FRENCH ROUND | SUPERPOLE & RACE 1
It was a fantastic Saturday for the Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha, who took victory in Race 1 at Magny – Cours thanks to a strong performance from Lorenzo Baldassarri.
In the morning the Superpole was staged in completely dry conditions. Balda steadily improved his time, to the point of taking a wonderful second place on his last attempt, finishing 97 thousandths of a second from pole position.
At 15.15 Race 1 got underway. Balda took advantage of the start from the front row to finish the first lap in the lead, and then remained in the top positions over the following laps. Halfway through the race Lorenzo was able to gain an advantage over his rivals, going into a breakaway together with Van Straalen. Seven laps from the end, when Baldassarri was firmly in the lead, the red flag – due to the crash of Bahattin Sofuoglu – put an early end to the race, decreeing the success of the Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team rider. Today’s win is Balda’s fourth of the season and brings him to within five points of the top of the championship standings.
Tomorrow he will be back on track at 9.25 for the Warm Up, while at 12.30 it will be time for Race 2.
“Today’s is a very important victory, as we are now even closer to the top of the championship. I have to thank the team, who after yesterday’s crash set the bike up perfectly and helped me get the right feeling again. I made a good progression in the race, and victory is the best possible reward“.
Lorenzo Baldassarri #7
SUPERPOLE P 2
RACE 1 P 1