WSS: Jacobsen leads the way on opening day

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Patrick Jacobsen (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) made the most of his first day at Donington park by posting the fastest lap in combined free practice, edging himself 0.114 seconds ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing).

Local rider Gino Rea (Team GO ELEVEN Kawasaki) placed himself third at his home round.

Leader of the championship fight after five rounds, Lucas Mahias (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team), continued his strong form again by starting his weekend fourth out of the 34 riders on show at a sun-kissed Donington Park.

Top Honda rider was Jules Cluzel (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda), fifth, while his team-mate Hikari Okubo (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda) finished of the top six places, and overnight virtual second row.


Another locally-born rider, Kyle Smith (GEMAR Balloons - Team Lorini Honda) was seventh, and a run of four Honda riders in succession was completed by Christian Gamarino (BARDHAL EVAN BROS. Honda Racing) in eighth.

South African runner Sheridan Morais (Kallio Race System Yamaha) secured ninth spot and the last rider to automatically make it into Superpole 2 was Irishman Jack Kennedy (Profile Racing Triumph). Five different manufacturers were represented in the top ten places.

Luke Stapleford (Profile Racing Triumph) was 11th on day one at his home event and wildcard British rider Joe Francis (Halsall Racing Team Yamaha) was 13th, with Aussie rider Anthony West (EAB West Racing Yamaha) 14th. Kyle Ryde (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was 17th.

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Gordon Ritchie

By Gordon Ritchie