Supersport lands for the first time on the Navarra track and it is Manuel Gonzalez who immediately establishes the hierarchies on the Spanish track. At the end of Friday’s free practice, the Spaniard is at the top of the times table, a combined that sees him excel even on the world leader. Author of an excellent time trial in the first session, the ParkinGo team rider shows up on Saturday in first position, followed by the Swiss and with Federico Caricasulo in pursuit.
Sixth place in the second round is enough for Gonzalez to be in the lead, with Dominique Aegerter paying only 16 thousandths in the combined, so the fight promises to be heated. Surprisingly, it is precisely the newly found Caricasulo who occupies the third place: in difficulty in the first part of the season with the GMT94 team, the Italian is currently in force at the Motoxracing team, where he seems to have found his dimension, so much so that he less than four tenths from the leader on Friday free practice.
A surprising combination also as regards the positions to follow, with Simon Jespersen who, present in Navarre to replace the injured Hannes Soomer, immediately moves to fourth place, however paying a delay of 488 thousandths from the top. Behind the Dane we find Jules Cluzel, fifth in the Spanish free practice Friday. The Frenchman has improved his time compared to the morning and this allows him to be in the top 5. He follows Randy Krummenacher, who in the return season is slowly climbing the slope and files the two free practice sessions with the sixth time trial.
The Navarra round starts a bit uphill for Steven Odendaal, eighth in the morning session. The Evan Bros team rider improved his time in the afternoon, climbing up to fifth place, but in the combined he does not go beyond the seventh time and pays six tenths from Gonzalez. His teammate Peter Sebestyen remains even more late, 22nd at the end of Friday’s free practice. The eighth time in today’s combined is for Luca Bernardi, while Niki Tuuli and Vertti Takala close the top 10, ninth and tenth respectively. For only four thousandths, Philipp Oettl remains out of the group of the top ten and puts the Friday free practice on file with the 11th fastest time.