Less than a week ago, Locatelli was celebrating his seventh consecutive WorldSSP win with a convincing double victory at the Spanish venue, and the Italian carried that momentum into the Teruel round. The 23-year-old immediately fired to the top of the timings in this morning’s FP1 session and, despite the rising temperatures, improved his time further in the afternoon to end the day 0.537s ahead of his nearest rival on combined times.
Kallio Racing Yamaha WorldSSP Supported Team’s Hannes Soomer bounced back from a difficult weekend where he couldn’t unleash his full potential, to go fourth fastest in FP1. The Estonian was also in the mix this afternoon and ended FP2 in sixth position, with his lap from this morning still good enough for fourth overall.
GMT94 Yamaha WorldSSP Supported Team’s Jules Cluzel was just behind Soomer in FP1, ending the session just 0.060s adrift, and was in the top five once again in the afternoon to end the day fifth fastest.
After a heavy fall took him out of FP1, Kallio Racing’s Isaac Vinales made a superb recovery in FP2 to go third fastest, ending the day seventh on combined times despite not setting a lap time this morning.
The midfield pack was extremely tight, with GMT94 Yamaha’s Corentin Perolari going 12th quickest in the morning, before setting the 14th fastest time in the afternoon to end the day 15th, ahead of the two bLU cRU Yamaha WorldSSP Team riders. Galang Hendra Pratama was just 0.120s behind on combined times in 17th after a strong morning run, while Andy Verdoïa made good progress in the slower afternoon session to end the day 21st.