Lucas Mahias has produced a 0.658s advantage over nearest rival Jules Cluzel as he aims to seal his maiden World Supersport crown at the penultimate round at Jerez.

The GRT Yamaha rider controlled FP1 throughout at the top of the times before notching up a 1m 43.676s to storm clear of nearest rival Federico Caricasulo on the sister factory Yamaha. After a late flurry of fast laps Cluzel placed his CIA Landlords Insurance Honda second but couldn’t close the gap to within six-tenths of a second on Mahias.

With Caricasulo shuffled down to third late on, Michael Canducci, Niki Tuuli and Alessandro Zaccone kept the chasing bunch tightly packed with one-tenth of a second splitting second from sixth on the timesheet in FP1.

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Anthony West made a strong comeback to World Supersport as replacement for Kyle Ryde at Puccetti Kawasaki with seventh on the timesheet while Kenan Sofuoglu’s replacement Axel Bassani followed suit in eighth place.

Sofuoglu is out with a broken hip which means if Mahias concedes less than six points to Kallio Racing Yamaha’s Sheridan Morais he will secure the title with one round to spare. The odds of that already look strong with Morais ending FP1 down in 11th behind Hikari Okubo and PJ Jacobsen.