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Closely Contested Front Row Shape Up for R3 SuperFinale

Closely Contested Front Row Shape Up for R3 SuperFinale

Spain’s Gonzalo Sanchez has claimed pole position for the 2023 R3 SuperFinale which will take place over two races on Saturday at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve.

A field of 22 riders from seven different countries took to the track onboard their Yamaha R3 machines to fight it out for pole position. Saturday’s races will find an overall winner, who will be granted a full-time ride in next year’s R3 bLU cRU European Championship. The FP1 session was used by the young riders to gain experience on the particularly tricky Portuguese track, and this first outing was topped by Spain’s Sanchez, ahead of his compatriot Natalia Rivera in second and Italy’s Alessandro Di Persio in third.

In the afternoon’s Superpole session it was all to play for behind Sanchez, who undoubtedly seemed to have a little more pace than the chasing pack and went on to take pole. But the front row remained open until the last seconds of Superpole as the youngsters increased their confidence and upped their pace. Italy’s Guido Fina stormed into second while Australia’s Cameron Swain, fresh from a wildcard appearance in the R3 bLU cRU European Championship in France, took third.

The two races will take place on Saturday at 11:45 and 16:15 CET.

FULL RESULTS - R3 bLU cRU European SuperFinale - FREE PRACTICE

FULL RESULTS - R3 bLU cRU European SuperFinale - SUPERPOLE

Pole Position

Gonzalo Sanchez

My feeling is beautiful, because starting tomorrow from pole is the perfect situation. It was very difficult for me to achieve this fastest time, but we did it. Thank you to my team, to my family, all the people who support me, thank you very much. Tomorrow we will race and I will fight – full gas!