Conditions were sunny at Motorland Aragon in Spain for day two of the action making up this tenth WorldSSP championship round.
Yesterday Can Oncu completed the two free practice sessions in twenty-second position, with a time of 1’55”960. The Kawasaki Puccetti Racing rider only returned at the latest Magny-Cours round after a long break owing to a left arm injury sustained in a crash at Assen back in April. Although he is not yet back to complete physical fitness, Can gave it his all again today during Superpole and the subsequent first race.
In Superpole the young Turk was able to improve on his best lap by more than a second to finish twentieth with a time of 1’54”699. This meant that he lined up on row seven of the grid for the afternoon’s race, which ran over a distance of fifteen laps. Can made a good start and got into a rhythm that allowed him to climb up through the field. Despite this track being largely made up of left-hand turns, which ask more of his injured arm, Oncu was nevertheless able to conclude the race P17, just a few seconds from the points zone.
The Kawasaki Puccetti Racing rider will be back on track tomorrow for the second and final race of this Spanish round.
Motorland Aragon – Alcaniz – Spain
Supersport World Championship
Superpole: 1) Bulega (Ducati) – 2) Montella (Ducati) – 3) Caricasulo (Ducati) – 4) Schroetter (MV Agusta) – 5) Manzi (Yamaha) – 6) De Rosa (Ducati) ………. 20) Oncu (Kawasaki)
Race 1 – 1) Bulega (Ducati) – 2) Schroetter (MV Agusta) – 3) Montella (Ducati) – 4) Caricasulo (Ducati) – De Rosa (Ducati) – 7 Sofuoglu (MV Agusta) ……. 17) Oncu (Kawasaki)
“The race result doesn’t reflect where we’d normally be, but we’re not yet in a position to fight at the front. The positive side is that, with respect to the previous Magny Cours races, we finished ten seconds closer to the leaders. This confirms our progress. With its many left-hand corners, this track is really putting me to the test physically, but tomorrow I’ll try to further close the gap to the quickest guys. I’m working hard to get back to full fitness and my usual levels and am continuing to take steps forward, thanks also to the amazing support of my team.”