The final race of the 2023 FIM WorldSSP300 season was a perfect illustration of how close the entire year has been for the field of keen youngsters, and the final fight was a classic between Gennai and Jose Perez Gonzalez, with the pair swopping places multiple times throughout the race as they pulled a huge gap on the rest of the pack. Despite crossing the line eight thousands of a second behind Perez, the Spaniard was given a penalty which gave Gennai the victory. Gennai’s grit and determination has seen him achieve three wins and three further podiums this season, and his precise and feisty riding style has been a sight to behold. He completes the year in third with 180 points, 27 points from the title in what has proven to be a closely contested season.
After his excellent performance yesterday, Gennai’s team-mate, Marco Gaggi, suffered an unfortunate end to the season when an issue with the bike on the grid left him unable to start. This also denied the BrCorse squad the chance of winning the Teams’ Championship.
Matteo Vannucci (AG Motorsport Italia Yamaha) closed his season with a nice fifth place finish in Portimão, the same position that the young Italian has achieved in the final championship standings. Galang Hendra Pratama (Sublime Racing by MS Racing) finished very close behind his fellow Yamaha rider in sixth. Brazil’s Humberto Maier (Yamaha MS Racing/AD78 Latin America Team) managed tenth in the final race of the year and took seventh in the final standings. Maier’s wildcard team-mate, Kevin Fontainha - who usually rides in the R3 bLUcRU European Championship - achieved his second points score of the season in the class with 14th.