2016 Imola World Supersport Race Results: Eleven Lap Sprint

After several hours of overnight rain, it was declared a dry race as the clouds loomed in the distance. The race lasted three laps before it was stopped.

Surprisingly, the weather only played an indirect part in the red flag, with Christian Gamarino missing a chicane and catching wet grass on the exit of Variante Alta, depositing his bike on the racing line three laps in. Until then, the racing was Jules Cluzel and Kenan Sofuoglu swapping places a few times at the front with Randy Krummenacher in third until he was black flagged for smoke pouring out of the side of his Kawasaki.

Ctampionship leader Krummenacher chose to ignore the black flags and would be disallowed from the eleven lap restart. Gamarino was able to restart, ironically.

Once again, Jules Cluzel led into the first turn but Kenan Sofuoglu took over halfway round the track. PJ Jacobsen took advantage of taking Krummenacher's grid spot in third and pushing past Cluzel on the second lap as Cluzel's pace was slower than the pack behind him. Lorenzo Zanetti blasted past Ayrton Badovini for fourth place and tucked in behind his MV Agusta teammate Jules Cluzel.

A lap later, Zanetti passed Cluzel and made an attempt to squeeze under Jacobsen, but he carried a little bit too much pace and had to dodge the apex to miss the Honda in front which let Cluzel slip into the gap and hold the place to the next corner.

On the fourth lap, after setting the fastest lap, Sofuoglu started to settle into an uninterrupted rhythm and draw out a gap a tenth or two a lap from Jacobsen. At the end of the lap, Gino Rea went far too fast into Variante Bassa, the last chicane, and lost grip at full lean underneath Christian Gamarino, forcing the unlucky Italian across the gravel, creating a mess across the track. Rea was able to pick his bike up and get it to a safe place while Gamarino escaped unscathed.

Six laps in, as Sofuoglu had over a second of a lead, it was clear that Jules Cluzel had found some pace that was lacking in the first few laps and was being held up by PJ Jacobsen, but Jacobsen's Honda was quicker in the first half of the lap and it took Cluzel a few laps to gt to the position he could make a pass in a section in which he was quicker, Rivazza, the two ninety-degree left-handers that are turns fourteen and fifteen. On lap nine, facing a two-second gap to Kenan Sofuoglu with three laps to go, Cluzel set the fastest lap of the race and closed the gap by half a second in one lap. The next lap, he did the same again, but even at that increased pace, Sofuoglu was far enough ahead that it would require a mistake from the leader to get caught and a mistake was not forthcoming.

Kenan Sofuoglu won his second race of the year, taking control of the championship as Randy Krummenacher scored no points. Jules Cluzel took second ahead of PJ Jacobsen, with Alex Baldolini a few seconds behind in fourth ahead of a three-way fight for fifth that was won by Alessandro Zaccone from Lorenzo Zanetti.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
1 1 K. SOFUOGLU Kawasaki ZX-6R   1'51.986 249,1 1'51.321 257,4
2 16 J. CLUZEL MV Agusta F3 675 1.429 1'51.966 255,6 1'51.132 258,0
3 2 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR600RR 3.013 1'52.368 256,8 1'51.535 258,0
4 25 A. BALDOLINI MV Agusta F3 675 7.179 1'52.190 254,4 1'52.075 252,0
5 61 A. ZACCONE Kawasaki ZX-6R 8.144 1'52.310 255,0 1'52.451 249,1
6 87 L. ZANETTI MV Agusta F3 675 8.618 1'52.171 258,6 1'51.901 253,8
7 69 O. JEZEK Kawasaki ZX-6R 9.419 1'52.583 252,0 1'52.280 249,7
8 64 F. CARICASULO Honda CBR600RR 9.942 1'52.350 258,0 1'52.025 255,0
9 86 A. BADOVINI Honda CBR600RR 10.183 1'52.430 252,6 1'51.950 252,0
10 88 N. TEROL MV Agusta F3 675 18.734 1'52.958 254,4 1'52.674 252,6
11 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 19.964 1'53.245 255,6 1'52.731 252,6
12 19 K. WAHR Honda CBR600RR 20.771 1'53.406 249,7 1'52.850 250,3
13 55 I. MIKHALCHIK Kawasaki ZX-6R 20.970 1'53.329 255,6 1'53.478 254,4
14 47 A. BASSANI Kawasaki ZX-6R 21.068 1'53.312 256,8 1'53.073 255,6
15 44 R. ROLFO MV Agusta F3 675 23.266 1'52.867 251,4 1'52.750 252,0
16 77 K. RYDE Yamaha YZF R6 24.401 1'53.518 255,6 1'53.607 255,0
17 11 C. GAMARINO Kawasaki ZX-6R 27.125 1'53.500 251,4 1'53.420 252,0
18 41 A. WAGNER MV Agusta F3 675 31.104 1'54.066 251,4 1'53.526 250,8
19 81 L. STAPLEFORD Triumph Daytona 675 34.357 1'53.532 255,6 0.000 252,6
20 78 H. OKUBO Honda CBR600RR 36.600 1'54.352 250,8 1'54.179 252,6
21 53 N. MORRENTINO Yamaha YZF R6 38.360 1'55.036 243,5 1'53.467 249,7
22 6 D. STIRPE Kawasaki ZX-6R 39.170 1'55.063 250,3 1'53.849 250,8
23 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 42.957 1'54.996 250,3 1'54.279 253,2
24 9 J. METCHER Honda CBR600RR 46.851 1'55.048 250,8 1'54.419 251,4
25 71 C. BERGMAN Honda CBR600RR 47.731 1'55.470 250,8 1'54.842 247,4
26 63 Z. KHAIRUDDIN Kawasaki ZX-6R 48.490 1'54.961 256,8 1'52.367 257,4
27 23 C. TANGRE Suzuki GSX-R600 48.590 1'55.247 247,4 1'55.347 247,4
28 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-6R 53.858 1'56.213 253,2 1'56.289 251,4
29 12 C. GOBBI Yamaha YZF R6 54.781 1'55.522 252,0 1'53.865 250,8
30 83 L. EPIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'11.106 1'56.174 245,1 1'56.422 248,5
31 50 B. ORTT Honda CBR600RR 1 Lap 1'57.813 246,3 1'56.696 246,3
RET 119 J. CHROBAK MV Agusta F3 675 8    
RET 7 A. LICCIARDI Kawasaki ZX-6R 6    
RET 65 M. CANDUCCI Kawasaki ZX-6R 6 Laps    
RET 4 G. REA MV Agusta F3 675 7 Laps    
RET 35 S. HILL Honda CBR600RR 9 Laps    

 

Round Number: 
5
2016
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Comments

That was not a very smart move by Krummenacher. He did not make many friends today. Such a shame. I also wonder if the race wasn't at least partially stopped because of the danger of oil being spilt all over the track. 

If the bike in front is smoking, how safe do you think the riders behind felt? Do you risk the chance that it's not oil? It was way worse in the corners, so when he had a chance to look down on the straights, he didn't see anything and just carried on.

Not that it matters now, but I think a lot of people are curious to know what was throwing the smoke. Not sure that we'll find that out though.

I suspect it may have been water, by the lack of crashes, but that doesn't in any way excuse his behaviour. Always obey the marshals. 

Of course I just meant that the smoking Kawasaki of Krummenacher must at least have been a factor in the decision to stop the race. In the report it was said that it was stopped because of the crashed bike of Gamarino, not the smoke from Krummenacher's bike.

By the way, in the press release later on Krummenacher stated that it was water and not oil leaking from his bike, and according to him just very little water. I'm not sure if it is simply water in their systems, but anyway it seems pretty unlikely that he would have been able to even finish the race with a leaking cooling system, it was still early laps.

Canada could do with an appearance in the stats, what with them not having any teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs. wink

Too true Jared. Any idea why Braeden had to start from the pit lane? He posted a video on Instagram of it. Something about an infraction at the Aragon round?

4 MV's in the top ten!!  When was the last time an Italian marque outnumbered two Japanese marques in a supersport race?? (3 x Honda, 3 x Kawasaki).  Having ridden the 675 MV F3 I can attest that it's a fine piece of kit.  But the Japanese have virtually owned this class......

And we have a Triumph 675r under Stapleford on the scene that I can attest to as well as BSS w Smiths. These things are narrow between the knees and carve like a 250GP. The triples grunt out of corners like a 750. It certainly lacks a bit on the top end and has no over rev. MV as well Canine?

Reliability has seemed an area for MV to grow for Camier and co. But look at all these non Japanese bikes in here! And triples specifically. It is interesting that triples get just 75 more cc's than the 4's and can manage so well, I would have guessed 100 to 125cc was needed.

Can of worms being opened: regulations for twins - 750cc is correct? I don't think so. But the new "middleweight" 959 Panigale...850cc's wasn't enough for you to compete?

Yes, it's 750cc for twins. I still own a 1997 Ducati 748 from back when the twins raced alongside the 600cc 4s.

Hi Jared, are you glitching with the rulebook a sec? Think about on the track fit a sec. Under Supersport rules locally an 848 can compete with the 600's without any restrictor plate nonsense but is not as strong as the Kawi or Honda. My Superstock ish if you will 600RR was a strong competitor for similarly tuned Triumph 675r, and a Superbike spec 749 would be a backmarker for the likes of them.

I can't see it working for twins w less than 800cc if not more. Then again I couldn't see a triple doing the business w just 15% more displacement. The big 1200 Panigale has just 20% advantage on its 1000 four rivals and is doing well. I think the Middleweight Twins are an anomaly right now. What do you think of the rules?

The only bikes currently homologated for World Supersport by the FIM are: Honda CBR600RR, Kawasaki ZX-6R, MV Agusta F3 675, Suzuki GSX-R600, Triumph Daytona 675 and Yamaha YZF-R6.

Here are the allowed specs:

  • Between 400 and 600 cubic centimetres – 4 cylinders
  • Between 500 and 675 cubic centimetres – 3 cylinders
  • Between 600 and 750 cubic centimetres – 2 cylinders

There is no twin that can be homologated that would be even remotely competetive. Ducati have zero interest in competing in Supersport, so the rules don't matter. 

Ever the sensible. I dont disagree w you. But zero interest? And unchanging? Wagging the dog, if the rules went to support what was being ridden and raced...Ducati could have a dog in the Middleweight fight in the future. Everything is changing dynamically w a longer perspective.

Non Japanese manu's, non 4 cyl layouts and Middleweights is now a changing landscape. We have GREAT triples. BSB tracks and their tighter twisty bits are showcasing the Triumph and it is a front runner on a level playing field w the Japanese 4's. In WSS the MV is doing the same on the big tracks...how they are achieving that top end power with current rules is not something I understand yet. What is important is that they ARE and smaller teams have flocked to the bike. And now Triumph, Stapleford and Profile racing are here showing promise.

Consider also that Yamaha has in recent years shifted towards triples in some VERY well received street bikes. Their FZ model was an R1 and R6 based bike, it is now a triple, and Yamaha churning out a triple sport bike not long from now is a possibility.

Ducati sold plenty of 848's. Plenty of them race. I get it that the Italians tend to focus on the Superbikes, Aprilia doesn't even churn whispers of making a Middleweight.

From my experience going Supersport Middleweight Twins to Yamaha R1, to CBR600RR, to 1000RR, to Triumph 675r my quite limited hindquarters dyno indicates that the bike needs a dab more displacement to compete on the WSS stage but not BSB. How MV is doing it w 75cc? No idea. I would hand triples 125cc and your twin 250cc. And watch how fast Ducati sets their sites on little MV Augusta who is currently thriving.

Which is where we started. Kudos F3!

I think 750 cc for twins is fair enough. In Superbikes the twins get 200 cc extra, that's 20%. 750 cc is 25% more than 600, so relatively speaking they already are allowed more extra cc's than in Superbikes.

That in some countries they allow 848's to race in Supersport against the 600 fours is actually pretty unfair. That's a whopping 41% more cc's, which you can not justify on technical (mechanical and thermal load) grounds. That the 848's don't crush the 600's simply means the 848 is not a very good bike. I don't know if you've ridden one, but I have, including the Evo version. And they sure have character, but they are not very nimble and the engine is not that good. Especially on standard suspension settings they're actually quite crap. Of course that can be changed (which helps a lot, but still), and even more so in racing, but all in all they are not brilliant bikes.

That's why the Triumph and MV are competitive with three cylinders and just 12,5% more capacity, because they are on a similar engine development/efficiency level as the fours, with a great chassis to match. Especially the MV has a very racy, oversquare engine (79,0 x 45,9 mm), so it has lots of valve area and can rev almost as high as the fours (which all measure 67,0 x 42,5 mm). 

By the way, Ducati had quite a bit of success with their 748's and 749's in World Supersport. And it was great to watch and hear; too bad they've turned their middleweight into a bike that's almost a 1000. A high-revving '747 Panigale' would be great fun, I think.