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2018 WorldSSP Donington Park Great Britain - Donington Park

26 May 2018

Mahias Maintains 100% Front Row Record on Saturday at Donington Park

Mahias Maintains 100% Front Row Record on Saturday at Donington Park

The GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team enjoyed a positive Saturday at Round 6 of the 2018 FIM Supersport World Championship at Donington Park on Saturday. Reigning WorldSSP Champion, Lucas Mahias, continued his run of qualifying on the front row in every race so far in 2018 as he secured second on the grid for Sunday's race after setting a 1:30.465. His teammate Federico Caricasulo has shown excellent race pace all weekend but did not have the best of feelings with his R6 in SP2, setting a 1:31.118 that was good enough for him to qualify on the third row in seventh place. European Supersport Cup rider Alfonso Coppola improved his best time from Friday by over three seconds and the rookie will line up on the grid on the eighth row in 22nd.

The GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team enjoyed a positive Saturday at Round 6 of the 2018 FIM Supersport World Championship at Donington Park on Saturday. Reigning WorldSSP Champion, Lucas Mahias, continued his run of qualifying on the front row in every race so far in 2018 as he secured second on the grid for Sunday's race after setting a 1:30.465. His teammate Federico Caricasulo has shown excellent race pace all weekend but did not have the best of feelings with his R6 in SP2, setting a 1:31.118 that was good enough for him to qualify on the third row in seventh place. European Supersport Cup rider Alfonso Coppola improved his best time from Friday by over three seconds and the rookie will line up on the grid on the eighth row in 22nd.
After torrential rain and strong winds on Friday, conditions improved on Saturday with the circuit fully dry and track temperatures reaching 30°C for qualifying. Mahias is currently second in the championship standings with 79 points, just two-points behind Randy Krummenacher, and is determined to return to the podium at Donington Park for the first time since Thailand. The 29-year-old French rider ended Friday's practice in second overall and improved in Saturday morning's FP3 to end the session with a 1:30.396. In SP2, he gave it his all and managed to secure his seventh consecutive WorldSSP front-row start (including his Qatar pole in 2017) after setting a 1:30.465 and will line up in second on the grid, happy with his race pace and determined to fight for victory.
Caricasulo had topped Friday's practice and ended FP3 in third after setting a 1:30.880. The 22-year-old Italian was keen to find a solution to some grip issues he was having in the warmer track conditions on Saturday as he did not quite have the same feeling with his GRT Yamaha R6 in SP2. Nonetheless, he pushed as hard as he could to set a 1:31.118 which was good enough for seventh on the grid and he will start Sunday's race from the third row, confident he can fight for the podium.
ESC rider Coppola's best time from Friday was a 1:36.117, which saw him in 22nd on the combined timesheets. Incredibly, as the inaugural Yamaha R3 bLU cRU Challenge winner continues his adjustment to the WorldSSP class after his step up from WorldSSP300, he managed to improve to a 1:33.003 in FP3 to finish in 20th. Battling it out in SP1, he had a slight issue with one of his knee sliders coming off and he was forced to return to the pits for a new one. Despite this, he improved once again to set a 1:32.973 and qualify in 22nd for Sunday's race. His aim will be to now make another step overnight and in Warm Up to allow him to fight for his first championship point come Sunday.
The GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team return to action on Sunday at 9:20 am local time (GMT+1) for Warm Up, with the 20-lap race scheduled for 11:30 am.

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