2014 Imola World Supesport Race Result: Unlucky For Some

The World Supersport race would be seventeen laps on a windy track at 22ºC. 

Jules Cluzel would lead from pole position until Kenan Sofuoglu staked his claim on the victory on the second lap and Lorenzo Zanetti, quick all weekend, got past Cluzel and settled in behind Sofuoglu.

As assorted riders fell off, including Kev Coghlan at the back of the front pack, Kenan Sofuoglu dragged Lorenzo Zanetti away from the riders behind them. Jules Cluzel headed the charging pack of PJ Jacobsen, Florian Marino and Michael Van Der Mark. Marino and Van Der Mark pushed Jacobsen to sixth, but on lap six, Jules Cluzel ran off the track, riding at the limits of the MV Agusta to keep with the Hondas and Kawasakis, and dropping back substantially.

Michael Van Der Mark overtook Florian Marino, taking three attempts in a lap to make it stick, and the front six settled into their places for a quiet mid-race parade. Jules Cluzel tried to inject a little interest by crashing again, and he would eventually recover to fifteenth place.

On lap thirteen, after having extended his lead to a comfortable two seconds over Lorenzo Zanetti, Kenan Sofuoglu pulled into the pits at the end of the lap, gifting the lead to Zanetti with a mechanical failure.

Zanetti held his lead over Van Der Mark who in turn was safe from Marino, with Jacobsen out of a podium place a few seconds back. And white flags were waved.

With two laps remaining, white flags with red crosses showed up and unexpected drops of rain were reported in sector two. However, the surprise rain didn't slow anyone down and Lorenzo Zanetti took his first World Supersport win at his home round ahead of his teammate Michael Van Der Mark who now shares the championship lead with third placed Florian Marino.

And Kenan Sofuoglu's fated year takes another blow.


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
1 26 L. ZANETTI Honda CBR600RR   1'51.858 245,5
2 60 M. VD MARK Honda CBR600RR 2.072 1'52.062 247,8
3 21 F. MARINO Kawasaki ZX-6R 6.263 1'52.115 250,7
4 99 P. JACOBSEN Kawasaki ZX-6R 10.043 1'52.432 249,5
5 44 R. ROLFO Kawasaki ZX-6R 16.366 1'52.913 244,3
6 61 F. MENGHI Yamaha YZF R6 23.914 1'52.728 244,3
7 24 M. BUSSOLOTTI Honda CBR600RR 24.060 1'52.984 242,1
8 84 R. RUSSO Honda CBR600RR 24.150 1'53.016 244,3
9 19 K. WAHR Yamaha YZF R6 24.996 1'53.272 242,1
10 10 A. NOCCO Kawasaki ZX-6R 25.115 1'53.263 246,0
11 4 J. KENNEDY Honda CBR600RR 33.695 1'53.181 242,1
13 11 C. GAMARINO Kawasaki ZX-6R 39.322 1'53.828 249,5
14 9 T. COVEÑA Kawasaki ZX-6R 46.397 1'53.382 242,1
15 16 J. CLUZEL MV Agusta F3 675 54.935 1'52.455 247,8
16 89 F. ROGERS Honda CBR600RR 1'07.909 1'55.031 242,1
17 7 N. CALERO Honda CBR600RR 1'16.621 1'55.432 239,3
RET 54 K. SOFUOGLU Kawasaki ZX-6R 5 Laps 1'51.733 246,6
RET 161 A. IVANOV Yamaha YZF R6 5 Laps 1'55.898 241,0
RET 65 V. LEONOV MV Agusta F3 675 8 Laps 1'53.524 243,2
RET 25 A. BALDOLINI MV Agusta F3 675 11 Laps 1'55.161 236,1
RET 88 K. COGHLAN Yamaha YZF R6 16 Laps 247,8 1'51.524 249,5
RET 5 R. TAMBURINI Kawasaki ZX-6R 16 Laps 247,8 1'51.711 248,4
RET 14 R. WILAIROT Honda CBR600RR 188,8 1'52.994 245,5 9


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He was doing well. It's a shame he couldn't manage a podium. Still, he's headed in the right direction.

"The World Supersport race would be seventeen laps on a windy track at 22ºC. Jules Cluzel would lead from pole position..."

Well, was it? Did he?

I'm glad to see you changed to plain old past tense in the rest of the article, Jared. I don't think I would have made it to the end otherwise.