The 2019 FIM World Supersport 300 Championship headed to Italy’s Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli for the fifth round at the Pata Riviera Di Rimini Round, June 21-23.
Phillip Island Circuit backed Tom Bramich (Carl Cox-RT Motorsports by SKM-Kawasaki) was ready to build on his learnings from the first four rounds and show what he was capable of.
The 22-year-old Australian wasted no time at the Italian circuit, starting his weekend strong and producing a season-best result.
“Some aspects of the race weekend were really good and others were beyond disappointing”
With more than 50 riders on the 2019 WorldSSP300 grid, practice and qualifying sessions are split into Group A and Group B, with the top 30 from the two groups qualifying for Sunday’s race. For all riders who qualify outside of the top 30, they are granted one final opportunity to line up on the grid with a ‘last chance’ race on Saturday afternoon, and the top six over the line will compete in Sunday’s main race.
Bramich, in Group B continually improved throughout Friday’s practice sessions to end the day a mere 1.7 seconds from the front.
Moving into Saturday the weather turned inclement, and Free Practice 3 was held in a combination of conditions with the track partially drying during the session. Conditions that suited Bramich well and placed him in 3rd position overall.
“I instantly had a good feeling in these conditions”
As Group B’s qualifying approached, the weather continued to worsen. Building upon his successful FP3, Bramich was able to gain momentum lap by lap and was consistently in the top 3 as the clock ticked down. A small mistake on the last flying lap placed the Aussie in P4 for the group, and P8 overall – his strongest qualifying result for 2019 and enough to progress him directly into Sunday’s main race.
Tom came out flying on race day, utilising his strong grid position and gaining three positions in the opening corners. Unfortunately, he lost the front of his Kawasaki Ninja 400 heading into Turn 5 on the first lap and the Aussie crashed out of 5th position.
“It’s a really disappointing end to what was a really positive and successful weekend. We’ll bounce back strong at Donington”
The 2019 FIM World Supersport 300 Championship heads to Donington Park for the Prosecco DOC UK Round, July 5-7.
View the full WorldSSP 300 race report here www.worldsbk.com