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bLU cRU Riders Show Podium Potential with Impressive Opening Day at Aragón

bLU cRU Riders Show Podium Potential with Impressive Opening Day at Aragón

As temperatures ramped up at the MotorLand Aragón circuit, Bahattin Sofuoğlu bounced back from a difficult FIM Supersport 300 World Championship weekend last time out to go seventh fastest on combined times, as the bLU cRU riders enjoyed another step forward during Friday’s running.

The cooler FP1 session provided some of the fastest WorldSSP300 lap times ever recorded at the Spanish venue, and it was Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSSP300 Supported Team’s Sofuoğlu who led the bLU cRU charge. The Turkish youngster was sixth fastest in his group, and ended the day seventh overall, with the hotter track conditions in the afternoon making it almost impossible for any rider to improve their times. 

The ever-improving Alvaro Diaz, also for Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha, showed just how vital last weekend’s experience was. The Spanish rookie was second quickest in his group this morning, but a penalty for riding too slow in FP1 meant he couldn’t participate in the afternoon’s session. His time was still good enough for eighth overall, just 0.027s away from his teammate’s. 

It was an even closer margin to fellow bLU cRU rider, Yamaha MS Racing WorldSSP300 Supported Team’s Ton Kawakami, who also picked up the same penalty as Diaz in FP1. The Brazilian ended the day 0.003s shy of the Spaniard in ninth, continuing his strong pace at the 5.078 km circuit from last weekend. 

Championship challenger Unai Orradre also set his best time in the morning, with the Yamaha MS Racing rider going sixth fastest in his group. The 16-year-old Spaniard still gained valuable experience riding in the hot afternoon conditions, ending the day with the 17th fastest time overall. 

Rookie teammate Alan Kroh, fresh from his first points finish here last weekend, had issues with traffic in the morning session, but was one of the few riders to improve in FP2 going third in his group, which saw the German end Friday in 28th overall. 

For Friday’s combined times, click here.