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Diaz Increases WorldSSP300 Championship Lead with Second on Sunday at Magny-Cours

Diaz Increases WorldSSP300 Championship Lead with Second on Sunday at Magny-Cours

Following Saturday’s FIM Supersport 300 World Championship podium lockout for Yamaha, bLU cRU graduate Alvaro Diaz extended his championship lead to 40 points on Sunday, with a second-place result in Race 2 at Magny-Cours.

After finishing on the third step of the all-Yamaha podium in Race 1, Diaz was back into the lead battle on Sunday from 10th on the grid. The Spanish youngster made his way up to second on the final lap and crossed the line to take a sixth consecutive podium; his ninth of the 2022 season.

Matteo Vannucci produced the ride of his career in the opening race of the weekend in France, taking victory after fighting back from last place at the end of the opening lap. The Italian had to serve a double long lap penalty in Race 2 for irresponsible riding in Warm Up, which saw him narrowly miss out on points.

2017 WorldSSP300 champion Marc Garcia had initially crossed the line in first in Race 1, but was demoted to second following a penalty for track limits on the final lap. Despite his first non-score of the season on Sunday, the Yamaha MS Racing rider still holds second in the standings heading to Barcelona. 

Having qualified third on the grid, Mirko Gennai was in the podium hunt in both races this weekend. The Italian youngster was forced to DNF from Race 1 after another rider made contact with him, but he bounced back on Sunday with a strong fifth-place finish.

Yamaha R3 bLU cRU European Cup graduate Humberto Maier enjoyed a solid French round, twice finishing ninth, while fellow Brazilian Ton Kawakami was seventh in Race 1.

For Race 2 results, click here.

Alvaro Diaz: P2

Today I took my ninth podium in the championship, I’m very happy. This morning we made some changes to my bike, and this allowed me to take another podium. The last lap was quite crazy, but I’m happy with the result – it’s good for the championship. Now I’m looking forward to Barcelona, it’s my home race and my favourite circuit, so I think I can fight for the win again.