Oncu close to the front in practice, Montella quickly learns the Most track

With this morning’s first free practice, the sixth round of the WorldSSP championship is now underway at the Autodrom Most in the Czech Republic.

Kawasaki Puccetti Racing riders, Can Oncu and Yari Montella, experienced different sensations. While the former knows the track after having competed here last year, Montella has no experience of the winding layout. He therefore spent the first session working to adapt his bike and riding style to the Most track. With a time of 1’36”198, Oncu closed eleventh, while a best of 1’36”565 saw Montella place seventeenth.

During the second free practice, both Kawasaki Puccetti Racing riders were able to improve on their times. With a 1’35”431, the Turk moved into sixth place, while Montella climbed to thirteenth thanks to a fastest time of 1’36”011. Encouraging results ahead of Saturday, when the two Kawasaki Puccetti Racing rider will compete in Superpole and the first of the weekend’s races.  

Autodrom Most – Czech Republic – Supersport World Championship

Combined free practice results: 1) Aegerter (Yamaha) – 2) Bulega (Ducati) – 3) Caricasulo (Ducati) – 4) Baldassarri (Yamaha) – 5) Debise (Yamaha) – 6) Oncu (Kawasaki) ………13) Montella (Kawasaki)

Can Oncu

“It wasn’t an easy day, but we worked well and, considering it’s only Friday, we’re not far from the front. We’re ready for Superpole and the first race of the weekend and if it rains as it’s expected to, the conditions will be the same for everyone and so we’ll see how best to deal with the conditions tomorrow.”  

Yari Montella

“I can’t complain seeing as this is my first visit to the track, also because it’s tougher than I expected. The turns are all connected so if you mess up one, you also mess up the next ones. Compared to the morning, I improved both my pace and flying lap performance during the afternoon. We’re not at the same level as the frontrunners yet of course, but we’re moving closer. If it rains, we’ll have to see how the track is, but that definitely won’t change our level of motivation and desire to do well.”

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