World Supersport at Magny-Cours is Kenan Sofuoglu's first match point for the championship and he just needs to finish within three points of Randy Krummenacher to take his fifth title. Alex Baldolini wouldn't start due to an injury from this morning and Roberto Rolfo would start from pitlane due to an engine allocation infraction.
Kenan Sofuoglu got a perfect start from pole position, getting clear of any potential early passes from Gino Rea and Ayrton Badovini in second and third places with rivals Jules Cluzel and PJ Jacobsen behind them. Cluzel pushed through to second but PJ Jacobsen crashed out, ending his remote title hopes.
Sofuoglu maintained the lead, but Cluzel, Ayrton Badovini and Gino Rea were on the title leader's rear tyre throughout the early laps. On the fifth lap, the top four were joined by Niki Tuuli and Axel Bassani to make a six-bike convoy at the front and the jostling started. Cluzel tried to pass Sofuoglu unsuccessfully at the front and Tuuli set the fastest lap. A lap later, Tuuli set another fastest lap and two more laps saw him passing Badovini and Rea, taking advantage of Rea's pass on Badovini creating a gap and taking third place behind Cluzel.
Further round the lap, Rea carried a bit too much lean angle around a long corner, flipping his bike after losing the front.
The front three riders cleared a gap from the Bassani v Badovini fight, with Tuuli sliding the rear forcefully trying to pass Cluzel into the tight turn five hairpin a couple of times, making contact the second time around.
On the twelfth lap, Kenan Sofuoglu carried a bit too much speed into the first right hander and washed out his front tyre, crashing his Kawasaki and delaying taking his fifth title win. Later that lap, Jules Cluzel had a moment, slowing briefly to recover and watching Niki Tuuli take the lead of the race.
With Sofuoglu out, Tuuli and Cluzel raced for the win but were joined by Axel Bassani and Ayrton Badovini, glued together as they fought for the last podium place. On lap seventeen of nineteen, Badovini took third place and held on to it hard, but Bassani's fourth place was assured as Randy Krummenacher was two seconds further back in fifth.
As they approached the camping area, the Adelaide hairpin at turn five, the French crowd got very loud as Cluzel put a hard braking manoeuvre on Tuuli and forced his way into the lead. He took a fast defensive line throughout the remainder of the lap, with Tuuli trying to get past, but he rode magnificently through the last corners and chicane to take his second win of the season.
The French crowd were able to toast their countryman as the Marseillaise rang out across the track.
Jules Cluzel won ahead of Niki Tuuli and Ayrton Badovini with Axel Bassani, top ESS rider, just missing out on the podium. Randy Krummenacher took a safe fifth to keep his scant title hopes alive, cutting Kenan Sofuoglu's lead to forty-two points with two races left.
|1||16||J. CLUZEL||MV Agusta F3 675|
|2||66||N. TUULI||Yamaha YZF R6||0.248|
|3||86||A. BADOVINI||Honda CBR600RR||0.525|
|4||47||A. BASSANI||Kawasaki ZX-6R||2.232|
|5||21||R. KRUMMENACHER||Kawasaki ZX-6R||4.643|
|6||64||F. CARICASULO||Honda CBR600RR||16.261|
|7||111||K. SMITH||Honda CBR600RR||21.470|
|8||55||I. MYKHALCHYK||Kawasaki ZX-6R||28.259|
|9||87||L. ZANETTI||MV Agusta F3 675||30.763|
|10||63||Z. KHAIRUDDIN||Kawasaki ZX-6R||32.302|
|11||77||K. RYDE||Kawasaki ZX-6R||35.340|
|12||38||H. SOOMER||Yamaha YZF R6||37.524|
|13||69||O. JEZEK||Kawasaki ZX-6R||38.923|
|14||80||X. PINSACH||Honda CBR600RR||39.177|
|15||81||L. STAPLEFORD||Triumph Daytona 675||43.171|
|16||44||R. ROLFO||MV Agusta F3 675||44.020|
|17||10||N. CALERO||Kawasaki ZX-6R||44.899|
|18||23||C. TANGRE||Suzuki GSX-R600||45.069|
|19||26||G. ANTIGA||Kawasaki ZX-6R||54.271|
|20||83||L. EPIS||Kawasaki ZX-6R||57.437|
|21||42||S. FROSSARD||Yamaha YZF R6||57.583|
|22||58||C. STOLL||Triumph Daytona 675||1'01.697|
|23||183||P. POLESSO||Yamaha YZF R6||1'02.399|
|24||35||S. HILL||Honda CBR600RR||1'06.788|
|25||12||C. GOBBI||Yamaha YZF R6||1'11.386|
|26||6||D. STIRPE||Kawasaki ZX-6R||1'14.651|
|27||78||H. OKUBO||Honda CBR600RR||1'20.906|
|28||50||B. ORTT||Honda CBR600RR||1'20.968|
|29||20||D. LOUREIRO||Honda CBR600RR||1'21.373|
|30||123||F. PERON||Yamaha YZF R6||1'29.867|
|RET||11||C. GAMARINO||Kawasaki ZX-6R||1 Lap|
|RET||71||C. BERGMAN||Honda CBR600RR||2 Laps|
|RET||1||K. SOFUOGLU||Kawasaki ZX-6R||8 Laps|
|RET||61||A. ZACCONE||Kawasaki ZX-6R||9|
|RET||4||G. REA||MV Agusta F3 675||11 Laps|
|RET||65||M. CANDUCCI||MV Agusta F3 675||18 Laps|
|RET||2||P. JACOBSEN||Honda CBR600RR|