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WorldSSP Catalunya FP1 Results | Sofuoglu takes a surprise lead in the opening session of the weekend

Bahattin Sofuoglu took his MV Agusta to the top spot of the first practice session of the weekend as he held back the World Supersport Championship contenders.

The Turkish rider, who is the nephew of five time World Supersport Champion Kenan Sofuoglu, secured first place in Free Practice One with a time of 1m 45.582.

Close behind the MV Agusta rider in second place was Ten Kate Racing Yamaha rider, Stefano Manzi (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha), the Italian lies second in the Championship and second after the opening session in Catalunya.


Aruba.it Racing WorldSSP Team rider and Championship leader, Nicolo Bulega (Aruba.it Racing WorldSSP Team), finished third place in FP1 as he was 0.199 seconds behind the MV Agusta.

Two other riders on board the Ducati Panigal V2 followed behind Bulega. Yari Montella (Barni Spark Racing Team) finished the opening session in fourth place, 0.424 seconds off of first place. Then in fifth place was the experienced World Supersport rider, Raffaele de Rosa (Orelac Racing Verdnatura), who was 0.452 seconds behind the leader.

Moto2 veteran Marcel Schrotter (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) took his MV Agusta to sixth place in standings in the opening practice session of the weekend, as he was 0.504 seconds behind his teammate. A late crash saw Jorge Navarro (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha), another Moto2 veteran, finished in seventh place after a late crash saw him miss the final moments of the session.

The top Triumph rider, Niki Tuuli (Dynavolt Triumph), finished in eighth place on his Triumph Street Triple, only 0.700 seconds off of top spot. Federico Caricasulo (Althea Racing Team) took his Ducati Panigal V2 to ninth place.

British rider Tom Booth-Amos (Motozoo ME AIR Racing), who is fresh from British Supersport action, rounded out the top ten as he finished tenth on his Kawasaki.

Fellow British riders John McPhee (Vince64 by Puccetti Racing) finished down in 16th place, Tarran Mackenzie (Petronas MIE Honda Team) ended up in 28th on his Honda and Harry Truelove (Dynavolt Triumph) finished 31st on his Triumph.

Free Practice Two will take place at 16:00 Catalan time - 15:00 UK time.

WorldSSP Catalunya FP1 Results:

2023 Catalunya WorldSSP | Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya | FP1 Results | Rd. 4 of 12]
1Bahattin SofuogluTURMV Agusta Reparto CorseMV Agusta F3 800 RR1m 45.582
2Stefano ManziITATen Kate RacingYamaha R61m 45.659
3Nicolo BulegaITAAruba Racing WorldSSPDucati Panigale V21m 45.781
4Yari MontellaITABarni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V21m 46.006
5Raffaele de RosaITAOrelac Racing VerdnaturaDucati Panigale V21m 46.034
6Marcel SchroetterGERMV Agusta Reparto CorseMV Agusta F3 800 RR1m 46.086
7Jorge NavarroESPTen Kate RacingYamaha R61m 46.219
8Niki TuuliFINDynavolt RacingTriumph STR 765 RS1m 46.282
9Federico CaricasuloITAAlthea RacingDucati Panigale V21m 46.299
10Tom Booth-AmosGBRMotozoo ME AIR RacingKawasaki ZX-6R1m 46.436
11Glenn van StraalenNEDEAB RacingYamaha R61m 46.503
12Adrian HuertasESPMTM RacingKawasaki ZX-6R1m 46.616
13Valentin DebiseFRAGMT 94Yamaha R61m 46.764
14Nicholas SpinelliITAVFT RacingYamaha R61m 46.803
15Lucas MahiasFRAPuccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-6R1m 47.109
16John McPheeGBRVince64 by PuccettiKawasaki ZX-6R1m 47.157
17Andrea MantovaniITAEvan Bros WorldSSPYamaha R61m 47.485
18Max KoflerGERD34G RacingDucati Panigale V21m 47.596
19Oliver BaylissAUSD34G RacingDucati Panigale V21m 47.618
20Alvaro DiazESPArco YARTYamaha R61m 47.749
21Apiwath WongthananonTHAYamaha Thailand RacingYamaha R61m 47.821
22Adam NorrodinMALPetronas MIE RacingHonda CBR600RR1m 47.831
23Federico FuligniITAOrelac Racing VerdnaturaDucati Panigale V21m 47.904
24Tom EdwardsAUSYARTYamaha R61m 48.006
25Adrian Fernandez GonzalezESPEvan Bros WorldSSPYamaha R61m 48.301
26Yuta OkayaJPNProDina RacingKawasaki ZX-6R1m 48.372
27Anupab SarmoonTHAYamaha Thailand RacingYamaha R61m 48,616
28Tarran MackenzieGBRPetronas MIE RacingHonda CBR600RR1m 48.656
29Luke PowerAUSMotozoo ME AIR RacingKawasaki ZX-6R1m 49.039
30Baris SahinSUIMDR Offitec YamahaYamaha R61m 49.059
31Harry TrueloveGBRDynavolt RacingTriumph STR 765 RS1m 49.226
32Maiki AbeJPNVFT RacingYamaha R61m 51.015

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