2018 Motorland Aragon World Supersport Race Results: Great Starts

Sixteen laps around the five kilometre track of Motorland Aragon, with Yamahas having a clear advantage, World Supersport took place under a clear day with none of the weather issues of Friday.

Raffaele De Rosa got an exceptional start from the second row, charging his MV Agusta past the three Yamahas on the front row to take the lead ahead of an equally quick Jules Cluzel. Lucas Mahias, Sandro Cortese and Federico Caricasulo followed the second row hares throughout most of the first lap.

At the entrance to the long straight, on the exit to the turn fourteen and fifteen chicane, Jules Cluzel overtook Raffaele De Rosa at the start of the straight, Federico Caricasulo passed into turn 16, while Lucas Mahias and Sandro Cortese got past him around turn seventeen, the second half of the two-corner last corner. De Rosa started lap two in fifth place. 

On lap two, Randy Krummenacher, after a poor start, set the fastest lap behind sixth-placed Sheridan Morais. Krummenacher then dropped his bike on lap four, picked it up and recovered in twenty-sixth place. Meanwhile, Cortese and Caricasulo swapped back and forth, fighting over second place while Mahias did the same with De Rosa.

Jules Cluzel maintained the lead until midway through lap seven, when Sandro Cortese cleanly passed him and tried to escape at the front. A lap later, De Rosa's MV Agusta amongst the Yamahas run came to an end when his bike let the magic go-fast smoke escape from the engine and he coasted off the track, ending his weekend.

Federico Caricasulo climbed to second place and set the fastest lap on lap nine and Sandro Cortese set the fastest lap on lap ten, trying to escape the Italian behind him. As Cortese upped the pace, Caricasulo followed him and the pair started to ease away from Jules Cluzel and Lucas Mahias. 

On lap thirteen, Caricasulo tried to take the lead into turn one, but Cortese held on. A turn later, though, Caricasulo got past cleanly but Cortese remained glued to his tail until the straight where Cortese was close enough to slipstream past Caricasulo and take the lead back before the last corners. Caricasulo tried once more to pass at turn one, but Cortese had more grip left, held the lead and started to eke out a gap at the front. 

Jules Cluzel caught up with the flagging Caricasulo, but couldn't make any of his passing attempts work.

Sandro Cortese won his first race in World Supersport and his first win in five years in any class, and as the German national anthem rung out, everyone who doesn't follow MotoGP cried out "wait, he's not Italian?" in unison.

Federico Caricasulo and Jules Cluzel made up the remainder of the podium with Lucas Mahias a couple of seconds behind, his tyres not letting him keep up with the fight five laps from the end. Randy Krummenacher took advantage of a quick pace and other riders dropping out, to climb up to eleventh place and recover four points from a disastrous race. 

Mahias leads Cortese in the championship with Krummenacher's four points keeping him ahead of fourth-placed Caricasulo. 



Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R6  
2 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1.426
3 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1.639
4 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 5.533
5 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 14.201
6 81 L. STAPLEFORD Triumph Daytona 675 14.610
7 32 S. MORAIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 14.771
8 66 N. TUULI Honda CBR600RR 18.507
9 13 A. WEST Kawasaki ZX-6R 18.590
10 47 R. HARTOG Kawasaki ZX-6R 20.108
11 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 21.180
12 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.382 279,1
13 22 E. LAHTI Suzuki GSX-R600 37.478
14 65 M. CANDUCCI Kawasaki ZX-6R 37.979
15 35 S. HILL Triumph Daytona 675 45.001
16 6 C. PEROLARI Yamaha YZF R6 48.060
17 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 48.679
18 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 48.789
19 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Honda CBR600RR 49.120
20 96 A. IRWIN Honda CBR600RR 49.372
21 56 P. SEBESTYEN Kawasaki ZX-6R 50.618
22 77 W. TESSELS Kawasaki ZX-6R 58.624
23 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 1'07.635
24 83 L. EPIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'10.929
RET 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 5 Laps
RET 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 9 Laps
RET 86 A. BADOVINI MV Agusta F3 675 9 Laps
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Anyone who has watched GP racing in the last 10 years? Seriously Cortese has been in world championship racing for over 10 years and you didn't know he's German?

David Emmett Tweeted " Supersport 300 is mental. Wonderful racing." & then "Also, feeling sorry for @SteveEnglishGP and @TomBrooksComms having to pronounce all those Dutch names. Doing a great job of it, though! " So it seems that D.E. follows the supersport300s.

Whether David would have time to write an extra peice every WSBK wekend in Europe is another motomatter.

You can get the results from http://www.worldsbk.com/

or race result from the only race so far;


THe Nederlands seems to be the passport to have in 300supersport in 2018. Four Ned. riders in the top seven across the line. Five in the top eleven finishers. KOEN MEUFFELS won the first race/round. SCOTT DEROUE second. I think Scott Deroue was the man to beat last year. Though I don't think it was the same championship in 2017,

I don't have time to cover SSP300 because it's on while I'm writing about World Superbike. I usually try to catch the end though, because it's great entertainment.

I’m one of those who knew Cortese was German ... but I wouldn’t recognize the German or Italian anthems. I know American, Canadian, British and French, and that’s probably 3 more than most of my countrymen know.