2014 Donington World Supersport Race Results

World Supersport was dry, with 16-degree air temperature and 27-degree track temperature.

Kenan Sofuoglu took the lead ahead of a pack of five riders who constantly jostled for position for ten laps behind him, right up to the point Sofuoglu's engine started spewing smoke, adding to his misfortune, and making it look like his race had ended. However, as Kev Coghlan, Lorenzo Zanetti, Jules Cluzel, Michael Van Der Mark and PJ Jacobsen passed the stricken Kawasaki, it came back to life and Sofuoglu was able to resume his race.

Jules Cluzel forced his way past Kev Coghlan for the lead as Jacobsen fell off the back of the leading four, leaving Lorenzo Zanetti and Michael Van Der Mark to try to keep up. With six laps left, Zanetti's bike gave up the ghost, belching white smoke, while Van Der Mark caught and passed Kev Coghlan and turned his sights to Jules Cluzel, catching and passing him for the lead with four laps remaining.

Behind the leaders, Kenan Sofuoglu was closing in on Kev Coghlan, turning a two second gap it two tenths. Michael Van Der Mark held the lead, in spite of many attempts from an ankle biting Jules Cluzel, and the pair crossed the line separated by under two tenths of a second. Kev Coghlan maintained his cool and took third place ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu.

Michael Van Der Mark took the victory and now leads the championship on his own, fourteen points clear of Florian Marino.


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
1 60 M. VD MARK Honda CBR600RR   1'31.483 245,0
2 16 J. CLUZEL MV Agusta F3 675 0.114 1'31.717 249,0
3 88 K. COGHLAN Yamaha YZF R6 1.266 1'31.727 243,9
4 54 K. SOFUOGLU Kawasaki ZX-6R 1.556 1'31.578 243,4
5 21 F. MARINO Kawasaki ZX-6R 7.472 1'32.007 244,5
6 99 P. JACOBSEN Kawasaki ZX-6R 10.557 1'31.862 243,9
7 4 J. KENNEDY Honda CBR600RR 13.952 1'32.233 242,3
8 5 R. TAMBURINI Kawasaki ZX-6R 14.783 1'32.287 242,3
9 35 R. DE ROSA Honda CBR600RR 15.363 1'32.134 241,2
10 44 R. ROLFO Kawasaki ZX-6R 16.585 1'32.343 240,1
11 24 M. BUSSOLOTTI Honda CBR600RR 22.829 1'32.283 239,1
12 14 R. WILAIROT Honda CBR600RR 24.005 1'32.410 243,4
13 84 R. RUSSO Honda CBR600RR 38.908 1'32.800 239,6
14 10 A. NOCCO Kawasaki ZX-6R 45.198 1'33.783 237,5
15 65 V. LEONOV MV Agusta F3 675 46.175 1'32.784 237,0
16 94 S. HORNSEY Triumph Daytona 675 54.335 1'34.085 239,1
17 9 T. COVEÑA Kawasaki ZX-6R 59.218 1'34.445 239,1
18 89 F. ROGERS Honda CBR600RR 1'08.703 1'34.760 241,7
19 11 C. GAMARINO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'11.424 1'34.598 241,7
20 161 A. IVANOV Yamaha YZF R6 1 Lap 1'35.830 243,4
RET 26 L. ZANETTI Honda CBR600RR 6 Laps 1'31.862 245,0
RET 61 F. MENGHI Yamaha YZF R6 9 Laps 1'34.138 239,1
RET 19 K. WAHR Yamaha YZF R6 14 Laps 1'32.574 240,7


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It seemed to me, like Dutch Eurosport commentator Patrick van den Goorbergh said, that the smoke from Sofuoglu's Kawasaki was coming from a loose fairing rubbing the front tyre, not from engine trouble. That's why he could carry on.

Besides that: impressive ride by Michael van der Mark! (Note to Jared from me as a Dutchman: 'van der' is not written with capitals. Only if it is written without the first name, 'Van' gets a capital as being the first letter of the name.)
Michael has shown that he can battle and also to have a strong finish in races. He is becoming a very serious contenter for the title now! That has been a while, for us Dutchies...