After going eighth in the combined times in FP3, Sofuoğlu upped his pace even further in the Superpole and set a new lap record on his way to pole position. The Turkish rider battled for top spot throughout Race 1, but was ultimately beaten to the line by just 0.042s, with his second-place finish seeing him move back to within range of the championship leader.
Current Yamaha R3 bLU cRU Challenge leader, Yamaha MS Racing WorldSSP300 Supported Team Unai Orradre, was among the lead battle alongside Sofuoğlu for most of the 10-lap race, but was shuffled back toward the end and crossed the line in sixth.
Yamaha MS Racing’s Alan Kroh put in a solid qualifying performance to start 15th on the Race 1 grid. The 16-year-old WorldSSP rookie was part of the leading group, which covered most of the top 20 positions throughout and improved to 10th in the final stages to score his best finish of the season.
Ton Kawakami, also riding for Yamaha MS Racing, followed his German teammate through from 16th on the grid to claim 11th, maintaining his record of scoring points in every race he’s finished so far this year.
Having gone ninth on combined times in practice, Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha’s Alvaro Diaz struggled with traffic in the Superpole and could only manage 27th on the grid. The Spanish rookie made an impressive comeback in the race though, to claim the final point in 15th.
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