The sun was beaming down on the Alcaniz venue, but track temperatures remained relatively low for FP1. 17-year-old Orradre, contesting his second full season of WorldSSP300, wasted no time in getting up to speed, with his time of 2’06.814 a full 0.573s up on his closest challenger. In the afternoon, temperatures rose and the track was no longer at its optimal working range, but Orradre was still well in the mix, going fourth quickest.
Fellow bLU cRU youngster Bahattin Sofuoğlu was also in strong form across the two practice sessions. The Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSSP300 Supported Team rider was eighth fastest in the morning, but almost matched his time in the hotter FP2 session to go fifth, just 0.052s behind Orradre. The Turkish rider ended the day eighth on combined times, but his pace in the afternoon shows there’s more to come from the 18-year-old this weekend.
Elsewhere, newcomers Viñales Racing Yamaha Supported WorldSSP300 Team were also in action for the first time in WorldSSP300 this weekend. Of their three riders for the Aragón round, it was wildcard entrant Julian Giral Romero who went fastest, ending the day 13th on combined times.
Spanish youngster Dean Berta Viñales, making his WorldSSP300 debut, was 30th on combined times after his FP1 effort, while Italian Kevin Sabatucci was 33rd, although his time in the afternoon saw him end FP2 in 26th.
For Friday's combined times, click here.