2016 Phillip Island World Supersport Race Results: Constant Affray

The World Supersport race would be 18 laps of the tyre-chewing Phillip Island circuit.

PJ Jacobsen led into turn one, followed by Jules Cluzel, charging though from eighth place on the grid, and kenan Sofuoglu. Sofuoglu quickly took second place then first. Further back, Lorenzo Zanetti had a tank slapper and clipped Anthony West, but both riders stayed upright and heading in the right direction.

On the second lap, Cluzel took the lead back only to lose it to a hard-charging Randy Krummenacher who worked his way through from fifth place the lap before. The next lap, Jacobsen led Cluzel and Krummenacher while Sofuoglu, the consistently quickest man all weekend, kept a cool fourth place behind the fighting and Anthony West, turning up to the weekend's racing with a hastily thrown-together team, was in fifth.

On the fourth lap, Federico Caricasulo charged through Sofuoglu and West's slipstream to take fourth place, only to be passed by West under a yellow flag. West made it to third place, then first, but was immediately told to drop back two places which he did.

The front riders swapped places a lot more over the next few laps, with West making some very decisive passes only to have the places taken back a few turns later. As the leading ten riders looked like they were going to stay together all race, Jules Cluzel ran on into a corner and hit the grass, the gravel and a tyre wall. After picking his bike up, he rejoined well out of a points position. Kenan Sofuoglu then made his move and took to the front with ease. As Sofuoglu fended off Anthony West, further back, Lorenzo Zanetti had another near-crash and as he rescued it, he charged into the swooping line of Federico Caricasulo and Caricasulo's rear wheel clipped his front and sent him down and out.

On the twelfth lap, with Sofuoglu leading West and Krummenacher, spots of rain turned up in sector one to make the firefight at the front even more interesting. Lots of jostling for position, everyone assuming the race could be stopped at any moment, as the race was past two-thirds distance, Sofuoglu showed confidence or folly and built a two second gap from the pack led by Krummenacher, West or Jacobsen, and Gino Rea and Alex Baldolini joined in the fight.

Sofuoglu slowed down a little, after rain hit sector two as well, and Krummenacher pulled the pack to within a second of the world champion.

With less than three laps remaining, Kenan Sofuoglu crashed out while leading the race. He later explained that he thought his rear tyre exploded and he just bailed out.

Randy Krummenacher made a charge for it and built a one second, then two second, gap from the fray behind him, taking the victory on his first World Supersport race. Anthony West looked like he had second in the bag, but Federico Caricasulo charged out of the last corner and passed him at the line for second place.

Caricasulo described the race as the best race of his life, in spite of Lorenzo Zanetti turning up at Parc Fermé to chastise him for his part in Zanetti's downfall.

After a mishap with a bottle of Prosecco, the Swiss national anthem rang out across the podium, with two rookies and a local on the steps while the three championship favourites sat in their garages, wondering what just happened.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
2 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Kawasaki ZX-6R   1'34.239 279,8
2 64 F. CARICASULO Honda CBR600RR 2.747 1'34.461 281,3
3 13 A. WEST Yamaha YZF R6 2.761 1'34.319 274,8
4 11 C. GAMARINO Kawasaki ZX-6R 2.917 1'34.442 278,4
5 2 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR600RR 3.200 1'34.582 275,5
6 25 A. BALDOLINI MV Agusta F3 675 3.545 1'34.251 278,4
7 4 G. REA MV Agusta F3 675 3.558 1'34.261 279,1
8 69 O. JEZEK Kawasaki ZX-6R 12.835 1'34.738 275,5
9 44 R. ROLFO MV Agusta F3 675 12.895 1'34.806 272,7
10 41 A. WAGNER MV Agusta F3 675 18.172 1'34.484 276,9
11 88 N. TEROL MV Agusta F3 675 18.195 1'34.431 276,9
12 68 G. SCOTT Honda CBR600RR 18.334 1'35.048 278,4
13 63 Z. KHAIRUDDIN Kawasaki ZX-6R 19.902 1'34.543 280,5
14 48 A. PHILLIS Honda CBR600RR 38.311 1'36.013 272,0
15 5 M. LEVY Yamaha YZF R6 38.412 1'35.774 270,7
16 81 L. STAPLEFORD Honda CBR600RR 39.012 1'35.493 268,7
17 16 J. CLUZEL MV Agusta F3 675 39.109 1'34.464 274,8
18 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 43.847 1'35.699 272,7
19 77 K. RYDE Yamaha YZF R6 43.891 1'35.160 275,5
20 35 S. HILL Honda CBR600RR 1'14.210 1'36.936 264,7
21 83 L. EPIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1 Lap 1'38.282 264,7

 

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2016
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Undoubted talent, appalling at self-promotion/media........

Rode the MV Brutale 675 last weekend, no surprise they do well. Plenty of go and turns on a 20 cent piece. First bike I've ever ridden that feels like it's steering on the back wheel - no understeer (push), it's a matter of thinking about tipping in and it's around the corner. Awesome.

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Probably too late to get an answer but can anyone explain the West and in particular Yamaha's podium.
West is predictable in his unpredictability and is quick enough to have been on the podium at PI in Moto 2 (later scrubbed for cold and flu use) so the question is more related to the Yamaha he was using.
Given the bike is good enough to podium both at the end of last year and at PI this year why are there not more racing in the class?

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A noun is a part of speech that denotes a person, animal, place, thing, or idea. Verbing weirds language :)

West is simply a dynamic talent who doesn't get the bike/team options he deserves because he's not as marketable as the teams (sponsors) would like. Sad, really.

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Podium:

v. To finish in the top three at an event or competition.

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v4, I suspect you are going to be in a world of pain given how much the english (and presumably other) languages are changing under the impact of text communication, twitter content size restrictions etc.

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IIRC, the R6 isn't the easiest bike to prepare and get competitive for SSP, and I don't think Yamaha has been hugely forthcoming in support and parts.

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