World Supersport started on a dry track but heavy rain clouds were gathering in the distance.
Kenan Sofuoglu led PJ Jacobsen, Luke Stapleford and Randy Krummenacher while Jules Cluzel couldn't improve on his twelfth place. Alex Baldolini was on a development tyre in fifth ahead of a battle between Gino Rea and Kyle Smith.
Four laps in, with no changes at the front, the leading three were breaking away from Krummenacher at a rate of half a second a lap. On the fifth lap, Jacobsen took the lead at the *hook* and Stapleford tried to copy the leader at the chicane, but Sofuoglu is very hard to pass on the brakes.
The light started to fade.
Little changed at the front for three laps until the clouds brought out the diagonal red crossed white flags signifying drops of rain in that sector and as the hailstorm arrived the red flags were brought out to call an end to the race with eight laps completed.
Unfortunately, PJ Jacobsen hadn't seen the flags and he gestured to get the race stopped, waving then gesturing with his right leg in a left turn and he lost control with only one leg on pegs when he hit limited adhesion and slid off the track as his bike tumbled through the gravel, breaking the handlebars.
As the rain got worse, riders pulled into their garages to get their bikes ready for the restart. Unlike the World Superbikes the race isn't flag-to-flag, where riders would jump in and have to take no less than sixty-one seconds change their tyres, but instead they have a restart with a quick start procedure.
PJ Jacobsen was luckily able to get his bike dragged back to the garage in time, making the pitlane within five minutes of the red flag, as was Luke Stapleford who also crashed, albeit less spectacularly.
The six lap restart would have PJ Jacobsen in pole position, only just getting out of the pits in time for the restart on his rapidly rebuilt bike.
Kenan Sofuoglu bolted off the line for the lead with Randy Krummenacher and PJ Jacobsen behind him. Krummenacher took to the front and behind him Gino Rea, a fast rider when grip is limited, took third place with Kyle Smith behind him in fourth as Jacobsen missed a corner.
Halfway through the heavily contested sprint race, Sofuoglu and Krummenacher swapped places a few times with Sofuoglu coming out on top but a wobble by Sofuoglu into the chicane pushed Krummenacher wide and he decided not to try to make the corner and safely ran through the gravel and rejoined in fourth place behind Sofuoglu, Rea and Jacobsen with Kyle Smith immediately taking the fourth place from him down the straight.
Jacobsen fought his way past Rea and then grabbed the lead from Sofuoglu, but Sofuoglu took the lead back into the chicane. Smith took third from Rea behind them.
On the penultimate lap, Jacobsen once again passed Sofuoglu only to be reposed aggressively as Sofuoglu made a gap from almost nothing and Kyle Smith saw a path past both of them and pushed them all wide, letting Rea strike. As the dust settled, Jacobsen led Sofuoglu, Rea and Smith only to crash out from the lead.
With PJ Jacobsen out, Sofuoglu was gifted the lead, but the British riders behind him wouldn't let him have it for free. Smith passed Sofuoglu cleanly and Rea passed him on the outside and the pair charged off for the win as Sofuoglu, with over four seconds to Krummenacher behind him, threw in the towel and settled for third.
Kyle Smith beat Gino Rea, finding a touch more grip through the last sectors, with Kenan Sofuoglu taking the last podium place ahead of a livid Randy Krummenacher.
|1||111||K. SMITH||Honda CBR600RR||1'58.225||238,0|
|2||4||G. REA||MV Agusta F3 675||0.831||1'58.811||241,5|
|3||1||K. SOFUOGLU||Kawasaki ZX-6R||2.424||2'01.023||242,0|
|4||21||R. KRUMMENACHER||Kawasaki ZX-6R||8.255||2'02.502||239,6|
|5||25||A. BALDOLINI||MV Agusta F3 675||26.801||2'05.178||234,9|
|6||55||I. MIKHALCHIK||Kawasaki ZX-6R||36.940||2'06.378||231,9|
|7||86||A. BADOVINI||Honda CBR600RR||42.670||2'03.975||236,7|
|8||47||A. BASSANI||Kawasaki ZX-6R||42.971||2'05.945||237,8|
|9||69||O. JEZEK||Kawasaki ZX-6R||44.025||2'04.363||235,7|
|10||11||C. GAMARINO||Kawasaki ZX-6R||44.321||2'06.126||229,6|
|11||64||F. CARICASULO||Honda CBR600RR||44.537||2'05.720||233,1|
|12||81||L. STAPLEFORD||Triumph Daytona 675||44.887||2'07.464||235,7|
|13||88||N. TEROL||MV Agusta F3 675||45.911||2'05.543||233,4|
|14||77||K. RYDE||Yamaha YZF R6||46.237||2'07.679||234,1|
|16||19||K. WAHR||Honda CBR600RR||49.784||2'06.423||229,9|
|17||51||B. SCHOUTEN||Yamaha YZF R6||50.202||2'06.721||235,4|
|18||16||J. CLUZEL||MV Agusta F3 675||51.046||2'05.897||232,4|
|19||61||A. ZACCONE||Kawasaki ZX-6R||53.707||2'06.921||237,0|
|20||63||Z. KHAIRUDDIN||Kawasaki ZX-6R||1'01.468||2'10.465||233,6|
|21||119||J. CHROBAK||MV Agusta F3 675||1'04.089||2'09.090||227,7|
|22||44||R. ROLFO||MV Agusta F3 675||1'07.198||2'09.464||229,4|
|23||6||D. STIRPE||Kawasaki ZX-6R||1'16.187||2'11.927||218,7|
|24||78||H. OKUBO||Honda CBR600RR||1'16.278||2'11.516||223,7|
|25||71||C. BERGMAN||Honda CBR600RR||1'18.937||2'09.037||229,9|
|29||87||L. ZANETTI||MV Agusta F3 675||1'46.736||2'11.967||233,6|
|30||35||S. HILL||Honda CBR600RR||1 Lap||2'10.741||228,7|
|RET||2||P. JACOBSEN||Honda CBR600RR||2 Laps|
Red Flagged Session:
|1||2||P. JACOBSEN||Honda CBR600RR||1'39.147||250,8|
|2||1||K. SOFUOGLU||Kawasaki ZX-6R||0.303||1'39.309||249,0|
|3||81||L. STAPLEFORD||Triumph Daytona 675||0.919||1'39.175||250,2|
|4||21||R. KRUMMENACHER||Kawasaki ZX-6R||3.141||1'39.717||249,3|
|5||25||A. BALDOLINI||MV Agusta F3 675||4.190||1'39.701||248,5|
|6||111||K. SMITH||Honda CBR600RR||10.728||1'40.194||1'40.345 236,5|
|7||4||G. REA||MV Agusta F3 675||10.901||1'40.230||249,0|
|8||69||O. JEZEK||Kawasaki ZX-6R||11.391||1'40.470||246,8|
|9||44||R. ROLFO||MV Agusta F3 675||12.860||1'40.396||253,7|
|10||16||J. CLUZEL||MV Agusta F3 675||12.942||1'40.552||257,4|
|11||88||N. TEROL||MV Agusta F3 675||13.575||1'40.628||253,7|
|12||77||K. RYDE||Yamaha YZF R6||13.899||1'40.680||252,3|
|13||64||F. CARICASULO||Honda CBR600RR||14.114||1'40.352||252,8|
|14||61||A. ZACCONE||Kawasaki ZX-6R||15.894||1'40.795||253,7|
|15||86||A. BADOVINI||Honda CBR600RR||15.961||1'40.936||250,8|
|16||19||K. WAHR||Honda CBR600RR||16.876||1'40.900||247,0|
|17||87||L. ZANETTI||MV Agusta F3 675||18.156||1'41.017||249,6|
|18||11||C. GAMARINO||Kawasaki ZX-6R||18.731||1'41.017||249,9|
|19||47||A. BASSANI||Kawasaki ZX-6R||22.513||1'40.944||252,8|
|20||55||I. MIKHALCHIK||Kawasaki ZX-6R||22.591||1'41.479||245,1|
|21||51||B. SCHOUTEN||Yamaha YZF R6||23.087||1'41.596||252,5|
|22||6||D. STIRPE||Kawasaki ZX-6R||23.578||1'41.553||252,8|
|23||63||Z. KHAIRUDDIN||Kawasaki ZX-6R||23.797||1'41.699||253,1|
|24||71||C. BERGMAN||Honda CBR600RR||28.802||1'42.059||247,0|
|25||78||H. OKUBO||Honda CBR600RR||36.168||1'42.838||249,0|
|29||35||S. HILL||Honda CBR600RR||41.542||1'42.608||246,2|
|30||119||J. CHROBAK||MV Agusta F3 675||42.247||1'43.749||247,6|