WorldSSP300 – Garcia storms to victory in France

With just two rounds remaining of the FIM Supersport World 300 Championship, Marc Garcia (Halcourier Racing) has made a big step towards his title fight, as he took a stunning victory in the closing laps in France.

Marc Garcia
Marc Garcia

Mika Perez (WILSport Racedays) took the lead in the opening laps, as the fight for the victory in the 12 lap thriller developed, there were nine riders in with a chance of finishing in the top three positions. With the title fight fresh on the mind of the WorldSSP300 youngsters, no one was giving up and one second covered the top four.

Alfonso Coppola (SK Racing), who could have taken the title this weekend was up and the front for the majority of the race however the chasing pack wouldn’t let the Italian break away, and the battle boiled down to the final lap. With the final corners pivotal for the WorldSSP300 riders, it was anyone’s chance to take the lead but ultimately Garcia shot through on the final laps.

World SSP300 Field
World SSP300 Field

Robert Schotman (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP300 Team) secured his debut podium in the series, as the Dutch rider was an early race leader but was able to secure a solid podium finish, behind Coppola. Despite being unable to secure the championship, Coppola was crowned the bLU cRU champion following a strong lead on the YZF-R3. Despite the world championship crown not being decided in France, the Halcourier Racing team were crowned the team champions, whilst Yamaha took the manufacturers crown.

Marc Garcia
Marc Garcia
Marc Garcia (Halcourier Racing) – P1

“I pushed every lap and I’m really happy for the victory. My objective is to go to Jerez in first position in the championship to fight for the title, and I did it so I’m really happy for that”

WSSP300 Podium - Magny-Cours
WSSP300 Podium – Magny-Cours
FrenchWorldSBK – WorldSSP300 Race
  1. Marc Garcia (ESP) Yamaha
  2. Alfonso Coppola (ITA) Yamaha +0.273
  3. Robert Schotman (NED) Yamaha +0.646
WorldSBK WSS300 Results
WorldSBK WSS300 Results
WorldSSP300 Championship Standings Pirelli French Round
  1. Marc Garcia 126 Yamaha
  2. Alfonso Coppola 122 Yamaha
  3. Mika Perez 96 Honda
  4. Scott Deroue 91 Kawasaki
  5. Borja Sánchez 78 Yamaha
  6. Daniel Valle 74 Yamaha
  7. Robert Schotman 68 Yamaha
  8. Dorren Loureiro 58 Yamaha
  9. Ana Carrasco 57 Kawasaki
  10. Armando Pontone 41 Yamaha
  11. Mykyta Kalinin 40 Yamaha
  12. Paolo Grassia 39 Honda
  13. Alex Murley 26 Yamaha
  14. Giuseppe De Gruttola 25 Yamaha
  15. Glenn Van Straalen 20 Honda
  16. Jacopo Facco 20 Yamaha
  17. Angelo Licciardi 19 Yamaha
  18. Paolo Giacomini 17 Yamaha
  19. Ali Adriansyah Rusmiputro 16 Yamaha
  20. Harun Cabuk 15 Kawasaki

STK1000 – Last lap glory for Guarnoni in front of home fans

In the Superstock 1000 European Championship race at the Pirelli French Round a great last lap battle between two home riders, Jeremy Guarnoni (Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) and Florian Marino (Pata Yamaha Official STK1000 Team), saw Guarnoni take a tight victory over his compatriot Marino. Italian rider Federico Sandi (Berclaz Racing Team) took third place to complete the podium.

Jeremy Guarnoni
Jeremy Guarnoni

Guarnoni got the better of Marino in the final stages of the race, outpacing his fellow Frenchman on the last lap to ultimately cross the finish line by a 0.414s winning margin for another Magny-Cours triumph. The second place result for Marino, meanwhile, keeps him in the title fight going into the final round at Jerez in three weeks’ time.

In third place Sandi was followed across the line by fourth placed Roberto Tamburini (PATA Yamaha Official STK 1000 Team), who started the race on pole.

Illia Mykhalchyk (TripleM Racing), Mike Jones (Aruba.it Racing – Junior Team), Sebastien Suchet (Berclaz Racing Team), Luca Vitali (Nuova M2 Racing), Maximilian Scheib (Nuova M2 Racing) and Michael Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Junior Team) completed the top ten. Rinaldi holds the lead in the standings, eight points ahead of Marino with one round to go.

Championship contender Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) missed the race due to injury (right shoulder dislocation) after a crash in FP3 on Saturday and he now trails Rinaldi by 14 points in the championship.

WorldSBK Superstock 1000 - Magny-Cours Results
WorldSBK Superstock 1000 – Magny-Cours Results
World STK1000 Championship Standings Pirelli French Round
  1. Michael Ruben Rinaldi 128 Ducati
  2. Florian Marino 120 Yamaha
  3. Toprak Razgatlioglu 114 Kawasaki
  4. Roberto Tamburini 95 Yamaha
  5. Jeremy Guarnoni 84 Kawasaki
  6. Mike Jones 72 Ducati
  7. Maximilian Scheib 64 Aprilia
  8. Marco Faccani 61 BMW
  9. Luca Vitali 60 Aprilia
  10. Federico Sandi 56 BMW
  11. Sebastien Suchet 55 BMW
  12. Illia Mykhalchyk 46 Kawasaki
  13. Julian Puffe 23 BMW
  14. Marvin Fritz 21 Yamaha
  15. Alex Schacht 20 Ducati
  16. Matteo Ferrari 14 BMW
  17. Danny De Boer 13 BMW
  18. Toni Finsterbusch 9 Kawasaki
  19. Emanuele Pusceddu 9 BMW
  20. Luca Marconi 8 Yamaha