. Liam Grant (Kawasaki)
  7. Blake Davis (Kawasaki)
  8. Cody Wyman (Yamaha)
  9. Isaiah Burleson (Kawasaki)
  10. Max VanDenBrouck (Kawasaki)

 Supersport

  1. Richie Escalante (Kawasaki)
  2. Sean Dylan Kelly (Suzuki)
  3. Jason Aguilar (Yamaha)
  4. Brandon Paasch (Yamaha)
  5. Kevin Olmedo (Suzuki)
  6. Benjamin Smith (Yamaha)
  7. Nate Minster (Yamaha)
  8. Xavier Zayat (Yamaha)
  9. Nolan Lamkin (Yamaha)
  10. Lucas Silva (Suzuki)

 Stock 1000

  1. Cameron Petersen (Suzuki)
  2. Stefano Mesa (Kawasaki)
  3. Corey Alexander (Kawasaki)
  4. Michael Gilbert (Kawasaki)
  5. Travis Wyman (BMW)
  6. Maxmilliano Gerardo (Kawasaki)
  7. Ashton Yates (Honda)
  8. Hunter Dunham (Yamaha)
  9. Danilo Lewis (BMW)
  10. Joseph Giannotto (Kawasaki)

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Aegerter vs Torres vs Ferrari: Race 1 podium split by a tenth at Misano

Aegerter Vs Torres Vs Ferrari: Race 1 Podium Split By A Tenth At MisanoThe Swiss rider comes out on top to extend his lead, ending Ferrari’s unbeaten streak on the Riviera di Rimini.

Dominque Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP) emerged victorious from a last lap FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup battle in Race 1 at the Gran Premio TISSOT dell’Emilia Romagna e della Riviera di Rimini, the Swiss rider beating title rivals Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) and Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE) to the line as all three were covered by a tenth at the flag. To add some extra late drama, Ferrari crossed the line second but was demoted one position to P3 for exceeding track limits on the final lap.

It was Ferrari who got the holeshot into Turn 1 from second on the grid, with polesitter Torres slotting into P2. There was drama from the off though as Lukas Tulovic (Tech3 E-Racing) suffered a huge highside at Turn 2 in the middle of the pack, thankfully the riders avoided contact with Tulovic and the German rider headed to the medical centre for a check-up. Tech3 later confirmed Tulovic had suffered a broken third metacarpal bone in his right hand and he has some pain in his right ankle, but the doctors will decide tomorrow morning whether he is fit to ride in Race 2, which he wants to do.

After the shuffle at the start then, Ferrari was out front as a lead group of six formed by the end of Lap 1, with Aegerter grabbing second off Torres on Lap 2. Lap 3 then witnessed more drama – and it was big for both the race and standings. Free Practice pacesetter Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing), having made his way past Mattia Casadei (Ongetta SIC58 Squadracorse) shortly before, went for an inside move on Xavier Simeon (LCR E-Team) at the tight Turn 4 right-hander. It looked like Granado had made the move stick but then the front of his Energica Ego Corsa suddenly washed away, with Simeon the unlucky party caught in the crossfire. Both riders were down and out of the race – thankfully ok – but that’s a disaster for their title hopes. It also means the duo will be starting from the back of the grid for Race 2 tomorrow…

That incident left a lead group of three riders up front, with Casadei 0.8 seconds adrift of Ferrari, Torres and Aegerter – the top quartet also the top four in the World Cup standings, making it a vital race. With three laps to go, Aegerter made his move on Torres at Turn 14 but the Spaniard was able to get the cutback – giving Ferrari a little bit of breathing space…

That was soon diminished though and at the start of the last lap, Aegerter again showed a wheel to Torres – and made a Turn 1 pass stick. Now, the top two in the standings were the top two in the race. Heading down the back straight into Turn 11, Ferrari remained ahead but you could tell what was coming: Aegerter was tucked into the slipstream of his rival and heading into Turn 14, the Swiss rider slammed up the inside of Ferrari and into the lead. Could the Italian hit back? Not quite, as Aegerter led through the final sector and held it into the final corner to claim a crucial Race 1 victory and his second win of the season.

In an attempt to beat Aegerter on the run to the line, Ferrari then exceeded track limits at Turn 16. Having crossed the line ahead of Torres, he was demoted one position and loses that chunk of points to boot, now back behind Torres overall. Nevertheless, the top three across the line were covered by just 0.103 seconds in whichever order!

Casadei took the chequered flag 2.5 seconds from victory to earn his fourth consecutive top five finish of 2020, with Tommaso Marcon (Tech3 E-Racing) completing the top five. Niccolo Canepa (LCR E-Team) finished P6, just over half a second ahead of a great gaggle of riders who battled it out for the remaining top 10 positions. Alejandro Medina (Openbank Aspar Team), Josh Hook (Octo Pramac MotoE), Xavi Cardelus (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) and Alessandro Zaccone (Trentino Gresini MotoE) crossed the line covered by just half a second to round out the top 10.

Alex de Angelis (Octo Pramac MotoE) and Mike Di Meglio (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) crashed unhurt in Race 1, and Niki Tuulu (Avan Ajo MotoE) jumped the start, given two Long Lap Penalties for the infraction.

That’s it for Saturday. Aegerter extended his lead in the standings to 19 points over Torres, with Ferrari two adrift of the Spaniard in P3. In addition, the podium finishers secure front row starts for Race 2 on Sunday as Race 1 results now set the second grid. That’s bad news for Granado, Simeon, Di Meglio, de Angelis and more, but it should create another stunning showdown. Tune in at 10:05 (GMT+2)!

MotoE™ Race 1 podium
1 Dominique Aegerter – Dynavolt Intact GP – Energica – 12:11.346
2 Jordi Torres – Pons Racing 40 – Energica – +0.103
3 Matteo Ferrari – Trentino Gresini MotoE – Energica – +0.075*
*Demoted one position

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O’Halloran becomes the eighth wonder of 2020 Bennetts BSB with Oulton Park win

O’halloran Becomes The Eighth Wonder Of 2020 Bennetts Bsb With Oulton Park WinJason O’Halloran became the eighth wonder of the 2020 Bennetts British Superbike Championship season, winning the opening race at Oulton Park by the narrowest of margins following an intense tenth round of the series in Cheshire.

O’Halloran had been on the pace throughout free practice, claiming pole position for today’s race for the McAMS Yamaha team, but it was a hard-fought victory for the Australian as he faced some serious competition in his quest to return to the top step for the first time since 2016.

At the start of the race, Glenn Irwin had hit the front of the pack ahead of brother Andrew and O’Halloran, as disaster struck Silverstone race-winner Kyle Ryde as he crashed out unhurt on the opening lap.

O’Halloran had taken the lead on the second lap, but in a frantic battle for the win, just four laps later Christian Iddon had taken the advantage at the front, after carving his way up the order.

As the VisionTrack Ducati rider led the freight train of riders, Andrew Irwin was also eager to fight his way though and he had moved into second place.

By the tenth lap O’Halloran had dropped back to fourth, as Iddon started coming under fire from the Honda Racing pairing with Andrew and Glenn holding second and third place.

O’Halloran wasn’t defeated though and he moved ahead of the championship leader and then into second place with three laps remaining as he began his fightback to the front.

Iddon was defending hard but it wasn’t enough on the final lap as O’Halloran was able to grab the advantage and hold off the Snetterton race winner, to claim victory by 0.358s for McAMS Yamaha.

The race also proved to be a highlight for the Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki team as Danny Buchan claimed his first podium finish of the season; moving into third place with two laps to go as he pushed the Honda Racing pairing for the final spot in the top three.

The third place for Buchan means that five different manufacturers have now finished on the podium this season as he became the ninth different rider to celebrate a podium result.

Andrew Irwin held off brother Glenn for fourth place at the chequered flag, as his lead in the championship standings was reduced by five points as O’Halloran leapt up to second in the standings ahead of tomorrow’s two races.

Lee Jackson was sixth after getting ahead of Bradley Ray and Josh Brookes in the closing stages of Round 10 with Tarran Mackenzie and Gino Rea completing the top ten.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Oulton Park, Round 10 result:

  1. Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha)
  2. Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati) +0.358s
  3. Danny Buchan (Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki) +0.804s
  4. Andrew Irwin (Honda Racing) +3.959s
  5. Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing) +4.069s
  6. Lee Jackson (Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki) +4.119s
  7. Bradley Ray (SYNETIQ BMW) +4.359s
  8. Josh Brookes (VisionTrack Ducati) +4.476s
  9. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +5.884s
  10. Gino Rea (Buildbase Suzuki) +14.324s

Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings after Round 10:

  1. Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing) 168
  2. Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) 138
  3. Josh Brookes (VisionTrack Ducati) 130
  4. Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati) 126
  5. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) 124
  6. Kyle Ryde (Buildbase Suzuki) 114
  7. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) 108
  8. Andrew Irwin (Honda Racing) 96
  9. Lee Jackson (Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki) 88
  10. Danny Buchan (Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki) 63

For more information on the Bennetts British Superbike Championship visit www.britishsuperbike.com

Jason O’Halloran
(McAMS Yamaha)
Round 10 race winner

“I got a pretty good start and I got into the lead in the early to the middle part of the race, and thought ‘I might try and have a bit of a break’.

“I saw +0.4 on the board early on and then I didn’t get the opportunity to go again, and in the early part of the races Andrew and Glenn (Irwin) were quite strong, but we were strong in different places of the track. I am sure when they were behind me they struggled and when I was behind them they struggled!

“I had to bide my time and figure out a couple of places where I was stronger and where I could make some passes. I need to get past Christian (Iddon) with a couple to go as I didn’t want to leave it right until the last minute, so when I got in front, I put my head down, set the fastest lap of the race on the last lap and managed to get the win.

“It has been a long time between wins. We have had four race in the row now where I have been on the podium. We were so close at Silverstone and even back at Donington we had the speed to win, we just didn’t manage to get there.

“A huge thanks to McAMS and the whole McAMS Yamaha team they have given me a great bike this weekend, they have given me a great bike all year and we have been fast from the very beginning. It is thanks to them and I am looking forward to two races tomorrow.”

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Viñales slams in another lap record for second Misano pole in seven days

Viñales Slams In Another Lap Record For Second Misano Pole In Seven DaysThe Spaniard escapes Miller by less than a tenth, with Quartararo third and Bagnaia missing out as the Italian has his final flying lap cancelled.

Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) has done it again. A week on from pole at the San Marino GP, the Spaniard slammed in 1:31.077 to set a new lap record in qualifying at the Gran Premio TISSOT dell’Emilia Romagna e della Riviera di Rimini, taking his third pole of the season and third in succession at Misano when including 2019. It was still pretty close, however, with Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) cutting the gap to 0.076 as the Australian leapt up the timesheets to take second on the grid, with Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) taking third to lock out the front row.

Sunny skies on the Riviera di Rimini since the paddock arrived have seen the times tumble and tumble, right down to another new lap record in Q2. On the way there though, there was Q1 to decide first and it was a real shootout. In the end, Miller was the man on top, with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) in second as two of the key contenders moved through to fight it out for the top 12.

Once Q2 was underway, it was a familiar story for Viñales: two stops, three runs. He was the man on top first as Bagnaia slotted into P2, but then the Italian really got the hammer down on his second lap – a 1:31.313 handing the Pramac Racing rider provisional pole. Quartararo then slotted into P2 less than a tenth off ‘Pecco’, with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Brad Binder slotting into third ahead of Viñales and teammate Pol Espargaro.

Quartararo was right on the money again though, just 0.032 off Bagnaia coming through Sector 3, but the Frenchman made a mistake coming into Turn 16 – lap over. That was the first runs down for most but as the field filed in, Viñales was back out.

Already on his second run, ‘Top Gun’ was flying. The number 12 nailed the lap to the end but he still didn’t quite manage to beat Bagnaia, 0.073 off and forced to reload for another run at it. Next time around the Spaniard was a quarter of a second up through the first sector and it looked like this might be it, but he lost time in the middle of the lap – with just 0.013 covering him and Bagnaia into the final sector. Viñales was on rails through Sector 4 though and sure enough, a Yamaha was at the summit – a 1:31.268 was now the time to beat for pole position.

Meanwhile Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) – one of the pre-race favourites – was lingering down in P10 after his opening few flying laps, one-lap pace still seemingly hampering the Spaniard and Suzuki on Saturday afternoons. Dovizioso was P8 heading into the final three minutes, and his nearest title rival Quartararo P3. With two minutes to go though, Dovizioso found some time and moved up into P6 – a provisional second row start.

Tucked in behind VR46 Academy protégé Bagnaia, Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) then improved from P9 to P5, shuffling Dovizioso onto Row 3, as Binder and Bagnaia lit the timing screens red. The South African moved into P3 with a great lap, but an even greater one (kind of) was coming in for Bagnaia. The Ducati rider rounded the final corner with Rossi and Miller in tow and it was a scintillating 1:30.973, the fastest ever lap round Misano, but it had looked outside track limits… and it ultimately was. Bagnaia’s record-breaker was cancelled for the infraction on the exit of Turn 16 – the same thing that had bitten Viñales earlier in the season.

Miller’s lap, meanwhile, put him second and then provisional pole as Bagnaia’s lap disappeared off the screen, but Viñales was still out on the hunt. The San Marino GP polesitter would take the chequered flag in P1 with another new Misano outright lap record, making it three poles in a row for Viñales, and Yamaha, at Misano as well as Viñales’ fourth overall at the venue. That, in turn, sees him equal Jorge Lorenzo for most MotoGP™ poles at the track.

Quartararo set a personal best on his last lap to claim P3, 0.069 off Miller, with Pol Espargaro just beating Bagnaia’s valid fastest time to give the KTM rider his second best qualifying result of the season. Bagnaia didn’t seem too disheartened in fifth, however.

Binder joins his KTM teammate Pol Espargaro on Row 2 after qualifying in sixth, which is also the rookie’s best Saturday afternoon result of 2020. Rossi spearheads the third row in P7, The Doctor just three tenths away from Viñales’ time, with the nine-time World Champion sitting ahead of San Marino GP winner Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT). It was P8 for Morbidelli this time around, who is nursing an illness this weekend.

Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team) eventually got the better of teammate Dovizioso and the factory GP20 machines will line-up P9 and P10 for the Emilia Romagna GP. What can the title chase leader do from P10? And what can Mir do from P11 on the grid? The Suzuki rider has been one of the leading contenders throughout the weekend, but finishing outside the top 10 in Q2 wasn’t how the script was supposed to go – although it’s only 0.540 covering the leading 11 riders. Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) will want more too, the Japanese rider having crashed at Turn 15 in the early stages. Rider ok, and P12.

The top six in Emilia Romagna GP Q2 were all faster than last week’s pole position, but it’s the same man emerging at the top. Viñales will again launch from pole at Misano, but he’ll be hoping the story of the race plays out a little different his time around. Judging from the Free Practice timesheets, the Emilia Romagna GP is going to be electrifying, so don’t miss any of the action when the lights go out for the MotoGP™ race at 14:00 local time (GMT+2) on Sunday afternoon.

MotoGP™ front row
1 Maverick Viñales – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP – Yamaha – 1:31.077
2 Jack Miller* – Pramac Racing – Ducati – +0.076
3 Fabio Quartararo* – Petronas Yamaha SRT – Yamaha – +0.145
*Independent Team riders

Maverick Viñales: “I feel good, FP4 was really good, much better than the other race! I struggled a lot on Friday and in FP3 especially in the first laps, but I was trying to work on race setup .It feels like we made an improvement from last weekend, which makes me much calmer and more ready for tomorrow. We’ll try our best, the team did a great job especially this morning, and on the last exit we found something good. I worked hard on race conditions and I hope it pays off tomorrow.”

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Marini beats Bezzecchi to lap record pole by just 0.036

Marini Beats Bezzecchi To Lap Record Pole By Just 0.036Sky Racing Team VR46 duel it out for pole, with Vierge completing the front row three tenths off the home heroes.

A 1:35.271 for Luca Marini (Sky Racing Team VR46) – and a new lap record to boot – hands the Italian a second consecutive pole position of the season as he beat teammate Marco Bezzecchi by just 0.036 in Moto2™ Q2 at the Gran Premio TISSOT dell’Emilia Romagna e della Riviera di Rimini. Petronas Sprinta Racing’s Xavi Vierge completed the front row, 0.348 off pole position despite a late crash for the Spaniard.

The first laps were slammed in and it was Bezzecchi who led the way from Vierge, but Marini’s second lap was absolutely incredible. Enea Bastianini’s (Italtrans Racing Team) FP3 lap record was a 1:35.649 in the morning, but that was obliterated by Marini. The Championship leader set a 1:35.271 to lay down the gauntlet, with Bezzecchi going P2, 0.195 seconds off. Aron Canet (Inde Aspar Team Moto2) and Jake Dixon (Petronas Sprinta Racing) got themselves into the top four in the early stages. too.

Sam Lowes (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) then jumped onto the provisional front row, 0.4 off, and went quicker on his next lap to get the gap down to 0.3, but the Brit remained P3. Meanwhile, Bezzecchi was on a charge and was right on Marini’s pace halfway around the lap. The Moto2™ sophomore was then under his teammate’s blistering time by 0.032, but he couldn’t hold it to the line, ultimately missing out by 0.036. Just ahead of Bezzecchi was Vierge, who shot onto the front row in P3. That secured the position for Sunday although immediately after, the Spaniard tucked the front at Turn 1 – rider ok.

Lowes was then going great guns again and was less than a tenth away at the third checkpoint, but something went wrong in the fourth split and the British rider lost four tenths. Bezzecchi and Marini were again both setting a very similar pace to pole, but neither could maintain it to the line. Not that it mattered, as the Sky VR46 duo remained a class above in qualifying, the two Italians getting the business done on home turf once again on Saturday.

Despite his crash, Vierge kept P3 to secure his first front row start since the 2019 Dutch GP. Lowes threatened to displace the number 97 in the latter stages but couldn’t string a lap together, but the Brit will be pleased with P4, with a podium seemingly in sight for the rider who claimed P8 from pitlane last weekend. Bastianini will be hoping to challenge the leading Italians in the opening stages too in a bid to minimise the potential damage that could be caused with Marini and Bezzecchi on song.

Canet completes Row 2, the rookie sensation 0.532 from pole and having a much improved weekend at Misano second time around, but it was close as the Spaniard beat Jake Dixon by just 0.011. P7 is nevertheless Dixon’s best Moto2™ qualifying result, and his first top ten since the 2019 Czech GP.

Beta Tools Speed Up’s Fabio Di Giannantonio lines up just behind Dixon in P8, and just ahead of teammate Jorge Navarro. Nicolo Bulega (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) completed the top 10, the Italian seven tenths shy of compatriot Marini.

Augusto Fernandez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) suffered a big crash at Turn 5 in Q2 – rider ok but to be reviewed on Sunday morning.

After the showstopper we had last Sunday, will it once again be a tale of two teammates on Sunday? Can anyone stop Sky Racing Team VR46? It’s looking like a difficult task, but you’ll find out at 12:20 (GMT+2) on Sunday!

Moto2™ front row
1 Luca Marini – Sky Racing Team VR46 – Kalex 1:35.271
2 Marco Bezzecchi – Sky Racing Team VR46 – Kalex +0.036
3 Jake Dixon – Petronas Sprinta Racing – Kalex +0.348

Luca Marini: “It’s a very good weekend for now, thinking about this weekend and the past race, I was trying to improve riding style or something in the bike, thinking about that I could work well with my crew, we did a good step, also with the bike we changed something compared to last race and the feeling is coming better. Also the new soft tyre this weekend, at the beginning it was difficult but then we changed the bike and found a good compromise for this qualifying. I was not feeling so fast in the lap, but I was precise, didn’t make so many mistakes, trying to do what I’m talking about with my electronics engineer all weekend and be precise, so that’s it. I’m very happy with the new record, everybody made a step forward, the level in Moto2 is very high and I’m happy to make this record… which stays until next year!”

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Fernandez flies to third pole of the season

Fernandez Flies To Third Pole Of The SeasonThe Spaniard beats home heroes Arbolino and Migno by less than a tenth, with McPhee facing a fight back from 20th on Sunday.

Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Raul Fernandez clinched his third Moto3™ pole position of the season at the Gran Premio TISSOT dell’Emilia Romagna e della Riviera di Rimini, putting in a late dash to take to the top. With just 30 seconds remaining on the clock, the Spaniard snatched it away from home hero Tony Arbolino (Rivacold Snipers Team) by a tiny 0.088, with fellow Italian Andrea Migno (Sky Racing Team VR46) putting in a late charge to lock out the front row, still within a tenth.

There was some drama earlier in the afternoon before the final charge, with last weekend’s San Marino GP winner John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing) failing to make it out of Q1 and, as a result, starting 20th on the grid. Instead, it was Deniz Öncü (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) the first through from Q1, joined by eventual front row man Arbolino, Kaito Toba (Red Bull KTM Ajo) and Filip Salač (Rivacold Snipers Team).

Arbolino looked like he would be the star of the show too, with the Italian holding on to provisional pole heading into the final push of the session. A crash for Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) just ahead of him scuppered a chance to improve though, and Fernandez would go on to pounce. A late 1:41.705 from the Spaniard, despite being six tenths adrift of Celestino Vietti’s (Sky Racing Team VR46) new lap record set in FP3, was enough for Fernandez to take pole number three of the year.

The chequered flag came out not long after, with Vietti clinging on to the final front row place just behind Fernandez and Arbolino. His Sky Racing Team VR46 teammate Andrea Migno had other ideas, however, pushing him down to fourth before Albert Arenas (Gaviota Aspar Team Moto3) also pipped the number 13; the Championship leader making a valuable leap up from 16th to head the second row. Sterilgarda Max Racing Team’s Romano Fenati slots in just behind Vietti in sixth, meaning the number 55 has secured back-to-back slots on the front two rows of the grid for the first time since the Japanese and Australian Grands Prix back in 2017.

Fronting row three, meanwhile, is Q1 graduate Kaito Toba. He was set to be joined there by compatriot Suzuki, who was eighth quickest in the session, but the SIC58 rider was declared unfit for a broken wrist sustained in his crash, so Leopard Racing’s Jaume Masia moves up to start eighth. Reigning FIM Moto3™ Junior World Champion Jeremy Alcoba (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3) will therefore get a third row start as he gains a place too, tenth fastest in the session but starting ninth. Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing) will be the man completing the top ten on the grid.

As well as McPhee, who faces a fight back from 20th, there’s another name missing so far: Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia). The man second overall in the standings, and polesitter last week, was P12 in Q2 but will start 11th, leaving him a little more work to do to take the fight to Arenas and cut back his five-point deficit.

How’s that for an interesting grid? Tune in for another stunner at 11:00 (GMT+2) as the lights go out for Moto3™ at the Gran Premio TISSOT dell’Emilia Romagna e della Riviera di Rimini.

Moto3™ front row
1 Raul Fernandez – Red Bull KTM Ajo – KTM – 1:41.705
2 Tony Arbolino – Rivacold Snipers Team – Honda +0.088
3 Andrea Migno – Sky Racing Team VR46 – KTM – +0.092

Raul Fernandez: “I’ve really happy with this pole, it’s different because I did the time alone and in Moto3 it’s very difficult. I’m happy the setting is good for tomorrow, we can fight well which is important in Moto3 and I hope tomorrow we can aim for the podium.”

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Rea takes commanding lights-to-flag WorldSBK Race 1 victory

Rea Takes Commanding Lights-to-flag Worldsbk Race 1 VictoryReigning Champion Jonathan Rea extends his Championship lead to 41 points after dominating Race 1 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

The first ever MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship race at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya was won by Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) as the reigning Champion claimed victory in Race 1 for the inaugural Acerbis Catalunya Round; extending his Championship lead to 41 points.

Rea started from pole position after going quickest in this morning’s Tissot Superpole session and held position off the line as the lights went out, maintaining and increasing a gap to his nearest rivals on track. Scott Redding (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) finished in second place after getting a superb launch off the grid after starting from seventh place; the British rider taking advantage of a close call between Toprak Razgatlioglu (PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team) and teammate and Michael van der Mark at Turn 1 with both able to stay on their bike.

Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Team GOELEVEN) and Redding battled in the early stages of the race before trying to work together to close the gap to Rea but they were unable to do so with Rea extending his lead to eventually win by 2.6s. Redding came home to finish in second place while Rinaldi fell down the order in the latter stages, eventually finishing in seventh.

Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) battled his way through the field to finish in third place meaning British riders have now locked out the podium on 54 occasions in WorldSBK, with Davies finishing ahead of van der Mark in fourth. Alvaro Bautista (Team HRC) lost ground compared to his starting position, finishing in fifth place with Razgatlioglu in sixth after the incident with his teammate at Turn 1. Bautista lost a position to Davies on Lap 15 of 20 when he went wide into Turn 1, allowing Davies to sweep around the outside of Bautista.

Rinaldi finished in seventh place after losing lots of time in the final few laps, being passed by Davies, van der Mark and Bautista in three successive laps. He finished ahead of Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team) as the American continued his strong performances in dry conditions in Barcelona.

Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) was in ninth place with Leon Haslam (Team HRC) completing the top ten. Eugene Laverty picked up points for his efforts with 11th place, just one tenth away from a top ten finish. Wildcard Jonas Folger (Bonovo Action by MGM Racing) battled his way through the field after not setting a time in qualifying, moving up from 21st to finish 12th.

Xavi Fores (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing), Loris Baz (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) and Federico Caricasulo (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team) completed the points paying positions by rounding out the top 15. Samuele Cavalieri (Barni Racing Team) finished in 16th on his first appearance in 2020, ahead of last-minute call up Lorenzo Zanetti (Motocorsa Racing).

Sylvain Barrier (Brixx Performance), Takumi Takahashi (MIE Racing HONDA Team) and Valentin Debise (OUTDO Kawasaki TPR) were the rest of the finishers in the race with Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) retiring from the race in the early stages.

P1 Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)
“I had a lot of motivation in this race. It’s my team home race. Obviously, Ana Carrasco can’t be here with us in the team, so this race win is for her and also for my grandfather. It is his anniversary today, 27 years ago he died so I was using that as a lot of power in the race to just never give up. I am super happy for me, my team. I wish the fans could be here, and their families to celebrate with us but lot of info for tomorrow. I am looking forward to that one because in the last laps, the front was moving quiet a lot. In this temperature with this grip level, we just need a bit more for tomorrow. So, looking forward to sleeping on that and coming back stronger tomorrow.”

P2 Scott Redding (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati)
“In qualifying I struggled a bit, I think the qualifying tyre was not so good so I started seventh on the grid which is not ideal but I got off to a mega start, then van der Mark came through and made some space for me so it made it a little bit easier. I was behind Rinaldi and I felt good. I needed to get passed him and I got by him, and I lost the rear in Turn 3. This is a corner where we suffer a lot and I tried to push and that’s what happened. He came back, passed me again. He tapped the seat so I thought he was a bit faster than me in some sectors, I tried to see something. I saw the tyre drop and I thought he needed to go and close the gap and had a good run to close the gap a little bit to Jonny, but it was just give and take all the time. So, from seventh to finish second, I am happy with that I must say. It’s a shame we couldn’t fight for the win but in this point of the Championship, we have to get the best results we can, when we can.”

P3 Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati)
“Yes, a bit steady the first ten laps, I think. I was giving it everything, but I just didn’t seem to have the ability to get it hooked up in some of the longer corners in the early parts. And then it seems that everybody dropped, well the people I was riding with dropped to my sort of grip and then I was able to move forward, and I stayed maybe a bit more consistent than those who were around me. It is the first 10 laps where we are missing out. Start was good, I was in a good position, I was well placed to go forward but had a lack of traction.”

#CatalanWorldSBK at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya – Race 1.
1. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)
2. Scott Redding (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) +2.625s
3. Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) +4.459s
4. Michael van der Mark (PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team) +6.078s
5. Alvaro Bautista (Team HRC) +6.989s
6. Toprak Razgatlioglu (PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team) +8.770s

Championship Standings after Race 1, Round 6
1. Jonathan Rea (GBR) Kawasaki (268 points)
2. Scott Redding (GBR) Ducati (227 points)
3. Toprak Razgatlioglu (TUR) Yamaha (157 points)

#CatalanWorldSBK at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya – Superpole.
1. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) 1’41.619s
2. Toprak Razgatlioglu (PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team) +0.094s
3. Alvaro Bautista (Team HRC) +0.138s
4. Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) +0.204s
5. Michael van der Mark (PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team) +0.354s
6. Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Team GOELEVEN) +0.597s

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Verdoia storms to shock WorldSSP victory in Red Flagged Race 1

Verdoia Storms To Shock Worldssp Victory In Red Flagged Race 1Andy Verdoïa becomes the youngest ever WorldSSP race winner after a mid-race rainstorm brings out the Red Flag.

The weather played a massive role in the outcome of the first ever FIM Supersport World Championship race at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya as Andy Verdoïa (bLU cRU WorldSSP by MS Racing) claimed a shock victory in a Red Flagged Race 1 for the Acerbis Catalunya Round as Championship leader Andrea Locatelli (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) finished off the podium for the first time this season.

Verdoïa did not pit stop as the rain came down in Montmelo and was the leader at the timing point the results were taken from; with 11 laps of the 17 scheduled completed full race points awarded. Verdoïa becomes the first WorldSSP300 race winner to win in WorldSSP as well as the youngest WorldSSP winner as he claimed victory ahead of Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) and Kyle Smith (GMT94 Yamaha) who completed the podium; Smith replacing the injured Jules Cluzel for this round.

Championship leader Locatelli finished in fourth place after losing time as the rain started to fall but had been leading in dry conditions. Although he had a poor start and fell into fourth place on Lap 2, a lap later into Turn 1 he passed Mahias, Philipp Oettl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) and Corentin Perolari (GMT94 Yamaha).

Mahias, Smith and Locatelli were the last riders to come into the pits before the Red Flag was shown with all three just about to get back on track after changing tyres in the pits while Verdoïa was able to stay out without pitting, keeping his bike on track to claim victory.

Kevin Manfredi (Altogoo Racing Team) secured a stunning top five finish and the lead rider out of the WorldSSP Challenge riders, finishing just ahead of Steven Odendaal (EAB Ten Kate Racing) in sixth place and 2019 WorldSSP300 Champion Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) in seventh.

Oettl was in eighth place at the timing point the results were collected from with Miquel Pons (Dynavolt Honda) finished in ninth place; equalling his best finish in WorldSSP. Axel Bassani (Soradis Yamaha Motoxracing) completed the top ten with a tenth-place finish, the Italian securing his best result of the 2020 season.

Loris Cresson (OXXO Yamaha Team Toth) finished in 11th place with Can Öncü (Turkish Racing Team), Hannes Soomer (Kallio Racing), Raffaele de Rosa (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) and Isaac Viñales (Kallio Racing) completing the point-scoring positions. Perolari, who had been leading the race in the early stages, finished in 16th place while Danny Webb (WRP Wepol Racing) finished in 18th after showing strong pace in the dry. Oscar Gutierrez (GMT94 Yamaha) had showed strong pace in the dry but lost out due to the timing of the red flag, finishing in 19th place on his debut.

Galang Hendra Pratama (bLU cRU WorldSSP by MS Racing) was taken to the medical centre following a crash in the early stages of the race, where he was diagnosed with a right-hand contusion. He will have further assessments following that diagnosis.

P1 Andy Verdoïa (bLU cRU WorldSSP by MS Racing)
“I cannot believe it. It’s incredible. I said okay continue, keep calm, don’t crash because in second gear, I was spinning on the straight. It was incredible but I said keep calm, try to finish and maybe next lap there will be a Red Flag. So, I continued, and I thought maybe I was in top 10 so at the end it is a first place, I cannot believe it. It’s incredible.”

P2 Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing)
“For sure it is great for the Championship, to secure third place and maybe pushing to come back to second. I am not really happy because one rider entered the pitlane after me and won the race. He was behind during the race, but it is better than to finish fourth or fifth. But when I saw the rain started, I ride a lot in endurance, and I know these conditions a lot. I know that when you have a bit of rain on the track, it’s possible to push for one more lap. I looked at Locatelli with the hand and I thought that it was okay to push one more lap. I got into first position and when I entered in the last corner, I saw the straight line with lot of water, I thought I made the wrong choice and finally it was the right one. I am a little bit lucky. But I hope for nice weather tomorrow for Race 2.”

P3 Kyle Smith (GMT94 Yamaha)
“It’s a really fun ending to the race to be honest. I am happy that in the dry I was riding in fourth position which is good. The rain helped me get on the podium but as well I don’t 100 percent agree with the rules, with how the Red Flag works. It is the way it is. I think that possibly we could have been more fighting more for the victory. Anyway, I am really happy for the GMT94 team which had bad luck when Jules injured himself. I am happy to keep the team on top, where it deserves to be so yes, I am happy.”

#CatalanWorldSBK WorldSSP at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya – Race 1
1.) Andy Verdoïa (bLU cRU WorldSSP by MS Racing)
2.) Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing)
3.) Kyle Smith (GMT94 Yamaha)
4.) Andrea Locatelli (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team)
5.) Kevin Manfredi (Altogoo Racing Team)
6.) Steven Odendaal (EAB Ten Kate Racing)

Championship Standings after Race 1, Round 6
1. Andrea Locatelli (ITA) Yamaha (238 points)
2. Jules Cluzel (FRA) Yamaha (146 points)
3. Lucas Mahias (FRA) Kawasaki (139 points)

#CatalanWorldSBK WorldSSP at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya – Superpole.
1. Andrea Locatelli (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) 1’44.958s
2. Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) +0.031s
3. Corentin Perolari (GMT94 Yamaha) +0.246s
4. Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) +0.339s
5. Raffaele de Rosa (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) +0.543s
6. Philipp Oettl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) +0.618s

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Booth-Amos masters the conditions to claim stunning maiden WorldSSP300 victory

Booth-amos Masters The Conditions To Claim Stunning Maiden Worldssp300 VictoryTricky conditions following an earlier rain shower greet the 36-strong grid, but Booth-Amos claims his first victory from pole position.

A wet but drying track made conditions tricky for all riders on the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship grid as the Championship hit the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the first time at the Acerbis Catalunya Round where Tom Booth-Amos (RT Motorsports by SKM – Kawasaki) claimed a dominant maiden victory by more than six seconds.

Booth-Amos started from pole position after going quickest in the Tissot Superpole session and led off the line to hold position despite a challenge from behind; Booth-Amos sweeping into Turn 1 into the lead and not looking back as he took his first WorldSSP300 victory. He was joined on the podium by Samuel di Sora (Leader Team Flembbo), with the Frenchman securing his first podium in WorldSSP300, and Marc Garcia (2R Racing) in third with the 2017 World Champion making his return to the Championship.

Mika Perez (Prodina Ircos Team WorldSSP300) finished the race in fourth place as Championship leader Jeffrey Buis (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) finished in fifth; Buis looking like he was struggling in the first half of the race but recovered in the latter stages of the 10-lap race to finish in fifth and extend his Championship lead. Filippo Rovelli (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) claimed a sixth-place finish as he secured his best WorldSSP300 finish.

Victor Rodriguez Nuñez (EAB Ten Kate Racing) finished in seventh in his first race for his new team, having switched to Ten Kate Racing from 2R Racing, with Koen Meuffels (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) in eighth place. Bahattin Sofuoglu (Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSSP300) battled his way through the Last Chance Race to claim a top ten finish in ninth, ahead of Johan Gimbert (GP Project).

Ton Kawakami (Yamaha MS Racing) was another who had battled his way through the field, running in the top ten in the early stages, but dropped back in a mega battle for a top ten finish, the Brazilian claiming an 11th placed finish. Alfonso Coppola (Kawasaki GP Project) was 12th with Scott Deroue (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) in 13th; Deroue also fighting through the Last Chance Race. Hugo de Cancellis (Team TRASIMENO) and Meikon Kawakami (Team Brasil AD 78) completed the points-paying positions in 15th.

It was an eventful race for Angel Heredia (DEZA-ISMABON Racing Team) who had multiple incidents throughout the race, though the wildcard was able to get back on his back after each one. Paolo Grassia (Team CHIODO Moto Racing) retired from the race after an incident on the opening lap as did Inigo Iglesias Bravo (Scuderia Maranga Racing) and Nick Kalinin (Battley RT-RT Motorsports by SKM-Kawasaki). Bruno Ieraci (Kawasaki GP Project) came off his bike and retired from the race although he did look to return to the track, while Kim Aloisi (ProGP Racing) had a similar accident at Turn 2.

P1 Tom Booth-Amos (RT Motorsports by SKM – Kawasaki)
“Finally, I get a win! It’s not been an easy year. After Portugal, when I had the big crash, it didn’t hurt but I hurt myself quite a lot, but I didn’t tell anyone. I just carried on through and in Aragon we struggled but our guys have worked hard in between, they only had one week but they´ve brought me a new package this weekend and it’s working really well. This is for them and I want to thank them. I’m a little bit far behind in the Championship but if we keep working and I keep winning races, it’s still possible.”

P2 Samuel di Sora (Leader Team Flembbo)
“It was a very difficult race. We didn’t know what the weather would be minutes before the start, but we made the right choice to put a good rain setup on the bike. I want to thank all the people that have brought me here.”

P3 Marc Garcia (2R Racing)
“It was amazing. Ten months without taking a bike and to come back into the Championship and get third position is amazing.”

#CatalanWorldSBK WorldSSP300 at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya – Race 1
1. Tom Booth-Amos (RT Motorsports by SKM – Kawasaki)
2. Samuel di Sora (Leader Team Flembbo) +6.336s
3. Marc Garcia (2R Racing) +6.391s
4. Mika Perez (Prodina Ircos Team WorldSSP300) +6.596s
5. Jeffrey Buis (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) +15.200s
6. Filippo Rovelli (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) +16.125s

Championship Standings after Race 1, Round 6
1. Jeffrey Buis (NED) Kawasaki (142 points)
2. Scott Deroue (NED) Kawasaki (122 points)
3. Bahattin Sofuoglu (TUR) Yamaha (105 points)

#CatalanWorldSBK WorldSSP300 at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya – Superpole.
1. Tom Booth-Amos (RT Motorsports by SKM – Kawasaki) 1’56.227s
2. Yuta Okaya (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) +0.035s
3. Paolo Grassia (Team CHIODO Moto Racing) +0.099s
4. Bruno Ieraci (Kawasaki GP Project) +0.262s
5. Unai Orradre (Yamaha MS Racing) +0.470s
6. Alan Kroh (Yamaha MS Racing) +0.488s

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KTM Super Duke GT 1290 Review

KTM Super Duke GT 1290 Review. Is this the world’s fastest Sports Touring Motorcycle? Too hot or not?

If you cant see the above click here to watch on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zr6W154uDlE

Review by MrDarcy & the Ol’Man

We review the stunning KTM Super Duke GT 1290 V-twin. It has the performance of the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R and melds it with the comfort and equipment needed for all-day riding, but intensified with additional enhancements, refinements and features.

This one has the amazing Akrapovič exhaust fitted and it sound great! It has an amazing rumble on hard deceleration!

We look at the performance, acceleration, braking, fuel economy, styling, comfort and size, so you can see if it fits you!

The bike is so advanced that we recommend that you look on KTM’s website to read all the tech spec and features, otherwise the video will go on for hours!

The Ol’ Man, normally a cruiser rider, gives you his opinion about the naked super sport hyper naked crazy mental motorbike – get the gist?

Torres takes first E-Pole at Misano

Torres Takes First E-pole At MisanoThe impressive rookie starts Saturday’s Race 1 from pole position – his first in the Grand Prix paddock.

Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) took his first ever E-Pole – and first pole position in the Grand Prix paddock – on Saturday, coming out on top in another classic shootout to beat Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE) by just 0.011. Points leader Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP) completes the front row for Race 1 of the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup at the Emilia Romagna GP.

There were no track limit infractions and no crashes in the session, but there was a splash of drama for Mattia Casadei (Ongetta SIC58 Squadra Corse) as he suffered an issue with his transponder. Given another E-Pole slot later in the session, the Italian got a second chance at it but it led to some last minutes nerves for the men on for a provisional front row start. Casadei’s lap, right at the end, wouldn’t show on timing screens – it would just appear once he crossed the line…

Ultimately though, Torres, Ferrari and Aegerter held on to much relief and a slight drum roll, with Casadei taking P7 and a third row start. In between the top three and the Italian, Row 2 is Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing), Xavier Simeon (LCR E-Team) and Lukas Tulovic (Tech 3 E-Racing), the latter off the front row for the first time in 2020. Granado’s lap also merits a postscript, as the Brazilian was visibly cautious after falling foul of track limits in E-Pole last weekend.

Tune in soon as the lights going out for the first FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup race of the weekend at 16:20 (GMT +2) on Saturday and remember: the Race 1 results now decide the grid for Race 2!

MotoE™ Race 1 front row
1 Jordi Torres – Pons Racing 40 – Energica – 1:43.154
2 Matteo Ferrari – Trentino Gresini MotoE – Energica – +0.011
3 Dominique Aegerter – Dynavolt Intact GP – Energica – +0.143

New Lap Record For Beaubier On Friday At Barber Motorsports Park

New Lap Record For Beaubier On Friday At Barber Motorsports ParkIf Friday’s two qualifying practice sessions are any indication, Cameron Beaubier might just have a fight on his hands over the course of the weekend at Barber Motorsports Park.

And that fight looks like it’s going to come from Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz, the South African leading the first session on Friday morning and coming extremely close to doing the same in the second. However, it was Beaubier and his Monster Energy Attack Performance Yamaha YZF-R1 on top at the end of the day. Albeit barely. Oh, and did we mention his lap broke his own record from 2018?

When all was said and done on opening day at Barber, it was Beaubier clicking off the fastest lap of the day – his record setting 1:23.202 (the previous best was a 1:23.514 set in Superpole in 2018) in the second session. But that was just .416 of a second quicker than Scholtz, who had shown his speed by leading the first session on Friday.

“Barber has done an incredible job with resurfacing this place,” Beaubier said. “We were a bit nervous last year with the pavement having a shine to it, but it’s baby butt smooth and it’s an incredible track. I think the newness got worn off and it’s even better now. All in all, everything is good. Matty (Scholtz) is riding really well and going really fast. We are down in the 23s and we’d only get there with a Superpole tire in the past.”

M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Bobby Fong ended up third with his 1:24.690 a second off Scholtz’ best as the two Yamaha men have separated themselves from the pack. Fong was just .159 of a second clear of his teammate Toni Elias, the Spaniard in turn only .029 of a second faster than KATO Fastening/KWR Ducati’s Kyle Wyman.

Scheibe Racing BMW’s Josh Herrin was seventh fastest, over half a second faster than two-time Stock 1000 Champion Andrew Lee, the Superbike Unlimited/Franklin Armory Racing-backed Californian in his MotoAmerica Superbike debut. FLY Racing ADR Motorsports’ David Anthony and Superbike Underground’s Jeremy Coffey rounded out the top 10 on Friday afternoon.

Rocco Landers had a good day at Barber, the 15-year-old leading both the Liqui Moly Junior Cup and Twins Cup sessions. Ditto for Cameron Petersen, the Altus Motorsports Suzuki rider besting the Stock 1000 class on opening day.

HONOS Kawasaki’s Richie Escalante led the Superport class over his series rival Sean Dylan Kelly on the M4 ECSTAR Suzuki, setting up their normal battle in tomorrow’s Supersport race one.

Superbike Q2

  1. Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha) 1:23.202
  2. Mathew Scholtz (Yamaha) 1:23.618
  3. Bobby Fong (Suzuki) 1:24.690
  4. Toni Elias (Suzuki) 1:24.849
  5. Jake Gagne (Yamaha) 1:24.878
  6. Kyle Wyman (Ducati) 1:25.121
  7. Josh Herrin (BMW) 1:25.296
  8. Andrew Lee (Kawasaki) 1:25.866
  9. David Anthony (Suzuki) 1:26.781
  10. Jeremy Coffee (BMW) 1:28.165

Liqui Moly Junior Cup Q1

  1. Rocco Landers (Kawasaki) 1:35.171
  2. Samuel Lochoff (Kawasaki) 1:35.554
  3. Dominic Doyle (Kawasaki) 1:36.404
  4. Benjamin Gloddy (Kawasaki) 1:37.265
  5. Isaiah Burleson (Kawasaki) 1:37.486
  6. David Kohlstaedt (Kawasaki) 1:38.000
  7. Jack Roach (Kawasaki) 1:38.083
  8. Max VanDenBrouck (Kawasaki) 1:38.118
  9. Maxmilliano Rocha (Kawasaki) 1:38.159
  10. Cody Wyman (Yamaha) 1:38.212

Supersport Q1

  1. Richie Escalante (Kawasaki) 1:27.522
  2. Sean Dylan Kelly (Suzuki) 1:28.944
  3. Jason Aguilar (Yamaha) 1:28.303
  4. Xavier Zayat (Yamaha) 1:28.601
  5. Benjamin Smith (Yamaha) 1:28.780
  6. Brandon Paasch (Yamaha) 1:29.252
  7. Kevin Olmedo (Suzuki) 1:29.345
  8. Nate Minster (Yamaha) 1:29.635
  9. Nolan Lamkin (Yamaha) 1:29.847
  10. Jaret Nassaney (Suzuki) 1:29.965

Stock 1000 Q2

  1. Cameron Petersen (Suzuki) 1:25.541
  2. Travis Wyman (BMW) 1:26.363
  3. Stefano Mesa (Kawasaki) 1:26.420
  4. Corey Alexander (Kawasaki) 1:26.464
  5. Michael Gilbert (Kawasaki) 1:26.690
  6. Ashton Yates (Honda) 1:28.110
  7. Christian Crosslin (Kawasaki) 1:28.154
  8. Joseph Giannotto (Kawasaki) 1:28.542
  9. Maxmilliano Gerardo (Kawasaki) 1:28.952
  10. Hunter Dunham (Yamaha) 1:29.404

Twins Cup

  1. Rocco Landers (Suzuki) 1:31.345
  2. Kaleb De Keyrel (Yamaha) 1:32.263
  3. Hayden Schultz (Yamaha) 1:32.568
  4. Toby Khamsouk (Suzuki) 1:33.348
  5. Jackson Blackmon (Suzuki) 1:33.443
  6. Cooper McDonald (Yamaha) 1:33.448
  7. Joseph Blasius (Suzuki) 1:33.827
  8. Daniel Adams (Suzuki) 1:34.035
  9. Chris Parrish (Yamaha) 1:34.606
  10. Jared Trees (Suzuki) 1:34.609

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