The first race of the 2022 FIM Supersport 300 World Championship season confirmed the dominance of 2017 WorldSSP300 champion, Marc García (Yamaha MS Racing), who led the race throughout its 12 laps. With a higher pace, the 22-year-old Barcelonan started the championship in the best possible way, adding his first victory since Magny-Cours 2020 and gaining provisional leadership. Álvaro Díaz (Arco Motor University Team) and Lennox Lehmann (Freudenberg KTM – Paligo Racing) complete the podium in Race 1 of the Pirelli Aragón Round.
TRAFFIC LIGHTS OFF: the poleman takes control
After taking his first pole position in five years in the Tissot Superpole, Marc García was leading the group at the end of the first lap, after a bit of a bumpy start when he came into contact with Íñigo Iglesias (SMW Racing) early on. while the lights were off. Iglesias then had to serve a Long Lap penalty, imposed during Superpole, so he lost a lot of ground in the first part of the race. On the contrary, García gradually built up an advantage at the head of the group and at the end of the sixth lap he was already 2.5 seconds ahead of his pursuers, led by Álvaro Díaz and the Italians Matteo Vannucci (AG Motorsport Italia Yamaha ) and Bruno Ieraci (Prodina Racing WorldSSP300) in the following positions.
ALL AGAINST ALL: Iglesias returns
While García consolidated ahead of all with a superior and sustained pace lap after lap, halfway through the race the chasing group offered constant change, with at least ten riders in contention taking turns at the ‘before. In these scuffles, the Dutchman Ruben Bijman (MTM Kawasaki) was eliminated, who was fighting to get on the podium. Iñigo Iglesias reached this group at this stage of the race and also applied to fight for the drawers.
EXCEPTIONAL WINNER… And a podium with a Spanish double
With García crossing the finish line with a lead of more than four seconds, Díaz perfectly managed his second position and added his second podium in the category after the one signed last year at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Lennox Lehmann, the only KTM representative on the grid, has had a great start to the campaign after making his Barcelona debut last year. The 20-year-old German rider was ahead of Victor Steeman (MTM Kawasaki) by just 45 thousandths.
TOP 10 OF RACE 1
In his first round with the MTM Kawasaki team, Steeman won the match against teammate Yuta Okaya, who finished fifth. Iglesias’ forced return lifted him to sixth position, hampered by the penalty received for irresponsible driving during the qualifying lap. Vanucci saw the checkered flag in seventh position and behind him, two other Italians, Mirko Gennai (Team BrCorse) and Marco Gaggi (Viñales Racing Team) completed the top 10 of the event.
AN INCIDENTAL RACE…
Alessandro Zanca (Kawasaki GP Project) crashed early in the session, making his debut with a long list of injured riders over 12 frenetic laps. On the first lap, Filipino Troy Alberto (Fusport – RT Motorsports by SKM – Kawasaki) also crashed, in an incident in which Australian Harry Khouri (Team #109 Kawasaki) was out of the race. Neither did Víctor Rodríguez Núñez (2R Racing), who returned to the championship as a wild card in Aragón and was eliminated on the first lap. The Piedralbes driver had to go to the medical center at the track. On the fourth lap, the Frenchman Sylvain Markarian (Leader Team Flembbo) joined the list of eliminated following a fall in this race. Gabriele Mastroluca (ProGP Racing) crashed on lap eight and the aforementioned Bijman completed the list.
Top 6 of WorldSSP300 Race 1 in Aragon, full results here:
1Marc Garcia (Yamaha MS Racing)
2. Alvaro Diaz (Arco Motor University Team) +4.479s
3. Lennox Lehmann (Freudenberg KTM – Paligo Racing) +9.236s
4. Victor Steeman (MTM Kawasaki) +9.281s
5. Yuta Okaya (MTM Kawasaki) +9.388s
6. Inigo Iglesias (SMW Racing) +9.862s
WorldSSP300 Race 2 will start on Sunday at 3:15 p.m. Follow all the weekend action at the Pirelli Aragon Round with the WorldSBK VideoPass