Supersport 300 Aragon, Race: Koen Meuffels takes a crazy win

At the start of its second season the World Supersport 300 Championship provided once again an exciting race rich in overtakes, as usual in this category, and even 9 riders fought for the win till the end. Finally the win went to the rookie Koen Meuffels, who gave KTM lits first win in WorldSSP300. At the last lap the 24-year-old Dutchman overtook Mika Pérez and Scott Deroue on the long straight of Motorland Aragon and then he defended the lead from Scott Deroue’s attack. Deroue and Pérez crossed the line in second and third place, while Ana Carrasco ranked sixth after being also able to lead the race for some laps.

BIG FIGHT – At the beginning the front group was composed of seven Kawasakis (Dorren Loureiro, Mika Pérez, Scott Deroue, Robert Schotman, Ana Carrasco, Mykyta Kalinin and Tom Edwards) and three KTMs (Koen Meuffels, Glenn van Straalen and Luca Grünwald), and the classification changed every lap as usual in Supersport 300. Later the group lost Grünwald (who had to slow down after a mistake) and so the riders fighting for the win were nine, with especially Meuffels, Edwards, Deroue, Pérez and Carrasco who alternated in first position. The young woman from Murcia exchanged first and second position with Meuffels many times, but at the last lap a little technical issue made her lose positions and finally she ranked sixth.

WINNING ROOKIE – While Carrasco fought with Kalinin, Schotman e Loureiro, Pérez and Deroue took the lead and overtook each other quite often, but on the long, characteristic straight of Motorland Aragon Meuffels took his KTM RC390R to the lead thanks to the slipstream and then he contrasted Deroue’s final attack and defeated him by just 31 milliseconds. This way Meuffels took his first victory in WorldSSP300 at his very first race in this championship and this represents also the first victory for both KTM and  KTM Fortron Racing Team, owned by the ex-rider Arie Vos.

THE REST – Behind Meuffels, Pérez e Deroue, Mykyta Kalinin finished fourth followed by Robert Schotman, Ana Carrasco, Glenn van Straalen and Dorren Loureiro, while Luca Grünwald took a lonely 9th place and Borja Sánchez won the fight for 10th position against seven riders. Pity for the Australian Tom Edwards, who crashed in the second half of the race while he was fighting for the win.

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