2022 Phillip Island World Supersport Race One Result: Rain Doesn't Dampen Spirits

After qualifying, the rain returned, putting standing water on the track for the first World Supersport Saturday race at the track. The race would be declared eighteen laps of a wet race; It's raining.

Federico Caricasulo led Yari Montella and Can Oncu at the start as Stefano Manzi, Hannes Soomer and Niki Tuuli failed to complete the first lap without incident.

Montella harried Caricasulo as Dominique Aegerter climbed up to fourth place behind Oncu. Oncu set the fastest lap on lap two with a 1'47.881 over a second behind the leading pair of Caricasulo and Montella. Lap three, Motella set the fastest lap, a 1'47.174, passing Caricasulo into turn one. Aegerter lost a bit of time in fourth place, getting instantly caught by Nicolo Bulega and Lorenzo Baldassarri exiting turn four.

Lap four and Caricasulo took the lead back setting a fastest lap of 1'46.539 in the progress. Montella and Caricasulo swapped back and forth throughout lap five, Montella passing outside turn nine. 

Nicolo Bulega held off Dominique Aegerter and Lorenzo Baldassarri as Marcel Schroetter watched his MV Agusta ride off into Miller Corner on its own. Montella set the fastest lap, a 1'45.709 on lap six. A lap later, Caricasulo posted a 1'45.681 less than half a second behind him. Can Oncu was over two and a half seconds behind getting caught by Nicolo Bulega, 
Dominique Aegerter and Lorenzo Baldassarri. Raffaele De Rosa was a very lonely four seconds behind. 

Nine laps in, half race distance, Yari Montella led Federico Caricasulo by just half a second. Three seconds further back, Nicolo Bulega led Can Oncu with Dominique Aegerter a second further back. Nicolo Bulega held the fastest lap, a 1'45.211, trying to close the gap to the two bikes leading.

A lap later, Caricasulo dropped off the lead, starting the lap a second behind Montella but he recovered the pace on lap eleven and built the gap behind him to almost two seconds over Bulega in the middle of the lap. 

At the start of lap thirteen, Caricasulo caught Montella and nudged his knee into turn one to take the lead from the Kawasaki man. Bulega was two seconds behind the fight in third place, three seconds clear of Oncu. 

Lap fifteen and Montella made the most of the end of lap fourteen to catch Caricasulo and pass him into turn one. With three laps to go, Montella led Caricasulo by just a third of a second with Nicolo Bulega over two seconds further back. Can Oncu sat in a safe fourth place two and a half seconds off Bulega but over a second clear of Baldassarri. 

Caricasulo passed Montella into turn three and cagily held the lead into turn four. In spite of a slight rear slide, he held the lead throughout the lap to start the last lap under a tenth off a second ahead of Montella and Montella carried enough speed into turn three to take the lead. Caricasulo fluffed turn four and crashed out to give Montella a massive lead over Nicolo Bulega and Can Oncu to win Kawasaki's first Supersport race win of the year. Lorenzo Baldassarri took fourth place five seconds ahead of Dominique Aegerter. Jules Cluzel crashed out, the seventh non-finisher, as Caricasulo recovered in seventh place six seconds behind Raffaele De Rosa. 

Seventeen riders of twenty four finished the race in spite of treacherous conditions. Yari Montella took his first career win and rode into Parc Fermé lying flat on his Kawasaki, Rollie Free style, almost ploughing into his team. 

Can Oncu secured third place in the championship and still looked annoyed at his result. He claimed to be happy until he said he was disappointed with third place in the race in spite of it being Kawasaki's best score of the year and securing him third place in the championship. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 55 Y. MONTELLA Kawasaki ZX-6R  
2 11 N. BULEGA Ducati Panigale V2 2.706
3 61 C. ONCU Kawasaki ZX-6R 3.183
4 7 L. BALDASSARRI Yamaha YZF R6 7.223
5 77 D. AEGERTER Yamaha YZF R6 12.212
6 3 R. DE ROSA Ducati Panigale V2 2.971
7 64 F. CARICASULO Ducati Panigale V2 5.998
8 69 T. BOOTH-AMOS Kawasaki ZX-6R 4.185
9 9 S. JESPERSEN Yamaha YZF R6 31.285
10 99 A. HUERTAS Kawasaki ZX-6R 33.492
11 28 G. VAN STRAALEN Yamaha YZF R6 1'05.418
12 32 O. BAYLISS Ducati Panigale V2 0.421
13 56 P. SEBESTYEN Yamaha YZF R6 0.156
14 62 S. MANZI Triumph Street Triple RS 1'20.668
15 91 L. BERNARDI Ducati Panigale V2 1.549
16 94 A. VERDOIA Yamaha YZF R6 1'30.060
17 24 L. TACCINI Yamaha YZF R6 1'34.243
RET 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1 Lap
RET 25 M. BRENNER Yamaha YZF R6 10 Laps
RET 50 O. VOSTATEK Yamaha YZF R6 12 Laps
RET 92 M. SCHROETTER MV Agusta F3 800 RR 13 Laps
RET 10 U. ORRADRE Yamaha YZF R6 15 Laps
RET 38 H. SOOMER Triumph Street Triple RS  
RET 66 N. TUULI MV Agusta F3 800 RR  
Round Number: 
12
2022
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Comments

Wet wet wet!

Congrats to Kawasaki, Montella & Can Oncu.

Also good to see Bulega put the Ducati on the podium. 

Quite an entertaining race.

I was disappointed when Caricasulo crashed!

Good to see Oli Bayliss on the track. Don't know how much riding in the rain Bayliss has done on this racebike. At least Oli completed all 18 laps. Better than several other riders with more experience in this class.

Balda best of the R6s is a good result.  Give him a wooden medal for 4th.

Stefano Manzi? Didn’t catch my attention during the race. He was the only Triumph to finish the race and did pick up 2 points which is better than nothing. 

At 2 mins you see Manzi down on lap 1, remount and bang his brake lever back down and continue from the back.

No coverage of the crash, but LOW visibility from lots of spray when they are bunched together at start. Scary sketchy, makes me nervous! And I'm a Manzi/Triumph fan.

20 mins ish edited down video of race...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BPwlYEGddhg

Steve, you know what happened to Manzi? Hit/get hit, or go down solo?