The brand new category has officially started with its first ever race weekend. As I already wrote in the preview, it is supposed to be the World Championship but as this is its inaugural season it will be only European Championship this year. The first race weekend of this category was in Aragon, Spain.
They have similar format as World SBK and World SSP categories with Superpole 1 and Superpole 2 to determine the starting grid.
Dutchman Scott Deroue with Kawasaki was on pole position. Mika Pérez (Honda) and Mykyta Kalinin (Yamaha) completed the front row.
Daniel Valle, Robert Schotman and Borja Sánchez was in the second row. Wild card rider Marc García, Giuseppe De Gruttola and Paolo Grassia was in the third row.
Mykyta Kalinin from Ukraine was the one who was leading from the start. Mika Pérez was chasing him and after a few laps these two guys made an advantage of some seconds ahead of the others.
But Kalinin crashed from the lead. Pérez went into the lead then. He had about 2 seconds of margin. Behind him there was a group of Valle, Deroue, García, Sánchez, De Gruttola and Schotman.
But later García had technical problem and Schotman crashed.
Scott Deroue was leading the group and trying to catch Pérez. And he really managed to do it. Together with Valle and Schotman (before his crash) he did catch the Spaniard. They all were able to overtake him.
Last few laps were mainly between Deroue and Valle. In the end it was Deroue who was the better one and who became the historic first ever winner of WorldSSP300 race!
Daniel Valle was second just by 0.047 sec.! Mika Pérez then saved at least third place.
Borja Sánchez was 4th, Angelo Licciardo 5th, Paolo Grassia 6th, Giuseppe De Gruttola 7th, Dorren Loureiro 8th, Paolo Giacomini 9th and Ana Carrasco completed top 10. Well done to her!
Alfonso Coppola was 11th, Manuel Bastianelli 12th, Alex Murley 13th, Harun Cabuk 14th, Armando Pontone 15th.
You can see the full race results here.
It was very exciting and great start of the new category. I am personally very curious about what will come in the next races.
As it was the first race the Championship standings is of course same as the race results.
Next race weekend will be from 28th to 30th April and the riders and teams will move for it to the Netherlends, Assen.
Photo: World SBK