Lucas Mahias has held on to top spot in FP2 at Jerez ahead of his first opportunity to seal a maiden World Supersport title despite falling off midway through the afternoon session.

The GRT Yamaha rider can seal the title is he finishes first or second in the Jerez race with main championship rival Kenan Sofuoglu out of action due to a broken hip suffered in Magny-Cours last time out.

Having comfortably headed up FP1, Mahias looked well set but during a long run he low-sided off at turn 9 halfway through the second session. The French rider was able to dust himself off and after his YZF-R6 was quickly repaired he returned for the final six minutes of track action to set a new outright fastest time of 1m 43.521s.

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Mahias’s time pushed out his advantage over nearest rival Jules Cluzel on the CIA Landlords Insurance Honda to 0.176s at the resurfaced Spanish circuit, with Puccetti Junior Kawasaki rider Michael Canducci rising late on to take third place ahead of Federico Caricasulo on the second factory Yamaha rider.

PJ Jacobsen led the MV Agusta charge in fifth place in front of Profile Racing Triumph’s Luke Stapleford and a second MV Agusta of Lorenzo Zanetti in seventh.

Niki Tuuli led Kallio Racing Yamaha team-mate Sheridan Morais as both booked a place automatically into Superpole 2 with Christian Gamarino on the Bardahl Evan Bros Honda completing the top ten contenders.