It was a promising start to the year also for 2021 Yamaha R3 bLU cRU European Cup winner Iker Garcia Abella, who was in the podium battle in Race 1.
2017 WorldSSP300 champion Garcia took pole position on Saturday, with Diaz joining him on the front row, qualifying third. In Race 1, the Spanish duo battled for the lead, pulling clear of third position in the latter stages. Yamaha MS Racing's Garcia was then able to increase his margin out front, eventually winning by 4.479s, while Diaz was another 4.757s clear in second.
In Race 2, 15 riders were involved in the lead battle until the final three laps, where Diaz was able to get out front and build a gap. The 18-year-old extended his lead to 3.591s by the chequered flag, seeing him take to the top step of the podium for the first time in his WorldSSP300 career. Garcia started the final lap in fifth, but climbed to second at the finish, meaning he and Diaz both took 45 points away from the Aragón round.
Meanwhile, Yamaha MS Racing’s Garcia Abella fought his way into the fight for third from 17th on the grid in Saturday’s race, eventually scoring points in 11th, less than 1.5s off the rostrum. Unfortunately, an incident in Turn 1 in Race 2 while running inside the points meant he was forced to DNF.
Fellow Yamaha R3 bLU cRU European Cup graduate Fenton Seabright made a great step forward on Sunday, finishing 14th from 22nd on the grid in Race 2 to take home points in his maiden WorldSSP300 weekend.