At Brno Yamaha scored its first pole position in 2018 World Supersport 300 thanks to Galang Hendra Pratama.
After being the fastest in both FP1 and FP2, Pratama ruled also in Superpole 2: in the early stages he took the lead with a lap in 2’18.250 and later he managed to improve till riding in 2’17.396, time unreachable for all the rest. Scott Deroue tried to beat Pratama, but finally he remained at three tenths from the Indonesian (2’17.704).
What about Ana Carrasco? The Spanish rider, who dominated both Imola and Donington Park rounds, seemed to be the main opponent of Pratama, but a technical issue forced her to stop at Turn 12 during the final minutes and so she had to content with 3rd place, half a second off the poleman (2’17.991). In any case Carrasco won’t have it easy at the race, where she’ll have to fight with Pratama and some other strong guys.
Despite being almost one second far from Pratama, also Walid Khan can dream of an important result. The ex-Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Dutchman was very fast in some sectors, but never during the same lap, and finally he will start 4th in front of Manuel González and Dorren Loureiro. “Doz”, who passed Superpole 1 together with Jan-Ole Jähnig, was followed by Nick Kalinin KTM Fortron Racing duo Glenn van Straalen–Koen Meuffels, while the fourth row will host Jähnig, Luca Grünwald and wild card Andy Verdoia.
Something more to be remarked is the crash which involved Paolo Grassia and Mika Pérez in SP1, following which the Spaniard was take to Medical Centre. 17th place for María Herrera, while Czech girl Alexandra Pelikanova ranked 39th behind also other local wildcards Roman Kucera and Vojtech Schwarz (Schwarz uninjured after crashing in SP1).
Photo Credit: Yamaha Racing