2021 Aragon World Supersport FP1 Result: Tuuli Quickest On Lone MV Agusta

Nikki Tuuli, the lone MV Agusta on the grid, set the quickest time ahead of the Yahama of Steven Odendaal and the Kawasaki of Philipp Oettl. Jules Cluzel was fourth quickest, ahead of five other Yamahas. With the MV Agusta the only triple-cylinder machine on the grid, until the proposed changes next year bring Triumph triples and Ducati twins to the battle, this might be its last year to leave its mark on the championship.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 66 N. TUULI MV Agusta F3 675 1'54.394   264,7
2 4 S. ODENDAAL Yamaha YZF R6 1'54.467 0.073 272,0
3 5 P. OETTL Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'54.828 0.434 268,0
4 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.047 0.653 268,7
5 94 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.081 0.687 264,1
6 77 D. AEGERTER Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.330 0.936 262,8
7 71 C. BERGMAN Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.475 1.081 265,4
8 70 M. ALCOBA Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.528 1.134 264,7
9 38 H. SOOMER Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.569 1.175 263,4
10 3 R. DE ROSA Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'55.673 1.279 268,7
11 23 D. PIZZOLI Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.855 1.461 262,8
12 22 F. FULIGNI Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.999 1.605 266,0
13 95 V. TAKALA Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.303 1.909 264,1
14 81 M. GONZALEZ Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.385 1.991 270,0
15 29 L. BERNARDI Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.426 2.032 266,7
16 34 K. MANFREDI Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.712 2.318 259,6
17 6 M. HERRERA Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.795 2.401 263,4
18 2 L. MONTELLA Yamaha YZF R6 1'57.085 2.691 267,3
19 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 1'57.145 2.751 256,5
20 61 C. ONCU Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'57.331 2.937 267,3
21 84 M. FABRIZIO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'57.593 3.199 262,8
22 99 D. WEBB Yamaha YZF R6 1'58.059 3.665 260,2
23 19 P. SZKOPEK Yamaha YZF R6 1'58.146 3.752 257,8
24 42 S. FROSSARD Yamaha YZF R6 1'58.223 3.829 262,1
25 55 G. HENDRA PRATAMA Yamaha YZF R6 1'58.323 3.929 264,1
26 24 L. TACCINI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'59.621 5.227 265,4
27 45 S. KAWASAKI Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'02.053 7.659 260,9
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Like the potential introduction of the Panigale 959 and Street Triple 765 next year? Yes, please.

Agreed. It is happening evidently. 

BSB 765 Triple Triumph now, WSS to follow. It is not even a homologated bike. The Ducati twin is being encouraged. Other more diverse bike formulas may follow. Unfortunately Yamaha's R7 just unveiled and it is an improved and faired MT07 and a notch back from the Aprilia RS660 for that class, not here. Not an affront to humanity like the "CBR"500 and 650, but zero threat to the lighter and more powerful/agile RS660. Just today in the USA FP of Lightweight Twins the Aprilia is already kicking the shite out of the other bikes. It could be seen as a harbinger of good change, it was last yr's most anticipated "new formula" bike. It comes in just under and behind the previous era's Supersports in performance. It is expensive for a street bike but cheap to race. It revitalizes a class. It is designed to have it's intermediate street suspension thrown in the trash, then be race ready. Along with the Triumph Street Triple Supersport arrival, we have our crystal ball.

MVAgusta already has an 800cc Triple, they would have an easy time releasing an engine package for race teams to optimize the new rule change utilizing that head. Again, new important thing, the bike doesn't have to exist! 

Fingers crossed. No crystal ball indications, but a hunch says Honda is ready to do something new into the vacuum left where the CBR600 was. An engine good in other platforms. Hope is for more Triples. Zero breadcrumbs yet. But the plan to have the Triumph out next year even though it doesn't exist in production is an interesting development indeed.

Suzuki is a curious manu re WSS. Is it tempting to get a next era bike together? Like Aprilia just did to Lightweights and a segment appealing to buyers. 950cc version of their Twin into the GSXR600 chassis, throwaway street suspension? Beat the Ducati "Supersport 950" (that oddly lines up against...the RS660?!) for sales to consumers via cost AND performance. Low development cost floor is possible here. But via new rules, have it race in Supersport with real top ends on them in a non Euro 5 race package. No lights, less money. Don't even try to have a street bike to challenge the middleweight Panigale if it isn't in consumer demand. Change is afoot, can you see this unprecedented thing arising?

This is my very favorite catagory of bike. Moreso as the Superbikes have moved into lots of electronics and over 200 horsepower. There is a sweet spot around 140 to 160 horsepower in a sweet crisp handling chassis that forever holds my heart. 

The old formula Lightweight Twins were/are crap to race. The chassis was not a sport bike. The old formula Supersports have been FANTASTIC on track. Consumers abandoned that. Superbikes got so bloody powerful that they have left the realm of riding full out in anger for most. The new rules towards diverse and unhomologated Supersport bikes are HERE. Listen closely and you can hear the bikes coming.