A further rule change stormed into World Supersport 300 at Brno, since now the minimum weight limits are based on the combined rider + bike weight. The limits have been changed as follows: 205 kg for Yamaha, 208 kg for KTM and 215 kg for Kawasaki and Honda.
The change seems to work, since Friday standings saw 3 Yamahas, 4 Kawasakis and 3 KTM in top 10. The fastest rider in both FP1 and FP2 was Galang Hendra Pratama. The Indonesian MotoXRacing Yamaha rider, at his very first weekend at Brno, performed ad outstanding lap in 2’18.041 during FP1 and so he could distance Scott Deroue (Motoport Kawasaki, ex-MTM Racing) by three tenths and Luca Grünwald (KTM Freudenberg) by seven. We hadn’t seen three manufacturers in the first three places for a long time and this makes look at the remainder of the weekend with some optimism, for what concerns the show.
The top trio was followed in the classification by Yamaha MS Racing’s Manuel González. The 15-year-old 2017 European Talent Cup Champion ranked fourth ahead of Nick Kalinin (Kawasaki GP Project, back after Imola injury) and KTM Fortron duo Koen Meuffels (Aragon Round winner) and Glenn van Straalen. Ninth place for Ana Carrasco, following wild card Andy Verdoia and followed by ex-Red Bull Rookies Cup Walid Khan. The ex-Red Bull Rookies Cup Dutchman closed the top 10 and the list of the riders going straight to Superpole 2.
Among the riders forced to contest Superpole 1 we see many important names such as Enzo De La Vega, Dorren Loureiro (2nd at Donington), Borja Sánchez (on the podium at both Imola and Donington) and María Herrera. More behind in the classification, good performance from wild card Alexandra Pelikanova: the young Czech girl was within 107% limit in FP2 and this means that she has already achieved her goal for this weekend: to qualify for the race.
Photo Credit: Yamaha Racing