2016 Assen World Supersport Race Results: Hail To The King

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. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
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:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
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

 

Round Number: 
4
2016
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Comments

Yes of course you have to stay on to score points, but he just can't seem to catch a break this year. I hope Supersport stays unpredictable so that PJ has a chance to get back into the mix. I was really hope that Stapleford could put it on the box as he really had it dialed in for dry conditions. Would have been nice to see another manufacturer up there as well. Even so WSS is a lot more exciting than the Kalex\Honda series known as Moto2.