Yamaha secured their sixth FIM Supersport World Championship manufacturers title today as Evan Bros.WorldSSP’s Lorenzo Baldassari bravely battled to a podium finish at the Portimao venue. The Italian stormed to a 14th podium of the season aboard his Yamaha R6, missing out on the race victory by just 0.011 seconds.
Saturday’s action commenced with a frantic Superpole session which saw ten riders under the existing lap record. The first to break Jules Cluzel’s lap record from 2021, Dominique Aegerter was also the last as he stormed to a 1'43.065 to secure pole position by 0.204 seconds, while title-rival Baldassarri was forced to start the race from seventh following a late crash.
Aegerter made a solid start from pole position, settling into the leading group in the early stages as he fought with Cluzel and Glenn van Straalen for second place. As the shortened 12-lap race unfolded, the battle at the front quickly became a hectic seven-rider battle; and with five laps to go, saw Baldassarri hit the front.
The Italian’s lead was short-lived, however, slipping to third before re-passing Federico Caricasulo on the final lap for second. Despite giving it his all, the former Moto2 rider couldn’t topple the Triumph ahead, crossing the line in second just 0.011 seconds adrift of the race winner. Meanwhile, Aegerter held on to secure fourth in the opening race of the weekend.
Jules Cluzel secured a hard-fought seventh with Glenn van Straalen finishing in 12th. Peter Sebestyen secured points in 14th place aboard the second Evan Bros.WorldSSP Yamaha Team R6.
Early retirement for Marcel Brenner sadly ended his hunt for the Supersport Challenge championship trophy as he trails Bahattin Sofuoglu by 33 points.
Clinching 16 race wins and 16 further podium finishes, Yamaha sits at the top of the manufacturer’s standings with an unbeatable 185-point advantage over Ducati. Ten Kate continue to lead the team’s standings.
FIM Supersport World Championship action continues Sunday for the final race of the weekend.