2014 Phillip Island World Supersport Race Results
The World Supersport race took part in a dry, 19°C day.
Kenan Sofuoglu took the lead from pole position, with Michael Van Der Mark in second ahead of Roberto Tamburini and PJ Jacobsen. On the second lap, Van Der Mark took the lead and Kev Coghlan joined the front two and, as Jacobsen pulled out with a technical problem, the three remaining at the front proceeded to make a gap from the rest, with Sofuoglu taking the lead once more, hounded by Coghlan and Van Der Mark.
On the seventh lap, Coghlan tried to pass Sofuoglu on the straight, but the three-time world champion was able to out brake him into the corner and remain in the lead until Jack Kennedy, a way back, blew his engine up and dumped oil on the track.
A red flag was waved and a five-lap restart was the order of the day.
After the restart, Kenan Sofuoglu dragged Florian Marino and Rafael De Rosa with him, as everyone pretty much went all-out in the five lap sprint. Michael Van Der Mark started to carve his way through to a podium spot, but it was all very close.
On the second lap of the sprint, Van Der Mark crashed out of third place with a rear slide and Sofuoglu mimicked him shortly after, losing the rear in a suspiciously similar fashion, handing first place to Marino with De Rosa, Coghlan and Jules Cluzel hot on his wheels.
With less than two laps left, it became a battle that would be won by the most aggressive non-crasher rather than the fastest bike, and that gave Kev Coghlan the lead when he passed the French duo of Marino and Cluzel, only to be passed by a masterful Cluzel finding grip and a gap.
Jules Cluzel held his wild lead to the finish line, giving MV Agusta their first World Championship race win since the Agostini days.
Cluzel is the only starter other than Sofuoglu to have won a World Supersport race, and his performance today shows why.
|1||16||J. CLUZEL||MV Agusta F3 675||1'33.917||277,6|
|2||88||K. COGHLAN||Yamaha YZF R6||0.224||1'34.081||278,4|
|3||35||R. DE ROSA||Honda CBR600RR||0.317||1'34.135||269,3|
|4||21||F. MARINO||Kawasaki ZX-6R||0.347||1'34.412||270,7|
|5||5||R. TAMBURINI||Kawasaki ZX-6R||0.822||1'33.883||279,1|
|6||19||K. WAHR||Yamaha YZF R6||4.010||1'34.570||272,7|
|7||81||G. GOWLAND||Triumph 675 R||5.282||1'34.984||271,4|
|8||84||R. RUSSO||Honda CBR600RR||5.310||1'34.670||276,9|
|9||61||F. MENGHI||Yamaha YZF R6||5.517||1'34.877||277,6|
|10||11||C. GAMARINO||Kawasaki ZX-6R||5.858||1'35.159||279,8|
|11||44||R. ROLFO||Kawasaki ZX-6R||6.491||1'34.850||270,0|
|12||9||T. COVEÑA||Kawasaki ZX-6R||7.873||1'35.377||273,4|
|13||7||N. CALERO||Honda CBR600RR||10.163||1'35.657||270,7|
|14||24||M. BUSSOLOTTI||Honda CBR600RR||12.406||1'35.949||267,3|
|15||89||F. ROGERS||Honda CBR600RR||12.622||1'36.113||276,2|
|16||52||R. TAYLOR||Yamaha YZF R6||12.845||1'36.448||264,7|
|17||161||A. IVANOV||Yamaha YZF R6||12.892||1'36.128||272,0|
|RET||14||R. WILAIROT||Honda CBR600RR||2 Laps||1'34.344||276,9|
|RET||67||B. STARING||Honda CBR600RR||3 Laps||1'35.240||264,7|
|RET||60||M. VD MARK||Honda CBR600RR||3 Laps||1'51.689||277,6|
|RET||54||K. SOFUOGLU||Kawasaki ZX-6R||4 Laps||1'32.769||266,0|