Switzerland’s Randy Krummenacher was in a class of his own as he bolted to top spot in WorldSSP first practice but there was late drama for the championship leader as he crashed heavily at turn two.
The Bardahl Yamaha man was able to walk away from the incident and his time was enough to secure top spot. Subsequently, medical staff diagnosed a left knee deep abrasion, with multiple contusions but Krummenacher has been declared fit.
Jules Cluzel (GMT94 YAMAHA) spent most of the session in the lower end of the top eight but soon came up to second. Federico Caricasulo was third but was over three tenths behind Krummenacher for the entirety of the session – the second sector proving tricky for the Italian.
In fourth was Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) whilst rookie Isaac Viñales (Kallio Racing) was fifth.
Raffaele De Rosa (MV AGUSTA Reparto Corse) was sixth but suffered a crash with just over half an hour of the session left to run.
In seventh position, Britain’s Kyle Smith (Team Pedercini Racing) put himself in good order to take the ESS crown this weekend. Smith’s teammate Ayrton Badovini was eighth, ahead of Corentin Perolari (GMT94 YAMAHA) and Jules Danilo (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda), showing promise to represent all four WorldSSP manufacturers inside the top ten.
Missing from this weekend’s action is Thomas Gradinger (Kallio Racing), who injured himself during the summer break, as well as Hannes Soomer (MPM WILSport Racedays). Miquel Pons (H43 Team NOBBY TALASUR-BLUMAQ) is a wildcard this weekend and finished 16th. Krummenacher’s accident has resulted in him going to the medical centre for a check-up.