Conditions were cool and sunny at the Circuito de Jerez Angel Nieto in Spain today as the twelfth and final round of the WorldSSP continued. The weekend started well for Kawasaki Puccetti Racing rider Can Oncu, who set the sixth fastest time (1’44”232) in Friday’s practices, looking comfortable with both his Ninja and the Andalusian track.
The young Turk was back on track this morning for Superpole, a session that established the grid positions for the last two races of the season. Despite improving on his best of yesterday by more than a second (1’43”218), Can finished in twelfth place, which meant a fourth row start for Race 1, which ran over a distance of 17 laps.
The Kawasaki Puccetti Racing rider made a good start as the race got underway and was lying in around tenth position. Despite the fact he is not yet back in top shape, he was able to maintain a very strong pace and cross the line eleventh. An excellent result that confirms the rider’s continual progress and repays his determination.
Tomorrow will see Can Oncu compete in the final race of the 2023 WorldSSP championship.
Circuito Angel Nieto – Jerez de la Frontera – Spain
Supersport World Championship
Superpole: 1) Bulega (Ducati) – 2) Caricasulo (Ducati) – 3) Schroetter (MV Agusta) – 4) Manzi (Yamaha) – 5) Montella (Ducati) – 6) Huertas (Kawasaki) ………12) Oncu (Kawasaki)
Race1 – 1) Bulega (Ducati) – 2) Manzi (Yamaha) – 3) Caricasulo (Ducati) – 4) Navarro (Yamaha) – 5) Debise (Yamaha) – 6) Huertas (Kawasaki) ………..11) Oncu (Kawasaki)
“My feeling in the race wasn’t too bad. Actually the bike was perfect but we are still working hard to improve my arm. I am very happy because we made a big step, but we still have to improve the arm ahead of next season. Once that’s fixed, I don’t think we’ll have so many problems anymore. I know I am fast, and we can see this in the first laps of the race.”