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Phillip Island WorldSSP Results, Superpole | Huertas lands pole before heavy landing in crash

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Adrian Huertas continued the good work of his title-defending Aruba.it Racing Ducati team by securing pole position for the opening round of the 2024 WorldSSP Championship at Phillip Island despite a crash that landed him in the medical centre

The Spaniard - who takes over from runaway 2023 title-winner Nicolo Bulega on the Ducati Panigale V2 - was in fine form around the Australian venue, pumping in a quick lap record-breaking effort early on in the session amid dicey conditions that would have been enough for the top spot.

As it happens, he lowered his benchmark further to 1m 31.407secs after returning to the track late on following a brief spell of drizzle, but would soon be barrelling through the gravel trap at the final Turn 12 left-hander following a high-side.


With the fast flick from the Ducati leading to a heavy landing, a clearly winded Huertas was able to pull himself up off the gravel but has been taken to the medical centre for checks.

Ironically, his incident would put the brakes on any rival trying to defeat him with two minutes remaining due to yellow flags, not least when the return of rain as the circuit went green put a formal end to any potential gains.

As such - physical condition notwithstanding - Huertas will start Race 1 from pole position, though this weekend sees the introduction of new rules which will see the front three rows of the Race 2 grid decided by fastest laps from the first race.

The only rider to get close to Huertas' effort - which took half-a-second off Stefano Manzi's lap record from FP1 - was Yari Montella, the testing pace setter able to improve late on but come up a tenth short on his fellow Ducati rider's time.

Marcel Schroetter completes the front row on his factory MV Agusta F3 800 RR, ahead of Manzi, who couldn't quite match his FP1 session topping lap from earlier in the day.

Valentin Debise led fellow Frenchman Lucas Mahias to complete an all-Yamaha row two, while Bahattin Sofuoglu held onto seventh on the grid despite barrelling out of the session with 20mins remaining when he crashed out at Turn 9 just as the weather turned. The Turkish rider too required attention in the medical centre.

Federico Caricasulo made it three MVs inside the top ten in eighth, while Jorge Navarro was a strong ninth to give the new WRP-RT Motorsports by SKM team top Triumph status ahead of top factory representative Tom Booth-Amos in 11th. They sandwiched tenth place man Niki Tuuli on the EAB Racing Ducati.

Elsewhere, Can Once struggled to hook up a lap to end up as top Kawasaki but down in 12th, while Honda's baptism of fire with the new CBR600RR saw its best representative - Moto3 convert Kaito Toba - in 22nd.

Meanwhile, John McPhee - whose FP1 was ended early by technical issues - gets underway from 21st on the grid.


2024 WorldSSP Phillip Island | Superpole Results

Friday | Conditions - Overcast, Windy, Dry and Drops of Rain

🇦🇺 ⏱️ 2024 WorldSSP Results | Phillip Island | Superpole Qualifying Results | Round 1 of 12
Pos.RiderNatTeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Adrian Huertas🇪🇦Aruba.it RacingDucati Panigale V21m 31.407
2Yari Montella🇮🇹BARNI Spark RacingDucati Panigale V21n 31.566
3Marcel Schroetter🇩🇪MV Agusta Reparto CorseMV Agusta F3 800 RR1m 31.819
4Stefano Manzi🇮🇹Ten Kate RacingYamaha R61m 32.005
5Valentin Debise🇫🇷Evan Bros. TeamYamaha R61m 32.041
6Lucas Mahias🇫🇷GMT94Yamaha R61m 32.151
7Bahattin Sofuoglu🇹🇷MV Agusta Reparto CorseMV Agusta F3 800 RR1m 32.219
8Federico Caricasulo🇮🇹Motozoo ME AIR RacingMV Agusta F3 800 RR1m 32.370
9Jorge Navarro🇪🇦WRP-RT Motorsport by SKMTriumph STR 765 RS1m 32.515
10Niki Tuuli🇫🇮EAB RacingDucati Panigale V21m 32.542
11Tom Booth-Amos🇬🇧PTRTriumph STR 765 RS1m 32.587
12Can Oncu🇹🇷Kawasaki Puccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-6R1m 32.887
13Yeray Ruiz🇪🇦VFT RacingYamaha R61m 33.066
14Lorenzo Baldassarri🇮🇹Orelac Racing VerdnaturaDucati Panigale V21m 33.136
15Oliver Bayliss🇦🇺D34G RacingDucati Panigale V21m 33.322
16Tom Toparis🇦🇺Stop & Seal RacingYamaha R61m 33.335
17Glenn van Straalen🇳🇱Ten Kate RacingYamaha R61m 33.510
18Marcel Brenner🇨🇭Viamo RacingKawasaki ZX-6R1m 33.682
19Ondrej Vostatek🇨🇿PTRTriumph STR 765 RS1m 33.903
20Anupab Sarmoon🇹🇭Yamaha Thailand Racing TeamYamaha R61m 34.087
21John McPhee🇬🇧WRP-RT Motorsport by SKMTriumph STR 765 RS1m 34.172
22Kaito Toba🇯🇵Petronas MIE RacingHonda CBR600RR1m 34.502
23Krittapat Keankum🇹🇭Yamaha Thailand Racing TeamYamaha R61m 34.907
24Hikari Okubo🇯🇵Vince64 Racing by PuccettiKawasaki ZX-6R1m 35.058
25Khairul Idham Bin Pawi🇲🇾Petronas MIE RacingHonda CBR600RR1m 35.518
26Niccolo Antonelli🇮🇹Ecosantagata Althea RacingDucati Panigale V2No Time
DNSPiotr Biesiekirski🇵🇱Ecosantagata Althea RacingDucati Panigale V2-

Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit | Lap Records - WorldSSP

🇦🇺 ⏱️ 🏁 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit| Lap Records - WorldSSP
-RiderNatTeamBikeLap TImeYearClassification
-Andrea Locatelli🇬🇧BARDAHL Evan Bros. Racing Yamaha R61m 32.1762020All-Time Lap Record
-Sandro Cortese🇬🇧GRTYamaha R61m 33.0122018Best Race Lap
-Stefano Manzi🇹🇷Ten Kate RacingYamaha R61m 32.81420232023 Superpole

2024 WorldSBK & WorldSSP Phillip Island | Schedule & Programme

🇦🇺 ⏱️ 🏁 2024 WorldSBK & WorldSSP Phillip Island Schedule
-DayChampionshipSessionTime [Local]Time [UK +11h]
-23 Feb - FRIWorldSSPFP110.25 - 11.0523.25 (THUR) - 00.05
-23 Feb - FRIWorldSBKFP111.20 - 12.0500.20 - 01.05
-23 Feb - FRIWorldSSPSuperpole14.55 - 15.3503.55 - 04.35
-23 Feb - FRIWorldSBKFP216.00 - 16.4505.00 - 05.45
-24 Feb - SATWorldSBKFP310.00 - 10.2023.00 (FRI) - 23.20
-24 Feb - SATWorldSSPWarm-Up10.30 - 10.4023.30 (FRI) - 23.40
-24 Feb - SATWorldSBKSuperpole13.00 - 13.1502.00 - 02.15
-24 Feb - SATWorldSSPRACE 114.3003.30
-24 Feb - SATWorldSBKRACE 116.0005.00
-25 Feb - SUNWorldSBKWarm-Up10.30 - 10.4023.30 (SAT) - 23.40
-25 Feb - SUNWorldSSPWarm-Up10.50 - 11.0023.50 - 00.00
-25 Feb - SUNWorldSBKSUPERPOLE RACE13.0002.00
-25 Feb - SUNWorldSSPRACE 214.3003.30
-25 Feb - SUNWorldSBKRACE 216.0005.00

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