Pata Honda’s championship winning rider, Michael Van Der Mark once again dominated the World Supersport free practice session, and in a repeat of FP1 topped the timesheets.
The Dutchman was under lap record pace and reached the 2.02 more times than any other rider, with a total of four rotations. DMC Panavto-Yamaha’s Lucas Mahias and San Carlo’s Roberto Tamburini completed the top three, with a 2’02.634 and 2’02.670 respectively on the timesheets.
Van Der Mark came out of his garage all guns blazing and was immediately placed his Honda at the top of the sheets, showing that he wants to end his already championship winning year on a high.
Elsewhere former MCE British Superbike rider, PJ Jacobsen had a technical problem while on a flying lap putting an abrupt end to his first day of free practice sessions. Meanwhile Sofuoglu was not giving up on the chase and even though he may have missed out on an historic fourth title, he was still in the top half of the timing-screens, and up to second with seven minutes remaining, but fell back to sixth at the flag.
Five minutes towards the end the session was red flagged because of a crash involving Intermoto’s Florian Marino, but soon the outing was underway again. At the chequered flag CIA Insurance Honda’s Jack Kennedy completed the top ten, after initially hitting the top five on the timing-screens. The Dubliner did improve from his earlier session by over half a second, to end the day with a 2’03.371.
DMC Panavto-Yamaha’s Kev Coghlan was another rider who bettered his time in FP2 by over one second, but still only finished twelfth on the sheets. Regular Pirelli National Superstock 600 rider, Mason Law improved his time from the first session and worked his way up the timing sheets too, and to a respectable 16th, after a 2’04.626 lap.
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