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Aegerter and Sofuoğlu Top Barcelona WorldSSP and WorldSSP300 Test

Aegerter and Sofuoğlu Top Barcelona WorldSSP and WorldSSP300 Test

Preparations for the 2021 FIM Supersport World Championship got underway with the Barcelona test, where Ten Kate Yamaha WorldSSP Supported Team marked their return to the championship with the fastest time across the two days, courtesy of new arrival Dominique Aegerter.

The FIM Supersport 300 World Championship riders were also in action, as bLU cRU rider Bahattin Sofuoğlu went fastest on combined times for the Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSSP300 Supported Team. 

WorldSSP – Yamaha Supported Teams Show Early Promise 

After going quickest in both the morning and afternoon session on the opening day, Swiss rider Aegerter continued that form into day two, setting a fastest time of 1’44.220 in the closing stages. 

The Moto2 race-winner was challenged by GMT94 Yamaha WorldSSP Supported Team’s Jules Cluzel, who went quickest in the morning of the final day but couldn’t improve his time of 1’44.355 in the afternoon session, seeing him end the test second on combined times.

New teammate for 2021, Federico Caricasulo, was quickly up to speed on the Yamaha R6 and was second fastest at the end of the opening day. He improved to a 1’44.718 on the second day and left the test fourth on combined times. 

ParkinGO Yamaha WorldSSP Supported Team’s Manuel Gonzalez was 10th after the two days with a 1’45.613, improving in every session as he got to grips with the Yamaha R6.   

Evan Bros Yamaha WorldSSP Supported Team’s Steven Odendaal showed potential early on, before a fall saw him dislocate his shoulder on the opening day. The South African sat out the rest of the test, but still managed to place 12th on combined times.   

Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSSP300 Supported Team’s Maria Herrera was 14th overall, with Ten Kate Yamaha’s Galang Hendra Pratama 19th. 

WorldSSP300 – bLU cRU Riders Well in the Mix 

After a stellar 2020 WorldSSP300 season, Sofuoğlu looked once again in superb form in the Barcelona test. The Turkish youngster went fastest of all with a 1’54.867 on the opening day, and his time remained unbeaten as the test came to a close. 

Fellow bLU cRU rider, MS Racing Yamaha WorldSSP300 Supported Team’s Unai Orradre, also set his best lap of 1’55.974 on the opening day, which was good enough for ninth overall.

Dean Berta Vinales impressed on his WorldSSP300 testing debut with the 14th fastest time, while his Viñales Racing Yamaha Supported WorldSSP300 Team teammate Kevin Sabatucci was 25th on combined times.