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Donington Park WorldSSP FP1 Results | Stefano Manzi fastest in Friday Morning Practice

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Stefano Manzi and Ten Kate Racing need to start to claw in points to fight for the Championship and a strong Free Practice One session might have put them in a good position to do so.

World Supersport has seen the same two names running towards the front throughout this season and once again they have found themselves in the top three after Free Practice One.

Stefano Manzi ended Friday mornings Practice session as the fastest rider on track. The Italian finished 0.015 seconds ahead of the top Ducati rider, Yari Montella.


The World Supersport Championship leader, Nicolo Bulega, finished FP1 in third place. But he was 0.283 seconds behind his title rival, Manzi. The Italian will most likely close that gap as the weekend goes on.

Federico Caricasulo rounds out an all Italian top four in the opening Supersport session of the weekend. The Althea Racing Ducati rider finished the session in fourth and has put the Italians in a good position to lockout the podium positions this weekend.

The first British rider was in fifth place as Tom Booth-Amos put his Kawasaki inside the top five. The 27-year-old rider was only 0.352 seconds behind top spot so is looking strong at his home round.

Lucas Mahias continues to stand in for Can Oncu for the Puccetti Racing squad and finished sixth overall in FP1 at Donington Park. The French rider is a veteran in Supersport and looks strong so far.

Adrian Huertas continues the Kawasaki run as he finished FP1 in seventh place. The MTM Racing rider is not far off the pace or far behind his old World Supersport 300 rival, Booth-Amos.

The Orelac Racing Ducati bike was in eighth place at the end of Friday morning as Raffaele de Rosa had a strong showing at a track where he got a surprise podium last year.

The top Triumph is down in ninth place after FP1 at its home event. Finnish rider Niki Tuuli was 0.803 seconds off of the pace and has work to do to catch the top guys at Donington Park.

Valentin Debise was the second highest Yamaha in FP1 as he finished down in tenth place. the R6 clearly is not the bike to be on so far this weekend.

The Irish British Supersport duo of Rhys Irwin and Eugene McManus are wild carding this weekend at Donington Park. Irwin finished FP1 in 18th place on his Suzuki and McManus was just behind in 19th place on his Triumph.

The remaining British World Supersport of John McPhee, Tarran Mackenzie and Harry Truelove ended their opening session at home down in 24th, 25th and 26th.

2023 British WorldSSP | Donington Park | FP1 Results | Rd. 6 of 12]
1Stefano ManziITATen Kate RacingYamaha R61m 30.177
2Yari MontellaITABarni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V21m 30.192
3Nicolo BulegaITAAruba Racing WorldSSPDucati Panigale V21m 30.430
4Federico CaricasuloITAAlthea RacingDucati Panigale V21m 30.449
5Tom Booth-AmosGBRMotozoo ME AIR RacingKawasaki ZX-6R1m 30.529
6Lucas MahiasFRAPuccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-6R1m 30.711
7Adrian HuertasESPMTM RacingKawasaki ZX-6R1m 30.745
8Raffaele de RosaITAOrelac Racing VerdnaturaDucati Panigale V21m 30.909
9Niki TuuliFINDynavolt RacingTriumph STR 765 RS1m 30.980
10Valentin DebiseFRAGMT 94Yamaha R61m 31.002
11Marcel SchroetterGERMV Agusta Reparto CorseMV Agusta F3 800 RR1m 31.188
12Oliver BaylissAUSD34G RacingDucati Panigale V21m 31.264
13Bahattin SofuogluTURMV Agusta Reparto CorseMV Agusta F3 800 RR1m 31.471
14Glenn van StraalenNEDEAB RacingYamaha R61m 31.499
15Jorge NavarroESPTen Kate RacingYamaha R61m 31.615
16Federico FuligniITAOrelac Racing VerdnaturaDucati Panigale V21m 31.753
17Nicholas SpinelliITAVFT RacingYamaha R61m 31.799
18Rhys IrwinIRLAstro-JJR SuzukiSuzuki GSXR 7501m 31.864
19Eugene McManusIRLCompletely MotorbikesTriumph STR 765 RS1m 31.994
20Anupab SarmoonTHAYamaha Thailand RacingYamaha R61m 32.134
21Andrea MantovaniITAEvan Bros WorldSSPYamaha R61m 32.530
22Tom EdwardsAUSYARTYamaha R61m 32.541
23Alvaro DiazESPArco YARTYamaha R61m 32.545
24John McPheeGBRVince64 by PuccettiKawasaki ZX-6R1m 32.582
25Tarran MackenzieGBRPetronas MIE RacingHonda CBR600RR1m 32.707
26Harry TrueloveGBRDynavolt RacingTriumph STR 765 RS1m 33.018
27Luke PowerAUSMotozoo ME AIR RacingKawasaki ZX-6R1m 33.258
28Andy VerdoiaFRAYamaha Thailand RacingYamaha R61m 33.735
29Max KoflerGERD34G RacingDucati Panigale V21m 33.915
30Yuta OkayaJPNProDina RacingKawasaki ZX-6R1m 34.259
31Maiki AbeJPNVFT RacingYamaha R61m 34.99
32Adam NorrodinMALPetronas MIE RacingHonda CBR600RR1m 36.237

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