The finalists had a short time to regroup ahead of Race 2, held over eight laps. And the drama started from Turn 1. First AndrewZH crashed when he touched the rear tyre of Juan_nh16 through the turn one hairpin. Incredibly trastevere73 then fell when attempting to pass Juan_nh16 five corners later, ensuring both of the former champions have serious work to do in the championship fight.
One reason why both were so aggressive on the opening lap was because of the pace of both Williams_Cristian and Williams_Adrian. The brothers were once again formation flying at the front, with the Suzuki rider this time taking an early lead from the factory KTM rider with a smart inside move at Turn 1. From there on he was never headed. While Williams_Adrian kept him honest throughout, Williams_Cristian took his first victory of season by 2.040s. Once again Juan_nh16 fought through from a bad qualifying to finish third.
There was great excitement in seeing the two former champions mount their respective comebacks. trastevere73 recovered to a fine fifth, a place behind the much-improved EleGhosT555 in fourth. AndrewZH had had his eyes on fourth place after an excellent ride through the pack, but the reigning Champion’s day went from bad to worse when Petronas SRT Yamaha’s Sanshoqueen t-boned him into the final corner on Lap 5. It meant both moe (sixth) and Davidegallina23 (seventh) finished ahead of him in eighth.
The results see Williams_Adrian increase his lead in the standings to a commanding 29 points. Williams_Cristian’s second and first places lift him to second overall, with trastevere73 still in the running in third, 34 points back. AndrewZH has it all to do from fifth and the Italian must recover 51 points should he wish to retain his title. But with double points on offer at the final round, there is all to play for!
The finalists now have more than three weeks to prepare for the crucial third of four rounds of the series, which will take place on Friday 30th October at 16:00 (GMT+1). Put it in your diary. You won’t want to miss it!
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