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Aragon WorldSBK: New Supersport pole record for Cluzel

For the first time in over two years, GMT Yamaha’s Jules Cluzel put in a stunning lap with the less than two minutes to go to storm to WorldSSP pole position with an a new all-time lap record.

He held off flying Finn Niki Tuuli (MV Agusta Corse Clienti), who looked like he had pole in the bag until Cluzel’s stunning time. Having been fastest on Friday, Tuuli will go from the middle of the front row.

Completing the top three was Philipp Oettl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing), with the German rider on fine form and making it three manufacturers inside the top three.


The second row is headed by South African rider Steven Odendaal (Evan Bros. Yamaha WorldSSP Team), who gets his 2021 off to a solid start at MotorLand Aragon.

Odendaal just managed to fend off rookie Dominique Aegerter (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha), with the Swiss rider looking good throughout the session and always in the mix for pole.

With Aegerter fifth, the second row is completed by World Supersport returnee Federico Caricasulo (GMT94 Yamaha), with the Italian quietly going about his business to finish in sixth.

Rookie Marc Alcoba (Yamaha MS Racing) was a sensational seventh place, whilst Estonian Hannes Soomer (Kallio Racing) goes from the middle of the third row. Making it another all-Yamaha row is Christoffer Bergman (Wojcik Racing Team), with the Swedish rider impressing once more in ninth.

There was another rookie sensation in tenth place with Luca Bernardi (CM Racing), who put his Yamaha in tenth place on his World Supersport debut.

It was a disaster for Randy Krummenacher (EAB Racing Team) who was way outside the top ten, having crashed at Turn 2 with less than ten minutes. Minutes later, Raffaele De Rosa (ORELAC Racing VerdNatura) did the same thing at the same corner, putting him two places ahead of Krummenacher on the grid in 13th.

Krummenacher’s 15th place grid start is the worst for him in World Supersport. Top WorldSSP Challenge rider was Kevin Manfredi (Altogo Racing Team), in 17th place. Great Britain’s Danny Webb (Wepol Racing Team) was 26th on his WorldSSP return.

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