2022 Donington World Supersport Race Result: Incidents, Flags And Crashes

World Supersport race one opened with an aborted start followed by a red flag. Unai Orradre's visor fogged up so he raised his hands on the grid at the start of the race, the start was aborted and Orradre was handed a back of grid penalty and the race was reduced to eighteen laps. In the restarted race, Orradre's day got worse as his engine let go, dumping fluid on the track. Peter Sebestyen hit the oil at Craner Curves, crashing in the middle of the pack and Orradre crashed a turn later, at the Old Hairpin. The red flags came out and everyone headed back to their garages. The restarted race would be twelve laps once they'd cleaned up the track. Federico Fuligni and Isaac Vinales started from the back of the grid after missing the sighting lap. 

Dominique Aegerter led into turn one, ahead of Can Oncu, Nicolo Bulega and Glenn van Straalen. Oncu took the lead before the couple's series of turns at the end and held it over the line as he ran away with Aegerter and Bulega o=t on his tail. Bulega passed Aegerter in the first few turns and Baldassarri followed a few turns later. At the Melbourne Hairpin, Baldassarri passed everyone as Bulega tried to hold the lead. Bulega crashed out mid-corner, ending his race. 

At the end of lap four, Jules Cluzel in fifth place clipped Yari Montella's rear tyre at the Melbourne Hairpin and dropped back to seventh place. A lap later, Cluzel high sided on the straight, putting the power down out of the last corner and getting thrown off the bike, his bike then hitting him. He was stretchered off the track and his bike was removed before the pack completed the lap and he was taken to the medical centre.

Lorenzo Baldassarri set the fastest lap only for Aegerter behind him to beat it with a 1'31.237. Baldassarri and Aegerter led by almost two seconds over Yari Montella and Can Oncu with seven of twelve laps completed. 

On lap nine, Federico Caricasulo crashed out of seventh place, reducing the second group fighting for third place to four riders, Yari Montella, Raffaele De Rosa, Can Oncu and Glenn van Straalen. At two thirds race distance, Aegerter took the lead in the twisty corners at the end, ensuring he would be declared the winner if there were any more shenanigans. With three laps remaining, Can Oncu dropped off the fight for third place, leaving Montella, De Rosa and van Straalen to fight over the last step of the podium.

De Rosa took control at the Melbourne Hairpin on lap ten and started building a gap as Montella and van Straalen duelled behind him. Lorenzo Baldassarri in second place set the fastest lap on lap eleven, a 1'30.629. Glenn van Straalen crashed out at the exit of the Esses as Dominique Aegerter notched up another victory, ahead of Lorenzo Baldassarri and Raffaele De Rosa with Yari Montella missing out on the podium. Can Oncu took fifth place in his first visit to Donington, ahead of the Triumphs of Stefano Manzi and Hannes Soomer. 

Aegerter's victory, his eighth out of the nine races this year, extended his lead to fifty nine points over Lorenzo Baldassarri. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 77 D. AEGERTER Yamaha YZF R6  
2 7 L. BALDASSARRI Yamaha YZF R6 0.413
3 3 R. DE ROSA Ducati Panigale V2 6.390
4 55 Y. MONTELLA Kawasaki ZX-6R 0.160
5 61 C. ONCU Kawasaki ZX-6R 6.479
6 62 S. MANZI Triumph Street Triple RS 15.706
7 38 H. SOOMER Triumph Street Triple RS 16.925
8 94 A. VERDOIA Yamaha YZF R6 17.998
9 9 S. JESPERSEN Ducati Panigale V2 0.336
10 25 M. BRENNER Yamaha YZF R6 19.208
11 32 O. BAYLISS Ducati Panigale V2 0.198
12 27 M. CASADEI MV Agusta F3 800 RR 20.410
13 24 L. TACCINI Yamaha YZF R6 20.777
14 17 K. SMITH Yamaha YZF R6 22.585
15 54 B. SOFUOGLU MV Agusta F3 800 RR 28.780
16 69 T. BOOTH-AMOS Kawasaki ZX-6R 0.543
17 50 O. VOSTATEK Yamaha YZF R6 29.643
18 99 A. HUERTAS Kawasaki ZX-6R 32.049
19 73 M. KOFLER Ducati Panigale V2 0.039
20 23 I. VINALES Ducati Panigale V2 0.267
21 6 J. BUIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 5.420
22 22 F. FULIGNI Ducati Panigale V2 0.164
23 36 S. KROEZE Yamaha YZF R6 43.731
RET 28 G. VAN STRAALEN Yamaha YZF R6 1 Lap
RET 21 B. CURRIE Kawasaki ZX-6R 2 Laps
RET 64 F. CARICASULO Ducati Panigale V2 5 Laps
RET 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 8 Laps
RET 11 N. BULEGA Ducati Panigale V2 11 Laps
RET 10 U. ORRADRE Yamaha YZF R6  
RET 56 P. SEBESTYEN Yamaha YZF R6  
RET 4 H. TRUELOVE Yamaha YZF R6  
Round Number: 
5
2022
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Introducing least favorite WSS rider, Unai Orradre. Having gotten 7th in SS300 and his Foggy helmet, leathers, gloves and boots from Black Friday on Amazon, he now makes a splash on the scene of Donington with his Motul oil and R6.

;)

Fingers crossed for Oli Bayliss. Too bad for Bulega, he has been giving it a good go. My interest is up from the R6 Cup. Thanks Jared E. Go Triumph! 

I've always felt sympathy for Bulega, he's had a bit of a rough go; too big for Mot0 3, crap ride in Moto 2. Hoped to see him do well in WSS under the new rules, but he's crashing, maybe trying too hard. Not impressive; hope he can get his act back together. Anybody who looks like a young Mick Jagger deserves sympathy, lol.

Sympathy for...the devil?

He doesn't have Bezzecchi sunglasses nor a "Martinator" moniker, so that is heavenly. 

His father is Davide, MotoGP racer. It may be hard to get angelic underdog sympathy for someone well under the VR46 wing since 2015? "Hoo Hoo!" Pleased to meet you.

Super close to Rookie Of The Yr 2016, went to Mir (Moto3). 2017 and 2018 were purgatory. 2019 Moto2, not so racey and dropped by VR46. Here we have it, do or die. What is he made of out on his own without a tow or draft? 2020 beat Pons at Gresini. 2021 DiGi kicked his arse, Gresini opted not to keep him.

In a sense, 2022 WSS is last chance saloon! And he us holding up pretty well methinks. You thinks?

Likely, as you say, his last chance saloon on the world stage. And he's the top Ducati rider and third in the championship chase, so not doing badly.

It was a good race when the eventually completed lap one.

Congrats to Dom Aegerter and Ten Kate racing, the class acts of WSS!

Good ride from Balda as well.

A Ducati finally made it to the podium, that's racing.

What you said Motoshrink! Oli Bayliss had a good race with Aussie/German Ben Currie for 10 laps or so, Currie knows his way around Donington after several years in BSB in the superbike & supersport classes. Supersport runner up last year. Looks like B.C. crashed on the last lap. Anyone have some news there?

I liked the look of Glenn van Straalen's R6, before he crashed it!