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Gennai Suffers Championship Blow in Unlucky Race 1 at Motorland

Gennai Suffers Championship Blow in Unlucky Race 1 at Motorland

Title hopeful Mirko Gennai (Team BrCorse) suffered a setback on Saturday at Motorland Aragon after a jump start and subsequent penalty put him out of the points-scoring positions in a disrupted WorldSSP300 Race 1.

Matteo Vannucci (AG Motorsport Italia Yamaha) demonstrated his ever-improving form once again when he set the fastest time in qualifying and claimed his second pole position of the season. Devis Bergamini (ProGP Racing) also had one of his best showings when he qualified seventh, although the R3 bLU cRU graduate had been on course for a potential front row spot just moments before the session finished.

The race was a challenging affair for all the riders when a red flag stoppage disrupted the flow on Lap 4, and Vannucci had been running towards the front of the pack at this point. Gennai was deemed to have made a jump start and the Italian was hit with a double long lap penalty just moments before the race was halted, this was particularly unfortunate as he had made it up to 11th after some great passes as well as setting the fastest lap of the race (2’06.680). 

With the restart lasting just five laps and the pack as close as ever in the ultra-competitive class it was an impossible task for Gennai to achieve a top result after taking his penalties, and he finished in 19th place. The top scoring Yamaha in the dash was Ruben Bijman (Arco Motor University Team) in fifth, although the Dutchman received a post-race penalty for exceeding track limits on the last lap, as did Marco Gaggi (Team BrCorse) who eventually finished eighth. 

Enzo Valentim (Yamaha MS Racing/AD78 Latin America Team) also had a tough day when he suffered a broken collarbone in Superpole.