Press releases from the series organizers and teams after Sunday's World Superbike round at Magny-Cours:
The World Supersport race was shortened for scheduling, and it was still damp enough for everyone to fit intermediate tyres. The race started with Kenan Sofuoglu having to fight his way past Lucas Mahias and a very quick off the mark Kyle Smith to take the lead.
Once clear, Sofuoglu built a five second lead in three laps with PJ Jacobsen in second seeing his title hopes disappearing into the distance. Then, a red flag came out for fluid on the track and they would have to start again.
The restart was a dry eleven lap race, starting from their positions in the shortened session as opposed to their qualifying positions, with the front row being Kenan Sofuoglu, PJ Jacobsen and Kevin Wahr. Baldolini would not start, leaving a gap on the second row.
Press releases from the organizers and teams after qualifying at Magny-Cours:
World Supersport qualifying wasn't any drier than Superpole.
PJ Jacobsen pipped fast local man Lucas Mahias and title rival Kenan Sofuoglu while Alex Baldolini sneaked into the top four. Sofuoglu's time from the Friday morning is still the quickest of the weekend so far.
Press releases after the first day of practice at Magny-Cours:
Lucas Mahias leads the session ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu and PJ Jacobsen. Gino Rea missed out on this session having crashed spectacularly at the end of this morning's session, ending it prematurely.
Kenan Sofuoglu ended the session with over a second between himself and third quickest. The fast Frenchman Lucas Mahias was the only rider able to get close to him, just under four seconds back. PJ Jacobsen, Gino Rea and Marco Faccani were within a second and a half of Sofuoglu's time. Jules Cluzel's qualifying time from last year of 1'40.550 is still over a second off, though.
Press releases from the teams and series organizers after the World Superbike and World Supersport races at Jerez:
With Jules Cluzel out of the race this weekend, it would fall to PJ Jacobsen to keep championship leader Kenan Sofuoglu in check.
With air temperatures of 31°C and track temperatures eleven degrees above that, Kenan Sofuoglu was clear favourite for pole position, especially as his main rival Jules Cluzel is out.
Kenan Sofuoglu retains his top spot with PJ Jacobsen just over two tenths of a second off. Jules Cluzel and his MV Agusta teammate Lorenzo Zanetti were within half a second of Sofuoglu's time.
Kenan Sofuoglu and Jules Cluzel open the weekend with a resumption of their title fight, with Gino Rea half a second behind.