Alvaro Diaz (Arco Motor University Team) leads the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship standings thanks to three podiums won in the first two rounds, including his first victory and with 70 points to his credit. Marc Garcia (Yamaha MS Racing) is behind him, but is only eight points behind: the 2017 world champion in Aragon took a success and a second place home.
Riding on their Yamaha YZF-R3, Diaz and Garcia have won five of the six Yamaha podiums in 2022, while the other at the Iwata manufacturer gave it Mirko Gennai (Team BrCorse) finished third in Assen in Race 1. Of the 12 Yamaha riders present full-time on the grid, three reached the podium. For the Japanese manufacturer, this is an excellent start to the season and now the goal is to put an end to Kawasaki’s series of world championships. Of course, there is still some way to go again at the end of the 2022 season, but it is important that Yamaha has already won almost the same podiums from 2020 and 2021.
MASTER’S RETURN. Purpose: the second title
In this 2022 the outgoing world champion Adrian Huertas moved to WorldSSP: therefore Garcia and Diaz are the ones launching the Spanish attack in WorldSSP300. In the five-year history of this category, we have seen four Spanish world champions, and for the first time since 2017, we also have to seriously deal with Yamaha.
Garcia won the world championship in 2017 and thus went down in history as the first world champion ever in the WorldSSP300. His most recent victory dates back to 2020 at Magny-Cours. That’s why 2022, which so far sees him as a main character, is once again defending the colors of the MS Racing team, the same one he won the title with five years ago. In the first round – which took place in Aragon – he was again the main character and took home two podiums. As for his return to the team led by Felix GarridoGarcia said: “We came out of it very well from the start. Returning to this team was an extra motivation; we want to show the potential of the team and Yamaha again and try to win the championship again”.
At the age of 22, he is already one of the show’s veterans. Only two of the 32 riders at the start are older than him: the Barcelona rider won race 1 in Aragon and finished second in race 2, results that encourage him to go in search of the second world title in the WorldSSP300. If that is the case, he would be the first rider to reach this milestone: “It would be great to win the title again and be the only one to do it twice in this category. We have to keep running race after race, there is still a long way to go, but it is necessary to be positive and continue to work like that. “
AN EXPLOSIVE START: Diaz leads the position
Diaz, 18, rose to the international spotlight thanks to the good performances signed in 2021, the year he won the Spanish SBK Junior Championship with the same team he rides with in the world. “Last year I looked very strong when we won the Spanish championship and participated in some WorldSSP300 races as a wildcard. We have been working on this project for a year and have been with the Arco Motor University Team for almost five years: it is a long-term project ”.
The team consists of young engineers and students from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, a structure that differs from most teams, but which helps Diaz win races and fight for the championship: “We work on setting up the bike, on the chassis , on electronics and we are aware of our possibilities. We continue race by race. So far we have won three podiums, let’s see what happens … but yes, I see myself at the top and fighting, even though at the top are seven or eight riders, all of whom are very strong, and of course we should not rest on our laurels ”.
THE OTHERS COMPETE: Houses and teams fight for the honor
Further demonstration of Yamaha’s exceptional start to the 2022 season, two other riders riding the R3 after the first two laps are in the top ten in the standings. I am the aforementioned Gennai, currently number six with 44 points e Matteo Vannucci (AG Motorsport Italia Yamaha), tenth at 22.
Yamaha currently leads the constructors’ classification by 86 points, ten more than Kawasaki, which, however, with MTM Kawasaki and its Kawasaki Ninja 400s leads the team’s world championship with 86 points ahead of the other Kawasaki team in the Prodina Racing WorldSSP300. Yamaha MS Racing and Arco Motor University Team are very close to their rivals as they have 71 and 70 points respectively. Currently at the end of the Constructors’ standings and with only one rider online full time, KTM has won two podiums, both signed by Lennox Lehmann (Freudenberg KTM – Paligo Racing), as many as those achieved between 2019 and 2021.
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