2015 Sepang World Supersport Race Results: Rain Flags, Still No Rain

Kenan Sofuoglu leads the title chase by twenty points from Jules Cluzel going into this fourteen lap race.

Kenan Sofuoglu led into turn one but went in too hot, ran wide and ended up in sixth place. Jules Cluzel led PJ Jacobsen and Kyle Smith but Jacobsen took the lead shortly after. On the second lap, Lorenzo Zanetti took third place from Smith and Kenan Sofuoglu took fourth shortly after.

As the rain flags came out on lap three, Kenan Sofuoglu took third place from a battling Lorenzo Zanetti. The rain, once again, stayed away.

Jacobsen and Cluzel saw their lead disappear as Sofuoglu bought them on the fifth lap, bringing Zanetti with him. At half race distance, Sofuoglu tried a pass on Cluzel, but couldn't hold onto the second place as Cluzel took it back off him.

Ten laps in, an inseparable Jacobsen and Cluzel finally broke free from Sofuoglu and Zanetti and started building a gap as Zanetti closed in on Sofuoglu. Zanetti caught Sofuoglu on the penultimate lap as Cluzel tried to find a way past Jacobsen on turn fifteen, sweeping round for a faster exit, but Jacobsen held the lead.

On the last lap, Zanetti sneaked past Sofuoglu, but Sofuoglu clawed third back. Jacobsen held enough of a gap from Cluzel, having better straight line speed where it mattered and for both pairs of riders, it would come down to the last corner.

PJ Jacobsen, expecting Cluzel to try the sweeping line again, went for the same plan, only to have Cluzel sneak through in the inside as he didn't cover the apex. Cluzel closed the throttle slightly exiting the corner in an attempt to slow Jacobsen down, knowing he'd have him by the line if he couldn't disrupt him, but Jacobsen was aiming to pass already and didn't get slowed by Cluzel.

PJ Jacobsen won his first World Supersport race, the first American victory in the class, by nine hundredths of a second. Since switching to the Honda, he has come third, second and first.

Jules Cluzel was a little angry at being outplayed by Jacobsen, but had calmed down by Parc Fermé, seeing Lorenzo Zanetti joining him, having passed Kenan Sofuoglu on the last corner. Sofuoglu's lead in the championship was reduced to thirteen points from Cluzel and twenty-eight from Jacobsen.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
1 99 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR600RR   2'09.450 258,4
2 16 J. CLUZEL MV Agusta F3 675 0.091 2'09.499 261,5
3 87 L. ZANETTI MV Agusta F3 675 3.387 2'09.384 262,1
4 54 K. SOFUOGLU Kawasaki ZX-6R 3.456 2'09.338 267,3
5 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 9.507 2'10.006 266,0
6 44 R. ROLFO Honda CBR600RR 15.835 2'09.930 263,4
7 36 M. CARDENAS Honda CBR600RR 16.281 2'10.148 260,9
8 4 G. REA Honda CBR600RR 16.298 2'09.972 260,2
9 11 C. GAMARINO Kawasaki ZX-6R 19.628 2'10.530 262,8
10 25 A. BALDOLINI MV Agusta F3 675 20.959 2'10.135 258,4
11 6 D. SCHMITTER Kawasaki ZX-6R 32.332 2'11.081 262,1
12 61 F. MENGHI Yamaha YZF R6 32.397 2'10.688 267,3
13 19 K. WAHR Honda CBR600RR 32.487 2'10.940 256,5
14 41 A. WAGNER Honda CBR600RR 32.890 2'11.336 255,9
15 24 M. RAMIREZ Honda CBR600RR 39.394 2'11.597 257,1
16 5 M. FACCANI Kawasaki ZX-6R 40.426 2'11.507 260,2
17 59 R. WILAIROT Honda CBR600RR 40.659 2'11.449 257,1
18 10 N. CALERO Honda CBR600RR 1'09.545 2'12.779 255,9

 

Round Number: 
9
2015
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Comments

USA USA USA sorry its been a long time!

Looks like this Supersport championship is revving up for a nice climax. It's hard to forget some of Kenan's dubious moves on Sam Lowes, or his kicking out at Fabien Foret on the Aragon straight a couple of years ago, so I'll be rooting for Monsieur Cluzel and his sweet-sounding MV. I've always had a little thing for triples anyway.

You're right. More like a shoulder charge than a genuine head butt, but those are tricky at 170mph.
Maybe Marc and Kenan should work on their techniques for high speed assault.

You have to wonder if PJ would be doing better if he'd been on the Honda from day one. He sure did ride the wheels off that ZX-6 but you could tell it was just a tiny bit behind the Kenan's ride.

Either way it's nice to have what looks to be a three way battle for the WSS crown this year.

Somebody get that kid a ride in Moto2. There needs to be a young American in GPs somewhere.

(Cameron Beaubier needs a ticket to Europe too)

Would be a smart move for a team to do with PJ. I think we very will see Cameron Beaubier on the factory Yamaha when it returns next year to WSBK.

Watched the race and was glad to see my national anaheim played on the international stage, as a result of an American win.

This was the first win for an American in the WSS series. But, when was the last win by an American in MotoGP, since Spies was the last to win at MotoGP and WSBK.

If PJ is in WSS next year, WSS needs to come to Laguna Seca as well.

Feel for Kenan Sofuoglu because of the death of his infant daughter.

He deserves the results, he's ridden very well this year. I would not be surprised if he doesn't add to his wins before the season ends.