The FIM Supersport World Championship lands back in Europe this weekend, with Yamaha supported riders filling the top three places in the series standings after two thrilling encounters to open the season. Victory in Thailand for GMT94 Yamaha Supported WorldSSP rider, Jules Cluzel, saw the Frenchman replace Randy Krummenacher, the winner of the opening race in Australia, at the top of the championship standings. This is a situation that the Evan Bros. Bardahl Yamaha Supported WorldSSP rider is keen to reverse this weekend in Spain.
But the two race winners won’t have things all their own way in Aragon. Bardahl Yamaha’s Federico Caricasulo lies third in the standings, having racked up podium finishes in Australia and Thailand, and will be gunning for his first win of the season in Aragon, a circuit where he has finished on the podium previously.
Another rider looking to impress this weekend is Isaac Viñales. The Kallio Racing Yamaha Supported rider narrowly missed out on claiming his first WorldSSP podium in Thailand but showed his potential with a hard fought fourth place, after being involved in the battle for the lead in the early stages of the race. The Spaniard will be targeting the podium again in Aragon, where he can expect plenty of support from his home crowd.
Viñales’ Kallio Yamaha teammate, Thomas Gradinger, was also involved in the battle at the front of the race in Thailand, before being forced to retire after six laps due to a technical problem. The Austrian will be out to make amends with a strong performance in Aragon this weekend.
Kallio Racing Yamaha’s Loris Cresson heads into the Aragon weekend looking for his third ten finish in as many races, while GMT94 Yamaha’s Corentin Perolari will be hoping for a less dramatic opening lap than he endured in Thailand. The Frenchman crashed on the opening lap but recovered strongly to pick up points in 11th position.
GMT94 Yamaha Supported WorldSSP
“The target this weekend in Aragon is the same as it was in Thailand; to start the weekend well and then build towards Sunday in the best way possible, so that the confidence is high going into the race. From the forecast for the weekend it looks like conditions could be a little tricky, so that’s something else we will need to manage well. We need to maintain focus and continue improving, as we did in Thailand, to do the best that is possible and pick up as many championship points as we can.”
Kallio Racing Yamaha Supported WorldSSP
“After the race to fourth place in Thailand I’m looking forward to getting back on track in Aragon this weekend. Aragon is a difficult track to master, as it’s very technical in places, so we will have some work to do on Friday and Saturday ahead of the race. It’s my home race, in front of my home crowd, so I’m very motivated to give my all to secure the best result possible and give the Spanish fans something to cheer about on Sunday!”