Galang Hendra Pratama keeps doing something different from the rest of the field. The Indonesian dominated last June’s Brno Round from FP1 to Race and it looks like he’s doing the same at Misano, where he scored another pole position after being first in Free Practice sessions.
Pratama ruled in Superpole 2 since the very beginning, when he took first place with a lap in 1’51.826. The BIBLION MotoXRacing Yamaha rider then improved till reaching 1’51.282 and the lap after he definitely secured pole position with a time of 1’50.517. This way Pratama replied to the assault of Scott Deroue, who had temporarily stolen first place, and it’s always the Dutchman who unsuccessfully tried to beat Pratama when the chequered flag went out.
Pratama will start from pole position after beating by 3 tenths of a second Scott Deroue (1’50.861, Motoport Kawasaki) and comeback Mika Pérez (1’50.905, ParkinGO Kawasaki). The Spaniard is back to business after Brno injury and finally he grabbed first row by defeating Dorren Loureiro (Kawasaki DS Junior Team). The South African will instead open second row ahead of Manuel González (Yamaha MS Racing) and wildcard Thomas Brianti, first Italian in the standings on Team Runner Bike KTM.
Other home hero Luca Bernardi will start from third row in front of Dani Valle and Nick Kalinin, while in fourth row Kevin Sabatucci and Omar Bonoli will close Dutch Koen Meuffels in an Italian sandwich.
Huge dosis of bad luck affected the Superpole 1 of María Herrera: the Spaniard was going to get Superpole 2 access, but late crash prevented her from beating Kalinin and Pérez. Important names of SSP300 are from 17th to 20th place, as championship leader Ana Carrasco had a disappointing day as also Luca Grünwald, Glenn van Straalen and Borja Sánchez did.
In conclusion, we remark that former CEV Moto3 contestant Maximilian Kappler was taken to Medical Centre after suffering a bad last-corner crash during Superpole 1.
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