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2017 WorldSSP Motorland Aragon Spain

02 April 2017

Lucas Takes Championship Lead with Stunning Aragon Victory

Lucas Takes Championship Lead with Stunning Aragon Victory

GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP rider Lucas Mahias kept the tension up to the final seconds of today’s FIM Supersport World Championship race in Aragon, taking a hard fought win, the second race victory for the all-new YZF-R6.

Frenchman Mahias was quick to move up from his fifth place grid start, immediately in the middle of the fight for the top three by the end of the first lap, just 0.3 seconds from the front two. Teammate Caricasulo made an early appearance in the mix before crashing out and leaving Mahias to keep the pressure on fellow Yamaha rider Sheridan Morais at the front. South African Morais was bale to make some ground on the back straight that Mahias was able to match with some highly skilled riding through the corners, keeping the gap down to just 0.1/0.2 seconds. Having identified Morias' weakest spot, the GRT Yamaha rider waited until the last corner of the last lap to spring, turning his R6 sharply up the inside of Morais to steal the drive out onto the final straight and grab a well deserved first race win of the year by just 0.014 seconds.

Teammate Caricasulo had an incredible start to today's race, flying off the line from his 13th place grid start and fighting quickly through the pack to reach second place by lap seven. Then just as quickly it was over, a highside coming out of turn three putting the young Italian out of the race. A trip to the medical centre and an x-ray found a small fracture in the left collarbone, but the injury will not rule Caricasulo out of the next round in Assen.

The race results see Mahias now leading the Supersport World Championship with 45 points, 5 clear of Roberto Rolfo in second. Caricasulo sits in seventh with 25 points, one point behind PJ Jacobson in sixth. The team now head to Assen for round four on the 30th April.

Interviewed: Lucas Mahias

"The final lap was completely crazy, but not just that lap, the whole race! I had a lot of fights and it was very difficult! There were a few riders fighting for the first position but I had a good strategy in the beginning, just to follow the other riders as there was a lot of wind and it was difficult to have a good rhythm for the race. I'm very happy because Sheridan was able to get a better drive onto the straight but I knew I was fast through the corners where he wasn't so confident. The result is really good for me and for Yamaha, so a big thank you to my team for the hard work this weekend, at the beginning I wasn't so confident but we really made it work."

Interviewed: Federico Caricasulo

"Today I was ok in the race, but I had a problem shifting when I crashed. I had worked from 13th up to 2nd, that was great, and I was feeling good and my R6 was working really well. I crashed on turn 3 and unfortunately I have a fracture in my left collarbone. I will be back and ready for Assen though."

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