The final practice and Superpole making up round eight of the Supersport world championship played out today at the Donington Park circuit in the UK.
Yesterday, the two Bardahl Evan Bros. riders, Italian Federico Caricasulo and Swiss Randy Krummenacher, concluded the practice sessions in fifth and second position respectively. This morning, the pair returned to a rain-soaked track for the final practice. In the wet conditions, no one was able to improve on their times and, as a result, Krummenacher and Caricasulo retained the positions they held yesterday in the combined classification following the three sessions.
The Superpole took place in the late morning, the session serving to establish grid positions for tomorrow’s race. The track was dry at first, allowing riders to complete a few laps before rain returned. Caricasulo made the most of the dry track time, scoring pole position with a fastest time of 1’31”092. This is the Italian rider’s second pole of the season, following that of Phillip Island. Krummenacher was unlucky in that he waited for a free track before increasing his pace, but rain then hindered his progress. With a time of 1’32”434 Randy finished eleventh.
Caricasulo will line up on the front row of the grid and Krummenacher from the fourth for tomorrow’s 20-lap race.
Donington Park – UK - Supersport 600 world championship
Combined free practice results: 1) Cluzel (Yamaha) – 2) Krummenacher (Yamaha) – 3) Soomer (Honda) – 4) Mahias (Kawasaki) – 5) Caricasulo (Yamaha) – 6) De Rosa (MV Agusta)
Superpole: 1) Caricasulo (Yamaha) – 2) Mahias (Kawasaki - 3) De Rosa (MV Agusta) – 4) Cluzel (Yamaha) - 5) Jones (Yamaha) – 6) Badovini (Yamaha)......11) Krummenacher (Yamaha)
Randy Krummenacher: “I waited a while for the track to free up in front of me but unfortunately rain ruined my plans. Even if I’m starting from the fourth row, my race definitely isn’t compromised. I’ll have to make some additional passes in the opening stages but it won’t be the first time. I’m confident because my bike is very fast and I have good pace in both the wet and the dry. Thanks to my team for their great work”.
Federico Caricasulo: “It was a very strange Superpole. I realised it might rain so I pushed straight away to set my fast time. I’m only sorry I couldn’t complete more laps, because we’ve changed many things on the bike compared to yesterday and I would have liked to try them today. We’ll have to do that tomorrow in warm-up. I hope we have a dry race, but we’re ready if things turn out to be wet. Thanks to my technicians for their great support”.