2015 Portimão World Supersport QP Results: Red Flag Doesn't Dampen Rivalry

World Supersport qualifying was marred by a red flag as oil was dumped on the racing line halfway through, but it didn't stop the qualifying from coming down to the usual suspects.

Kenan Sofuoglu set an early fast lap on the Kawasaki only to have it taken away by his fierce rival Jules Cluzel. Sofuoglu regained the top spot and maintained it for almost the remainder of the session. As the clock wound down, Cluzel broke the five-year old qualifying record set, unsurprisingly, by Kenan Sofuoglu in 2010, and took a convincing pole position on his MV Agusta, setting himself up to try to thwart Sofuoglu's run for his fifth consecutive race victory, a potential record in the making.

PJ Jacobsen took the last front row spot, in spite of this being his first qualifying session on the Honda. He took the opportunity to thank his sponsors and his new team, rewarding them with a front row start. Kyle Smith and Gino Rea, also on Hondas shared the second row with the MV Agusta of Alex Baldolini.

With cooler weather favouring Jules Cluzel tomorrow, the ongoing fight between Cluzel and championship leader Kenan Sofuoglu could come down to the reliability of the MV Agusta or the resiliance of the two rivals. With six rounds gone, and six rounds left, including this weekend, Cluzel has forty five points to make up on Sofuoglu, and needs a victory to keep the fight alive. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 16 J. CLUZEL MV Agusta F3 675 1'44.554   274,8
2 54 K. SOFUOGLU Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'44.826 0.272 274,1
3 99 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR600RR 1'45.688 1.134 274,1
4 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 1'45.894 1.340 274,8
5 4 G. REA Honda CBR600RR 1'46.111 1.557 279,1
6 25 A. BALDOLINI MV Agusta F3 675 1'46.385 1.831 274,8
7 61 F. MENGHI Yamaha YZF R6 1'46.478 1.924 275,5
8 87 L. ZANETTI MV Agusta F3 675 1'46.480 1.926 276,2
9 44 R. ROLFO Honda CBR600RR 1'46.508 1.954 274,8
10 36 M. CARDENAS Honda CBR600RR 1'46.512 1.958 273,4
11 84 R. RUSSO Honda CBR600RR 1'46.596 2.042 269,3
12 5 M. FACCANI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'46.812 2.258 278,4
13 11 C. GAMARINO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'46.859 2.305 271,4
14 68 G. SCOTT Honda CBR600RR 1'47.151 2.597 273,4
15 19 K. WAHR Honda CBR600RR 1'47.203 2.649 266,7
16 6 D. SCHMITTER Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'47.810 3.256 269,3
17 24 M. RAMIREZ Honda CBR600RR 1'47.911 3.357 270,7
18 117 M. PRAIA Honda CBR600RR 1'48.495 3.941 271,4
19 10 N. CALERO Honda CBR600RR 1'48.550 3.996 272,7

 

Round Number: 
7
2015
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