A weekend full of emotions for Domino, on track at Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari for the fifth round of the season.
Turkish legend Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) chose the Italian race to celebrate his withdrawal from the competitions.
Sitting out of three of the four opening rounds of the 2018 championship, and narrowly missing out on retaining the WorldSSP title in 2017, the five-time FIM Supersport World Champion announced his decision because of the injuries in last year's bad crash at Magny Cours, France.
On Sunday he reached the third position on the grid but then, after the alignment lap, he returned to the pit lane under the warm greeting of the numerous spectators. Now begins a new chapter of his career in rider coaching and mentoring.
Good luck from the whole Domino Company.
GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team's Federico Caricasulo secured his third podium of the season in his home race. The 22-year-old Italian charged from fourth on the grid and was battling for the race win right until the chequered flag before crossing the line in second and missing out on the victory by just 0.363s. Reigning WorldSSP Champion, Lucas Mahias, started from pole and broke away in the early stages of the race before a small crash on lap 5 saw him re-join in 20th place. In a sensational fightback, he carved his way through the field to secure eighth at the line and limit the damage to his 2018 championship aspirations.
Excellent fifth place for Randy Krummencher (Bardhal Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team), who becomes the new leader of the standings with 81 points.
Next round is on May 27th at Donington Park, England.