After an impressive display during a scorching WorldSSP300 opener, the Yamaha R3 bLU cRU Challenge riders only had a few days off before returning to action at the Algarve International Circuit, bringing the Spanish heat with them.
Arriving in Portugal off the back of a maiden race victory at Jerez, Yamaha MS Racing WorldSSP300 Supported Team’s Orradre qualified in 14th for the opening race, having struggled with traffic throughout free practice and the Superpole.
A fall took him out of the opener, but on Sunday’s race the Spaniard soon made it into the top 10 from the fifth row, as he jostled for position with the lead group over the ensuing laps. Heading onto the final tour, Orradre had fought his way into victory contention, taking the fastest lap on his way, and sealed second place on the run to Turn 1. The 16-year-old was then closing on the leader and pulled alongside, before a red flag for an incident behind ended his charge.
Having also taken a victory during the opening WorldSSP300 weekend, Sofuoğlu was another who improved throughout the weekend. Like his fellow bLU cRU rider, the Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSSP300 Supported Team youngster struggled with the busy track on Friday and qualifying, and would start both races from 15th.
The Turkish rider displayed sublime racecraft on Saturday, making up 10 positions within the first six laps, before a red flag halted any chance of a podium. It was a similar story in Race 2, Sofuoğlu made steady progress through the lead group and scored another top five finish as the red flag emerged. This result saw the Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha racer move into second in the standings, two points ahead of third-placed Orradre.
Elsewhere, Yamaha MS Racing’s Ton Kawakami was the top bLU cRU performer on Friday, going seventh fastest overall, and qualified 12th for Race 1. In the race he battled for a top 10 finish, eventually ending just 0.292s adrift in 11th. The Brazilian was on for an improvement on Sunday, and was in podium contention before retiring with a technical issue.
Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha’s Alvaro Diaz went through the Last Chance Race to progress into the main races, finishing fifth and less than half-a-second from the win. Starting from the back row for Race 1, the Spaniard was in a group of riders fighting over the top 20, eventually finishing 24th. In the second race, Diaz showed strong pace and rose 18 positions to finish just outside the points in 17th.
Alan Kroh, riding for Yamaha MS Racing in his debut WorldSSP300 season, improved throughout free practice and was in the lead battle in the Last Chance Race. However, a technical issue on the fourth lap saw the German retire from the race, putting an end to his weekend.
The bLU cRU riders are now preparing for the next double-header at Motorland Aragón on 29-31 August and 4-6 September, a track that will be more familiar to most of the Yamaha youngsters.
For Race 1 results, click here.
For Race 2 results, click here.