2014 Assen World Supersport Race: Still No Rain, Lap Record Falls

World Supersport at Assen was free of rain, even though the edges were still damp from the early morning rain, and the grandstands were packed to the gunwales.

Kenan Sofuoglu got the best start and led by the first turn, with Florian Marino and Michael Van Der Mark right on his tail. Van Der Mark took second place at the start of the second lap and took the lead halfway round when Sofuoglu hit a wet patch and was forced back to seventh.

Van Der Mark set about lapping at record pace and teasing a gap from Marino while Marino had his own gap to build ahead of the battle of Jack Kennedy, Lorenzo Zanetti, Jules Cluzel and Kev Coghlan, a group Kenan Sofuoglu would have to claw his way through to keep his chances alive.

And claw through he did. In just two laps, Sofuoglu was up to third place and intent on catching Marino. The fight eventually took its toll with Jack Kennedy losing the front trying to take back a quick and scrappy Jules Cluzel.

The lead kept stretching, as Michael Van Der Mark just kept ticking off the laps, greeted by increasing numbers on his pit board and raucous applause from the grandstands every lap. Kenan Sofuoglu, however, was closing on Florian Marino's second place and was showing the sort of pace that kept his hopes alive.

However, this was to be Van Der Mark's day. Kenan Sofuoglu retired with a mechanical issue five laps from the end, looking at the right side of the bike and just drifting off the track slowly. Van Der Mark, earning the Magic Michael he has written on his leathers, would not slow down, maintaining his demoralising pace right to the flag where he became only the third active Supersport rider to win a race, throwing his hat firmly into the championship ring.

Florian Marino took a quiet second pace and Jules Cluzel won his race-long fight with Kev Coghlan and Lorenzo Zanetti for third. Florian Marino takes the lead in the title chase, ahead of Michael Van Der Mark, Kev Coghlan and Jules Cluzel. Title favourite Kenan Sofuoglu is back in seventh.


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
1 60 M. VD MARK Honda CBR600RR   1'38.587 251,5
2 21 F. MARINO Kawasaki ZX-6R 9.494 1'38.776 250,9
3 16 J. CLUZEL MV Agusta F3 675 14.988 1'39.410 255,1
4 88 K. COGHLAN Yamaha YZF R6 17.131 1'38.996 253,3
5 26 L. ZANETTI Honda CBR600RR 17.430 1'39.337 255,7
6 44 R. ROLFO Kawasaki ZX-6R 20.266 1'39.331 251,5
7 5 R. TAMBURINI Kawasaki ZX-6R 20.662 1'39.552 254,5
8 35 R. DE ROSA Honda CBR600RR 21.370 1'39.658 252,1
9 99 P. JACOBSEN Kawasaki ZX-6R 23.557 1'39.733 253,3
10 19 K. WAHR Yamaha YZF R6 25.908 1'39.935 248,6
11 24 M. BUSSOLOTTI Honda CBR600RR 26.051 1'39.839 248,0
12 65 V. LEONOV MV Agusta F3 675 27.815 1'39.774 249,2
13 14 R. WILAIROT Honda CBR600RR 30.450 1'39.958 250,9
14 84 R. RUSSO Honda CBR600RR 39.705 1'40.194 247,4
15 61 F. MENGHI Yamaha YZF R6 50.214 1'40.597 249,2
16 55 P. BIJSTERBOSCH Yamaha YZF R6 1'01.685 1'41.478 245,2
17 7 N. CALERO Honda CBR600RR 1'02.043 1'41.188 249,2
18 10 A. NOCCO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'02.534 1'41.300 247,4
19 89 F. ROGERS Honda CBR600RR 1'21.586 1'42.128 251,5
20 161 A. IVANOV Yamaha YZF R6 1 Lap 1'42.307 250,3
21 9 T. COVEÑA Kawasaki ZX-6R 1 Lap 1'43.349 250,3
RET 54 K. SOFUOGLU Kawasaki ZX-6R 6 Laps 1'38.749 253,3
RET 4 J. KENNEDY Honda CBR600RR 10 Laps 1'39.292 248,0
RET 11 C. GAMARINO Kawasaki ZX-6R 13 Laps 1'39.816 252,1


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Am I the only one that saw Florian Marino rolling his bike ever so slightly just before the lights went out?

I just rewatched that moment. You are right about the rolling, but the bike does not touch or cross the line before the lights go out.
What is the definition of a jumpstart in WSS?

14) A red light will be displayed for between 2 and 5 seconds. The red light will go out to start the race
Any rider who anticipates the start will be required to carry out the ride through Procedure described under article 1.20.
Anticipation of the start is defined by the motorcycle moving forward when the red lights are on. The Race Direction will decide if a penalty will be imposed and must arrange for the team to be notified of such penalty before the end of the fourth lap.