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Garcia Dominates WorldSSP300 Race 1 at Most from 11th on the Grid

Garcia Dominates WorldSSP300 Race 1 at Most from 11th on the Grid

Yamaha MS Racing’s Marc Garcia was back to his best in a wet opening FIM Supersport 300 World Championship race at Autodrom Most, winning by more than 10 seconds to close the gap at the top of the standings.

Having qualified 11th on the grid, Garcia was already into the top 10 by the end of the first lap, before firing into the lead on the second tour. From there, the Spanish rider managed the conditions perfectly, opening up a gap and setting lap times over a second quicker than his nearest rivals to take his third win of 2022.

The battle for the second step on the podium was fiercely fought between nine riders. bLU cRU graduate Alvaro Diaz looked best placed to take it but just missed out, finishing third from 14th on the grid. 

Also in the battle was Matteo Vannucci, who was forced to start from the back of the grid due to a tyre infringement on the grid. The Italian produced a stellar comeback ride though, making it to fifth by the chequered flag, just 0.197s off the podium.

Classified in sixth was Humberto Maier, who had enjoyed his best qualifying result so far to start the race from second. The Brazilian crossed the line in fourth, but was demoted two places for irresponsible riding. 

Reigning Yamaha R3 bLU cRU European Cup winner Iker Garcia Abella, was just outside of the podium battle, gaining one place from his grid position to finish eighth. 

For Race 1 results, click here.

Marc Garcia: P1

An amazing day for me. Starting from 11th on the grid and in the beginning with the rain coming it was not easy. I just kept focused on my pace during the early laps. It’s a new track for me, so it’s great to win, especially for the championship. We will see what the conditions are like tomorrow, today was difficult. In the WorldSSP300 category anything can happen, but I will do my best to win Race 2. 

Alvaro Diaz: P3

It was really difficult, but for me it was a good race. There were so many riders fighting for the second position – it was hard to manage. It was also my first time on this track, so I’m happy I was still able to get a podium. Tomorrow is another day, another race, and I hope to take a victory.