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Orradre Fourth after Battling for Lead in WorldSSP300 Opener at Aragón

Orradre Fourth after Battling for Lead in WorldSSP300 Opener at Aragón

After battling for the lead in much of the opening FIM Supersport 300 World Championship race at Aragón, Yamaha MS Racing WorldSSP300 Supported Team’s Unai Orradre finished just outside the podium positions in fourth, with a red flag late on denying him a chance to improve.

Having qualified an impressive third on the grid, bLU cRU’s Orradre did exactly what he needed to at the start, ensuring he remained in the lead battle, which covered the top 11 riders. The Spanish youngster never dipped outside of the top five, and heading into the final third of the race, was mounting a challenge for the lead. 

With three laps remaining though an incident involving bLU cRU rider Bahattin Sofuoğlu brought out the red flag, and 17-year-old Orradre was classified in fourth, just 0.102 seconds away from a podium finish. 

Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSSP300 Supported Team rider Sofuoğlu was relatively happy with his qualifying performance, starting 14th for the race, but with the knowledge that he could make up places over the 12 laps.

The Turkish ace was battling among the second group for much of the opening six laps, but by the eighth tour, Sofuoğlu had moved into the top 10 fight. However, heading into the first corner on lap 10, Sofuoğlu had contact with Meikon Kawakami’s R3 GYTR-kitted bike while battling for eighth place and recorded an unfortunate DNF. 

Viñales Racing Yamaha Supported WorldSSP300 Team’s riders started the race from 24th, 28th and 34th on the grid, with wildcard rider Julian Giral Romero ahead of season regulars Dean Berta Viñales and Kevin Sabatucci. 

On the opening lap, Giral Romero was involved in an incident, which ended his chances, while Berta Viñales and Sabatucci latched onto the third group, which covered 17th to 28th. Sabatucci made up 10 places on the opening two laps to run 24th, eventually finishing 22nd, with Berta Viñales ending his first-ever WorldSSP300 race in 29th. 

For WorldSSP300 Race 1 results, click here.