2014 Magny-Cours World Supersport Race: Attrition And Air Fences

Jules Cluzel wore comedy windscreen wiper glasses on the grid, reminding us that this would be a race on a wet track. Like the World Superbike race, this too was reduced, to seventeen laps.

Kenan Sofuoglu took the lead in a heavily contested first lap, with five riders involved in one crash in the middle of the pack, leading Jules Cluzel, Lucas Mahias and Michael van der Mark until Mahias crashed out, losing control in the wet and watching his bike plough into an air fence. 

Sofuoglu was significantly faster than anyone else, making three seconds a lap on most of the field, in spite of suffering from a misting visor. Every lap, he opened his visor to circulate the air and, even with this distraction, he was still building an insurmountable lead until, ten seconds ahead of Jules Cluzel who was himself over twenty seconds clear of Lorenzo Zanetti and Florian Marino, he modified his front brake setting and then instantly crashed, applying too much pressure on the front brake. As he tried to pick up his bike, Cluzel stormed past, and Sofuoglu could still have made it back in second place, but his bike was damaged beyond a restart.

Michael van der Mark crashed on the seventh lap, but he was able to pick his bike up and get restarted, dropping from third to seventh. After the Sofuoglu crash, he pushed through slower riders and forced his way through to second place in one lap, still over twenty seconds behind Jules Cluzel. With thirteen laps completed, the air fence that was damaged earlier was pronounced dead and the red flags came out. Enough laps were completed for a full result to be declared and Jules Cluzel won the race with a clear lead.

Michael van der Mark continued his run of first or second places and Roberto Rolfo showed his experience from a seventeenth place start to a third place podium.

Jules Cluzel now has twelve points more than Florian Marino, retaking second place in the championship.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
1 16 J. CLUZEL MV Agusta F3 675   1'58.193 251,7
2 60 M. VD MARK Honda CBR600RR 20.274 1'58.175 247,7
3 44 R. ROLFO Kawasaki ZX-6R 24.232 1'58.687 240,0
4 26 L. ZANETTI Honda CBR600RR 24.911 1'59.421 237,9
5 21 F. MARINO Kawasaki ZX-6R 26.599 2'00.239 250,0
6 88 K. COGHLAN Yamaha YZF R6 26.860 1'59.755 247,7
7 5 R. TAMBURINI Kawasaki ZX-6R 28.110 2'00.105 241,6
8 99 P. JACOBSEN Kawasaki ZX-6R 29.777 1'59.820 242,2
9 14 R. WILAIROT Honda CBR600RR 53.463 2'01.075 232,3
10 6 D. SCHMITTER Yamaha YZF R6 54.266 2'01.885 231,3
11 87 L. MARCONI Honda CBR600RR 57.226 2'01.807 245,5
12 22 M. LAW Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'07.547 2'02.247 225,0
13 64 M. DAVIES Honda CBR600RR 1'10.889 2'03.489 238,4
14 11 C. GAMARINO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'20.101 2'03.088 241,1
15 155 M. ROCCOLI MV Agusta F3 675 1'27.838 2'02.747 233,8
16 36 M. CARDENAS Honda CBR600RR 1'38.961 2'04.129 240,5
17 53 V. DEBISE Honda CBR600RR 1 Lap 2'08.925 216,0
18 7 N. CALERO Honda CBR600RR 1 Lap 2'10.642 233,3
RET 54 K. SOFUOGLU Kawasaki ZX-6R 4 Laps 1'56.887 250,6
RET 17 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 5 Laps 2'02.458 229,8
RET 4 J. KENNEDY Honda CBR600RR 6 Laps 2'00.320 239,5
RET 65 V. LEONOV Honda CBR600RR 9 Laps 2'02.538 246,0
RET 25 A. BALDOLINI Honda CBR600RR 9 Laps 2'04.395 234,3
RET 161 A. IVANOV Yamaha YZF R6 10 Laps    
RET 19 K. WAHR Yamaha YZF R6 11 Laps    
RET 10 A. NOCCO Kawasaki ZX-6R 13 Laps    
RET 61 F. MENGHI Yamaha YZF R6 13 Laps    
RET 23 C. TANGRE Suzuki GSX-R600 13 Laps    

 

 

Round Number: 
10
2014
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Crash in the race and then still finish second, that's pretty cool... When Van der Mark went down, I really thought 'Too bad his string of just first and second places will come to an end now'. How wrong I was. Well done sir.

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And given how he crashed out at Phillip Island (and his position before the red flag iirc) you could well say he managed a whole season no lower then second with one race to go

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