2020 Aragon World Supersport Race One Result: Can The Streak Continue?

With Andrea Locatelli having won all five races from pole position this year, setting the fastest lap on his way to the championship lead over Jules Cluzel. Would this be the weekend where Locatelli's streak comes to an end? Fifteen laps around the first of four World Supersport races at Motorland Aragon would determine if it would be the case.

The start included lots of barging to the front, with Lucas Mahias and Andrea Locatelli leading Philipp Oettl and Jules Cluzel. But Oettl fought with Locatelli and held second place from him after a few swaps back and forth. At the start of the second lap, Cluzel had both excellent drive out of the last corner and clean air in front of him, and he charged from Firth place to first, passing three bikes down the start/finish straight into turn one. Cluzel then set the fastest lap holding the lead from Locatelli, Oettl and Mahias with Isaac Viñales, Hannes Soomer and Raffaele De Rosa behind them.

On lap three, Andrea Locatelli set the fastest lap and took the lead in turn sixteen at the end of the lap, but Cluzel took it back into turn one and held it for most of the lap. Locatelli took first place from Cluzel at the end of the lap and set a new lap record of 1'54.191. Isaac Viñales lost touch with the leading riders after hitting a kerb while fighting with Lucas Mahias, a "discussion" as Philipp Oettl called it, and running off track. 

Locatelli started stretching out his lead over Cluzel who was clear of Oettl. A second or so behind third place, Lucas Mahias and Raffaele De Rosa left Corentin Perolari and Steven Odendaal to deal with Manuel Gonzales as Hannes Soomer crashed out.

Once Raffaele De Rosa passed Lucas Mahias, the top five places were settled, with the last few laps only having to determine if Isaac Viñales could recover enough to pass Steven Odendaal. 

Andrea Locatelli built his lead a couple of tenths a lap to a four second lead over Jules Cluzel who managed his second and a bit lead over Philipp Oettl lap after lap. Raffaele De Rosa a second back escaped the attention of Lucas Mahias as the battle for sixth continued.

Andrea Locatelli won the race over three seconds clear of Jules Cluzel and over five from Philipp Oettl. Raffaele De Rosa and Lucas Mahias took fourth and fifth place while Steven Odendaal stole sixth from Isaac Viñales at the flag. 

Cluzel said it is impossible to fight Locatelli with his inexplicable pace and he is happy he's the best of the rest, and Locatelli is confident heading to race two tomorrow.

Andrea Locatelli won from pole position with the fastest lap, like he has done every race this year, and extended his championship lead over Jules Cluzel to forty points over six races. Philipp Oettl's third place lifted him to fourth place in the championship, eight points behind third-placed Lucas Mahias. Streaks cannot go on for ever, but nobody seems to have told Locatelli this.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R6  
2 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 3.221
3 5 P. OETTL Kawasaki ZX-6R 1.985
4 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 6.387
5 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-6R 4.176
6 4 S. ODENDAAL Yamaha YZF R6 14.968
7 32 I. VIÑALES Yamaha YZF R6 14.980
8 81 M. GONZALEZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 15.507
9 99 D. WEBB Yamaha YZF R6 15.622
10 94 C. PEROLARI Yamaha YZF R6 24.848
11 12 A. RUIZ CARRANZA Yamaha YZF R6 28.292
12 22 F. FULIGNI MV Agusta F3 675 28.639
13 61 C. ÖNCÜ Kawasaki ZX-6R 29.338
14 6 M. HERRERA Yamaha YZF R6 41.500
15 52 P. HOBELSBERGER Honda CBR600RR 41.565
16 9 G. HENDRA PRATAMA Yamaha YZF R6 42.531
17 78 H. OKUBO Honda CBR600RR 42.566
18 47 A. BASSANI Yamaha YZF R6 46.602
19 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 54.928
20 25 A. VERDOÏA Yamaha YZF R6 59.339
21 2 L. MONTELLA Yamaha YZF R6 1'01.699
RET 38 H. SOOMER Yamaha YZF R6 4 Laps
RET 43 S. VALTULINI Kawasaki ZX-6R 9 Laps
RET 83 L. EPIS Yamaha YZF R6 11 Laps
RET 56 P. SEBESTYEN Yamaha YZF R6 12 Laps
Round Number: 
4
2020
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