Supersport Donington, FP1-FP2: Federico Caricasulo sets the pace

At Donington Park we saw a Supersport FP1 affected by rain (and led by Lucas Mahias), but the second session took place on an almost completely dry track and so laptime were faster and faster. The session was made exciting by the battle involving Lucas MahiasFederico Caricasulo and Jules Cluzel.

The three Yamaha riders fought for first position till the end: at the beginning Cluzel went first with a lap 1’33.241, but halfway the session Mahias went first (1’32.882). With 15 minutes to go we saw the rise of Caricasulo, who stormed to first by performing a lap in 1’32.830, later lowered till 1’32.666. Just few minutes before the chequered flag Mahias went back to first place (1’32.309), but some moments later Cluzel passed him (1’31.901 and then 1’31.615). “Julo” seemed to have secured first place, but at the end of the session Caricasulo went first with 1’31.587 and this laptime gave him first position in both FP2 and Friday standings.

“Carica” ranked first after beating Mahias (1’31.606) and Cluzel (1’36.615) by just 19 and 28 milliseconds. Behind them, Sandro Cortese was fourth, followed by championship leader Randy Krummenacher. Sixth and seventh place for MV Agusta Reparto Corse by Vamag’s Raffaele De Rosa and Ayrton Badovini, with the latter having a small crash at Redgate (maybe due to a technical problem). The last riders going straight to Superpole 2 are Andrew IrwinSheridan Morais and Luke Stapleford, who ranked eighth, ninth and tenth. Remarkable performance by Irwin, constantly improving in the last few rounds.

After being one of the fastest in wet FP1, Anthony West finished FP2 just in 15th place and so he will have to contest Superpole 1 together with riders such as Rob Hartog (12th and first ESS rider), Ryan Vickers (18th) and Eemeli Lahti (25th). The latter, only Suzuki rider racing in SSP, escaped unhurt from a huge highside at Hollywood.


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