Breakthrough for Bayliss | Top Ten for Edwards and fighting return for Currie

2022 FIM Supersport World Championship
Round Three – Estoril

Estoril WorldSSP600 Race Two

After a downpour of rain on Sunday, conditions improved slightly ahead of the second Supersport race of the weekend at Estoril, however, as drops of rain lingered in the air, it was set to be a tense 18-lap affair with the riders sticking to slick tire choices.

Oli Bayliss – Estoril WorldSSP 2022

As the race got underway, the rain started to fall, creating a fierce nine-rider battle at the front. Slipping to sixth in the early stages, Dominique Aegerter played on his experience, adapting to the changing conditions before making progress in the second half of the race. Picking off riders one by one, the Swiss rider briefly took the lead with 11 laps to go but Kawasaki’s Can Öncü immediately responded.

Lorenzo Baldassarri – Estoril World Supersport 2022

After battling with Evan Bros’ Lorenzo Baldassarri for second, Aegerter then pulled the pin, reclaiming the lead with six to go. From there, the 31-year-old never looked back, opening a comfortable two second lead to take victory. Meanwhile, a hard-charging Kyle Smith had worked his way up to third place and made his move on Baldassari for second. Unable to catch the leader, the British rider crossed the line in second to take his first podium of the Baldassarri season an all-Yamaha podium.

Can Öncü going up the inside of Dominique Aegerter

Can Öncü led the race more than once and Yari Montella came close to what would have been his first WorldSSP podium, losing out to Lorenzo Baldassarri by only 0.105 seconds.

Oli Bayliss fought his way forward through to sixth place – Estoril WorldSSP 2022

Oli Bayliss missed out on fifth by a nose, crossing the stripe less than five-hundredths behind Oncu at the flag, that sixth place is a breakthrough for the Aussie teenager. Bayliss was also the top finishing Ducati.

Oli Bayliss chasing Can Oncu and Yari Montella – Estoril World Supersport 2022

Another rider who claimed their best result to date was Adrian Huertas (MTM Kawasaki) as the reigning WorldSSP300 Champion secured seventh.

Reigning WorldSSP300 Champion Adrian Huertas (MTM Kawasaki) scored his best result to date with seventh.
Reigning WorldSSP300 Champion Adrian Huertas (MTM Kawasaki) scored his best result to date with seventh – Estoril World Supersport 2022

Glenn van Straalen (EAB Racing Team) finished in eighth place as he looked to fight his way up the order, finishing more than nine seconds clear of Wildcard entrant Tom Edwards (Yart – Yamaha WorldSSP).

Tom Edwards – Estoril WorldSSP 2022 – Image 2snap

Tom Edwards worked his way into the top ten after starting from 20th on the YART YZF-R6, a great result for the 20-year-old.

The youngest rider on the grid, Ondrej Vostatek (MS Racing Yamaha WorldSSP), equaled his best result to date with tenth, finishing just 0.019s behind Edwards.

Ben Currie – Estoril WorldSSP 2022 – Image 2snap

Coming back from extensive pre-season injuries, Ben Currie (Motozoo Racing by Puccetti Kawasaki) made a strong return to the track this weekend.

Ben Currie – Estoril WorldSSP 2022 – Image 2snap

Despite starting from the last row on the grid, Currie worked his way up into the points with a 15th place finish.

The sixth place finish for Bayliss is the best result for an Aussie in the category since Anthony West also claimed sixth at Misano in 2018.

Oli Bayliss – P6

“Sixth place in race two today, and I’m more than happy with that! I went into race two with the goal of hopefully getting into the top ten, after the solid result in race one, and the Barni Racing Team and I have by far exceeded our expectations.

Oli Bayliss – Estoril WorldSSP 2022

“It was a tricky race, in terms of the weather, but thanks to the team getting me comfortable on the Ducati Panigale V2, I felt confident in being able to push hard throughout the whole race.

Oli Bayliss – Estoril WorldSSP 2022

“Our first top ten finish as a team is something to celebrate and it gives us a lot of confidence heading into the next round of the championship at the Misano World Circuit, which is a home round for the team.

Oli Bayliss – Estoril WorldSSP 2022

“Massive thanks once again to the team, our team sponsors and all the support from everyone. I really do appreciate all the messages of support. In terms of the championship, we now jump from 18th to 14th spot in the title fight with 21-points now on the board. We are looking forward to hopefully getting a bit higher in the standings as the championship moves on throughout the year.”

Oli Bayliss – Estoril WorldSSP 2022

World Supersport will take a short break before returning to action in Italy for the Pirelli Emilia-Romagna Round across the weekend of 10-12th June.

Estoril WorldSSP Race Two Results

Pos Rider Nat Gap
1 D. AEGERTER SUI
2 K. SMITH GBR +2.344
3 L. BALDASSARRI ITA +3.762
4 Y MONTELLA ITA +3.867
5 C. ONCU TU +4.657
6 O. BAYLISS AUS +4.704
7 A. HUERTAS ESP +6.218
8 G. VAN STRAALEN NED +8.562
9 T. EDWARDS AUS +17.876
10 O. VOSTATEK CZE +17.895
11 L. OTTAVIANI ITA +18.818
12 H. SOOMER EST +20,252
13 P. SEBESTYEN HUN +26,613
14 B. SOFUOGLU TU +32.668
15th B. CURRIE AUS +44.988
16 M. KOFLER AUTO +45.087
17 J. BUIS NED +1’32.069
18 M. BRENNER SUI +1’36.773
Not Classified
RET S. JESPERSEN DENE 2 Laps
RET N. BULEGA ITA 3 Laps
RET R. DE ROSA ITA 5 Laps
RET U.ORRADRE ESP 6 Laps
RET S. MANZI ITA 8 Laps
RET F. CARICASULO ITA 12 Laps
RET F. FULIGNI ITA 16 Laps
RET S. KROEZE NED 16 Laps
RET J. CLUZEL FR 16 Laps
RET F. FULIGNI ITA

WorldSSP Championship Points

Pos Rider Man. Points
1 Dominique Aegerter Yamaha 145
2 Lorenzo Baldassarri Yamaha 101
3 Nicolo Bulega Ducati 72
4 Glenn Van Straalen Yamaha 63
5 Can Oncu Kawasaki 56
6 Yari Montella Kawasaki 43
7 Niki Tuli MV Agusta 40
8 Hannes Soomer Triumph 35
9 Federico Caricasulo Ducati 34
10 Adrian Huertas Kawasaki 34
11 Kyle Smith Yamaha 33
12 Stefano Manzi Triumph 27
13 Jules Cluzel Yamaha 23
14 Oliver Bayliss Ducati 21
15th Patrick Hobelsberger Yamaha 17
16 Raffaele De Rosa Ducati 15th
17 Bahattin Sofuoglu MV Agusta 15th
18 Ondrej Vostatek Yamaha 12
19 Leonardo Taccini Yamaha 11
20 Andy Verdoia Yamaha 8
21 Tom Edwards Yamaha 7
22 Luca Ottaviani Yamaha 5
23 Marcel Brenner Yamaha 5
24 Peter Sebestyen Yamaha 5
26 Unai Orradre Yamaha 5
27 Thomas Booth-Amos Kawasaki 4
28 Simon Jespersen Yamaha 3
29 Benjamin Currie Kawasaki 1

2022 WorldSBK Calendar

Date Track Class
Apr 8-10 Aragon SBK/SSP/SSP300
Apr 22-24 Assen SBK/SSP/SSP300
May 20-22 Estoril SBK/SSP/SSP300
Jun 10-12 Misano SBK/SSP/SSP300
July 15-17 Donington Park SBK/SSP
July 29-31 Autodrom Most SBK/SSP/SSP300
Sept 9-11 Magny-Cours SBK/SSP/SSP300
Sept 23-25 Catalunya SBK/SSP/SSP300
Oct 7-9 Algarve SBK/SSP/SSP300
Oct 21-23 Circuito San Juan Villicum SBK/SSP
Nov 11-13 Mandalika SBK/SSP
Nov 18-20 Phillip Island SBK/SSP

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