Ana Carrasco finished both Friday Free Practice sessions in first place. The strong Spanish girl led the way in both FP1 and FP2 and the lap in 2’07.941 she performed in the second session gave her the first place in Friday combined classification. The girl from murcia is boosted by the amazing performances at Aragon and Assen, where she fought for the win, and she’s willing to score his second win in WorldSSP300 at the “Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari” track.
Behind Carrasco, second place went to Scott Deroue (2’08.231). The Dutch rider leads the championship with 36 points after being on the podium in both the first two races and he seems to have forgotten the tough weekend he had at Imola one year ago. Deroue aims for consolidating his leading position, but he will have hard times: his main opponents in the champioship (Luca Grünwald and Glenn van Straalen) are struggling and will have to contest Superpole 1, but there are many other riders who could bother him.
In addition to Deroue and Carrasco, also Italian Manuel Bastianelli performed very well in FPs. The ex-WorldSSP300 (currently 2nd in italian Championship) is at Imola as a wildcard rider and he was third in overall classification with a lap in 2’08.582, performed in FP1. Another home hero who shone bright today is Kevin Sabatucci. The Italian Championship leader ranked seventh and so he achieved the direct access to Superpole 2 at his first weekend in World Championship.
Fourth place for Borja Sánchez, followed by Robert Schotman, Nick Kalinin, above-mentioned Sabatucci, Galang Hendra Pratama, Enzo De La Vega and Ali Adrian Rusmiputro. The latter closes top 10 and the list of who goes straight to Superpole 2.
Among those who didn’t make it to top 10 there are many important names of the championship such as Dorren Loureiro (14th), Mika Pérez (15th after a small crash in FP2), María Herrera (16th), Assen winner Luca Grünwald (17th), Dani Valle (18th), Aragon winner Koen Meuffels (25th) and Glenn van Straalen (26th).