2022 Portimao World Supersport FP2 Result: Tuuli Keeps Triples On Top

Niki Tuuli was quickest again on his MV Agusta F3 800, holding off Stefano Manzi on his Triumph Street Triple 765RS once again, keeping both three-cylindered bikes in contention for pole position. Dominique Aegerter was third quickest in a session that improved on this morning'a pace for the top eight riders.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 66 N. TUULI MV Agusta F3 800 RR 1'44.260   267,6
2 62 S. MANZI Triumph Street Triple RS 1'44.330 0.070 270,2
3 77 D. AEGERTER Yamaha YZF R6 1'44.364 0.104 270,2
4 3 R. DE ROSA Ducati Panigale V2 1'44.471 0.211 267,6
5 7 L. BALDASSARRI Yamaha YZF R6 1'44.510 0.250 269,6
6 64 F. CARICASULO Ducati Panigale V2 1'44.521 0.261 270,9
7 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1'44.524 0.264 272,3
8 61 C. ONCU Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'44.676 0.416 272,3
9 11 N. BULEGA Ducati Panigale V2 1'44.947 0.687 277,1
10 28 G. VAN STRAALEN Yamaha YZF R6 1'44.971 0.711 261,7
11 55 Y. MONTELLA Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'45.239 0.979 270,9
12 99 A. HUERTAS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'45.373 1.113 270,2
13 25 M. BRENNER Yamaha YZF R6 1'45.398 1.138 266,2
14 50 O. VOSTATEK Yamaha YZF R6 1'45.615 1.355 268,9
15 52 P. HOBELSBERGER Yamaha YZF R6 1'45.623 1.363 267,6
16 23 I. VINALES Ducati Panigale V2 1'45.624 1.364 272,9
17 38 H. SOOMER Triumph Street Triple RS 1'45.796 1.536 266,9
18 32 O. BAYLISS Ducati Panigale V2 1'45.799 1.539 268,9
19 54 B. SOFUOGLU MV Agusta F3 800 RR 1'45.822 1.562 272,3
20 69 T. BOOTH-AMOS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'46.067 1.807 264,9
21 94 A. VERDOIA Yamaha YZF R6 1'46.127 1.867 264,9
22 56 P. SEBESTYEN Yamaha YZF R6 1'46.182 1.922 267,6
23 22 F. FULIGNI Ducati Panigale V2 1'46.204 1.944 267,6
24 21 B. CURRIE Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'46.230 1.970 266,2
25 6 J. BUIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'46.271 2.011 269,6
26 71 T. EDWARDS Yamaha YZF R6 1'46.301 2.041 269,6
27 9 S. JESPERSEN Yamaha YZF R6 1'46.367 2.107 261,7
28 24 L. TACCINI Yamaha YZF R6 1'46.387 2.127 270,2
29 73 M. KOFLER Ducati Panigale V2 1'46.469 2.209 268,9
31 47 J. GIMBERT Yamaha YZF R6 1'46.946 2.686 269,6
32 19 J. DIAZ CORBELLA Yamaha YZF R6 1'47.152 2.892 268,2
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At last, the triples may be finding a track to shine at?

Fyi, the Triumph is Street Triple in name only. It IS a Daytona. Same chassis. Same everything. Bummer is, via WSS rules, the 765 engine in the Street Triple in is relatively mild tune. Midrange biased top end of motor, lower compression ratios.

Close to the Moto2 limited edition Daytona 765. Just a stock subframe, standard race bodywork for a 675. And detuned motor unfortunately.

They have their own Bitubo suspension. Not the R spec Ohlins/Brembo. Dynavolt Triumph is based in England. 

Manzi has Moto2 experience. VERY similar, the Kalex and this bike, geometry. The Dunlop vs Pirelli tires are quite different. But he seems to be settled in and at home now. 

I'm a fan obviously. Of the new WSS class, Supersports in general, and beating both the Japanese and Ducati from wee Triumph. Until Suzuki GSXR 750 arrives 2023, best watch that - cheapest overdog in the formula.

There have been surprisingly few rpm adjustments this yr! The 600cc 4's got lots of help. Not just rulebook, the R6 has both Ten Kate and GYTR development. The huge Duc twins didn't need restricting. The triples HAVE been the ones down a bit (Triumph's top end is mild kit)...until today. Exciting.


^ Isn't it interesting that it is circling back to the old WSBK formula?

The "Middleweight" Ducati 950cc Twin. GSXR 750 4cyl. But LIGHTER and better handling now, and electric rider aides. 

Like a natural "reset" back towards a balance point. There is a sweet spot of weight and horsepower for both enjoying track riding and the racing. 

Even WITHIN the class...why run a Kawasaki 600 with that expensive kit when you can run a Suzuki 750? Why struggle on a Ducati lacking top end on straights? (For me, why run a Duc EVER). The 750 4 was homologated last minute and quietly too late to enter 2022. If you were a small independent Team, wouldn't you? Suzuki has always been VERY generous to/easy for privateers. The R6 has lots avail top shelf race kit. But it isn't cheap to run. 

MotoE? Nope. Seeing the nature of what WANTS to be raced on these tracks by actual humans. And it is these WSSports.

Are you wondering how long Honda can wait this out? They have several popular street bikes based on their CBR650 inline 4. If they do a nice WSBK inspired RR chassis, even a retro half fairing/round headlight hipster thing w upright bars and rubber footpegs...we can see a bike go into production that pops in the side door like Triumph did. "CB7" ?

(Soapbox shelved, back to work. Cheers Larry!)

The Street Triple 765RS is without a shadow of doubt a Street Triple. The engine is not detuned. I will be writing more on this shortly, but I can assure you it's not a Daytona. 

Looking fwd to you writing something up Jared. Curious what might be explored re this class. Feel free to grab anything from my posts and use it for fodder. 


Motorcycling Australia has annouced a new class for 2023; SuperTwins.

Yamaha 700, Kawasaki 650 ninny, Aprilia 660, Slowzuki sv650. No GSXRRRRR 750 RRRR talk like a pirate special.

No eligible Triples and no Ducati twins. Therefore not compatible with the rest of the world. Wasted opportunity.

That won't help Oz's next Ben Currie or Tommy "gun" Edwards.


Philip Island next weekend, feel free to drop in at my place on your way.

^ Apical Steve! Howdy.

Supertwins is good fun! That was my old class. The Aprilia is BY FAR the best. Perhaps the only "real sportbike" out there, after a basic stiffen/dampen of suspension of course.

Enjoy P.I.! (Thanks for the dirtbike advice). Your Jack Miller is on a TEAR and likely a podium next Round, eh?

Not exactly the most exciting line up of bikes is it? And who is it appealing to? Talented young kids need to get off the Superstock 300’s and onto a proper sportsbike, something with some tuneability and good geometry, ASAP, not faff around for another year or two on an SV650.

I get the cheap fun thing, but that’s club racing, not a Nationals class.

On a slight tangent, and no Panigale fan here, but I was hoping when Ducati hiked the capacity of the Pani 899 to 959 (955cc) they were making room for a 750cc Superquadro twin to have a red-hot crack at Supersport again. A short stroke twin revving to 14krpm is a sound we just don’t hear these days.(insert heavy sigh here)