Press releases from the WorldSBK, WorldSSP teams and series organizers after the first round of the series at Phillip Island:
WorldSSP standings after round 1:
The first World Supersport race of the year opens with some controversy before the race even starts, with four riders getting penalised three places for unsafe riding. During qualifying, Federico Caricasulo, Sandro Cortese, Raffaele De Rosa and Jules Cluzel were all deemed to have ridden unsafely in qualifying, slowing down at inopportune times to deal with rivals trying for a tow.
To make matters worse, with tyre problems causing issues, the race has been shortened to just sixteen laps with a mandatory pitstop on lap seven, eight or nine for a new tyre. Without a second bike, this will require every one of the twenty-two riders to get their rear wheel removed and replaced.
Press releases from the teams and series organizers after qualifying and the first race at Phillip Island:
World Supersport Superpole one was contested by twelve riders, with Stefan Hill sitting the session out after being declared unfit.
Heading into the mid-session tea break, Ayrton Badovini and Loris Cresson held off Mike Di Meglio for the qualifying places but after the tyre change, Niki Tuuli pushed his way to third place with Thomas Gradinger taking it off him a minute later.
Kenan Sofuoglu had a strange crash at Stoner Corner that brought out the red flags and medical staff, cutting the session short. Lucas Mahias ended the session quickest ahead of Sandro Cortese and Jules Cluzel. Behind the three Yamahas was local favourite Ant West on the Kawasaki holding off another Yamaha, that of Randy Krummenacher. Sofuoglu was sixth quickest in spite of his crash.
Press releases from the teams and organizers from Friday at Phillip Island:
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Aprilia and Honda fastest on Friday to lead the charge towards the first qualifying sessions of the year
Kenan Sofuoglu's fastest time of the second session was the fourth-quickest of the weekend so far. Sandro Cortese, Lucas Mahias and Randy Krummenacher were the next quickest men even thopugh none of them could improve on their morning's time. The only other rider to improve was Mike Di Meglio who lept from eighteenth place to … um, eighteenth place, improving his time by less than two tenths of a second.
Reigning World Supersport champion Lucas Mahias started his title defense at the top of the first practice session, ahead of three other Yamahas, the returning Randy Krummenacher, former Moto 2 rider and first ever Moto 3 world champion Sandro Cortese and Federico Caricasulo. Kawasaki's Kenan Sofuoglu was the quickest non-Yamaha in fifth place.