2022 Estoril World Supersport FP1 Result: Baldassarri Leads Yamaha Charge

Lorenzo Baldassarri led Dominique Aegerter and race winner Andy Verdoia in the morning's session, locking out the top three spots with Yamahas. Federico Caricasulo's Ducati was fourth quickest.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 7 L. BALDASSARRI Yamaha YZF R6 1'40.361   282,7
2 77 D. AEGERTER Yamaha YZF R6 1'40.433 0.072 280,5
3 94 A. VERDOIA Yamaha YZF R6 1'40.842 0.481 276,9
4 64 F. CARICASULO Ducati Panigale V2 1'40.958 0.597 279,1
5 61 C. ONCU Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'40.963 0.602 280,5
6 55 Y. MONTELLA Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'41.201 0.840 281,3
7 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1'41.277 0.916 276,2
8 10 U. ORRADRE Yamaha YZF R6 1'41.589 1.228 275,5
9 11 N. BULEGA Ducati Panigale V2 1'41.635 1.274 282,7
10 38 H. SOOMER Triumph Street Triple RS 1'41.663 1.302 278,4
11 28 G. VAN STRAALEN Yamaha YZF R6 1'41.670 1.309 278,4
12 50 O. VOSTATEK Yamaha YZF R6 1'41.694 1.333 282,7
13 66 N. TUULI MV Agusta F3 800 RR 1'41.745 1.384 274,8
14 99 A. HUERTAS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'41.784 1.423 282,7
15 62 S. MANZI Triumph Street Triple RS 1'41.954 1.593 273,4
16 56 P. SEBESTYEN Yamaha YZF R6 1'41.965 1.604 280,5
17 3 R. DE ROSA Ducati Panigale V2 1'42.034 1.673 273,4
18 17 K. SMITH Yamaha YZF R6 1'42.241 1.880 274,1
19 25 M. BRENNER Yamaha YZF R6 1'42.254 1.893 276,9
20 69 T. BOOTH-AMOS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'42.398 2.037 275,5
21 24 L. TACCINI Yamaha YZF R6 1'42.490 2.129 279,8
22 71 T. EDWARDS Yamaha YZF R6 1'42.619 2.258 282,7
23 21 B. CURRIE Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'42.952 2.591 276,2
24 13 L. OTTAVIANI Yamaha YZF R6 1'42.958 2.597 280,5
25 12 F. FULIGNI Ducati Panigale V2 1'42.996 2.635 276,2
26 22 F. FULIGNI Ducati Panigale V2 1'43.140 2.779 275,5
27 32 O. BAYLISS Ducati Panigale V2 1'43.144 2.783 279,1
28 36 S. KROEZE Yamaha YZF R6 1'43.191 2.830 274,1
29 54 B. SOFUOGLU MV Agusta F3 800 RR 1'43.252 2.891 278,4
30 73 M. KOFLER Ducati Panigale V2 1'43.855 3.494 279,8
31 6 J. BUIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'44.175 3.814 277,6
32 52 P. HOBELSBERGER Yamaha YZF R6 1'45.774 5.413 275,5
Round Number: 
3
2022
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OK bike fans, this kitchen sink bike class is paving the future. Current thoughts?

1) I was completely wrong that the 600 4's were going to get badly beaten. Why? Engine spec primarily. The top end etc is quite nice now, like a jump to Superbike spec. Ok, got it.

2) The more I Iook, the more I like the MV Agusta 800cc. 150hp, triple motor, light, great kit, BEAUTIFUL. This is my Superbike. Yep, around 2001 an R1 had similar power. My desire for more isn't power, electronics etc. It is weight and handling. Am I old? Yes. Apologetic? No. Sweet spot. 

3) Kawasaki is coming out w a 2023 ZX7R. It is a confusing bike! How? Apparently an inline 4, as opposed to the Twins like the Aprilia or Yamaha. But the horsepower as best I see pre launch is very low...not a Supersport contender, but a Twins one. 100HP? Basically beating the R7 and RS660, but unable to race there? Either it is a "636" cheater displacement step fwd for Supersport and I have the power output misinformed (even this would be an odd thing), or it is a bike without class nor purpose. For 2022 Kawi updated the ZX636 a bit. Since the R6 is a track only offering now, the ZX6 is really the last one still racing while the GSXR600 is still (barely) sold for street bikes but rarely raced. Kawi HAS done some really odd stuff like make a 4 cyl 250 "ZX25RR" not long ago. Now I see reports that there is a 4 cyl ZX4RR coming in Fall. I don't think we can expect normal for a bit in the Supersport segment. Weird, staying tuned. Know anything about the 2023 ZX7? Is it actually a parallel Twin and the source I have saying it is an inline 4 wrong? Finding stuff from India and SE Asia I can't decipher. Poor info abounds.

4) KTM have their new limited addition track only 890cc Twin bike out. REALLY light. Where is it going to go? What is the racing end game? Like Triumph's sneaky Daytona 765 limited edition bike being passed off and homogated as a Street Triple, is there a sneaky "Duke 890" Supersport coming? Not likely since they share NOTHING but the engine. Or do you see something else here I don't? Once in a while a manufacturer comes out w a bike that gets its own Spec class. Like the old RS250 Aprilia Cup. Or a few others, brief as they were. Cheap low spec easy entry same performance bike. Is a R8 Cup coming? (And hey, R9 isn't it?). 

5) How long is Honda going to sit both Twins and Supersport out? Is there anything in the pipeline? They can if they want. The organizers are making the Supersport class really accessible. If Triumph can, you can too. Suzuki, you could but aren't so likely. Honda though, put on your racing pants and do it. As we all recall you compete with a 1000cc Duc Twin. If Mr Soichiro Honda was still alive you'd have to. Heck, even the generation after him had to race. There is a 2022 CBR650R Inline 4 that I find best for urinating upon in parking lots. For more extensive in depth reviews, I will be urinating on the new R7 next week.

6) What's on YOUR mind here bike and Supersport fans? Forgive me if I repost this again later, guessing no one looks at FP1 stuff. 

Cheers!

Current thoughts: World Supersport is Daytona Sport Bike. Kind of unbelievable that fans in the US would shoot themselves in the foot and walk away from AMA because DMG were a decade ahead of their time.

1) There are too many teams running 600s for Dorna to screw this up. They aren’t running these things a 150hp anymore so the rest of the field must be heavily choked.

2) The F3 is a sonorous edition to the paddock. Nice noise, but they need to get the race bike handling sorted.

3) We might not be getting info about the new supersport bikes because they don’t want to give away the purpose of the new formula. Could be wrong, but they are going back to 750cc vs. 1000cc. If that’s the case, the new Japanese supersports will be 3 or 4 cylinder, and 100hp might be for emissions. Makes most sense to lop one cylinder from a superbike engine, but maybe they are turning up the WSS wick more than we think………

4) KTM probably want to get involved. Not sure if 890cc will be enough. Depends on the future of the evo rules and when it will change.

5). Honda will make something new. I get the feeling it will be a 3-cylinder. If they can’t make a V again, why get carried away? Keep it cheap. Tempted to say Yamaha will do the same, but maybe it will be a baby R1. Suzuki looking smart ATM for never ditching the 750!

6) Long term, MotoGP and WSBK cannot be parked on the same concept. Both series are 4-cylinder 1000cc machines. The sanctioning principle is different, but the eye doesn’t really notice. It is possible that WSS Evo will become Superbike. MotoGP will own the 1000cc displacement. Not sure what happens after that. Maybe MotoGP switches to track-only production bikes like Desmosedici RR or the Honda GP clone?Maybe the series merge? No idea, but, if something major is in the works, it explains why they keep kicking the can down the road with 81mm 1000cc formula.