Kenan Sofuoglu, the most successful World Supersport rider of all time, is on the cusp of his fifth world title, having missed out on his first bite last race weekend. Only his teammate Randy Krummenacher can deny him the championship.
Roberto Rolfo started the race from the pitlane as he ran out of engine allocation and was to be joined by Kyle Ryde only Ryde's bike wasn't ready for the start and he missed out on the race. Gino Rea didn't start as he was ruled out after a crash on Friday.
Kenan Sofuoglu led Randy Krummenacher, Niki Tuuli, Kyle Smith and PJ Jacobsen into the first corner and they were shortly joined by ESS title leader Axel Bassani who passed Jacobsen to join in the fray. Krummenacher tried all of the opening lap to pass Sofuoglu but couldn't make anything work.
On the second lap, Sofuoglu, Krummenacher and Tuuli broke away at the front, squeezing out a gap from Smith and Jacobsen. Tuuli nearly fell into their clutches after missing an apex, but he caught the front two up quickly. A lap later, the frustration was getting to Krummenacher and he started gesticulating at Sofuoglu in front, waving his hand and tapping the side of his helmet. Sofuoglu being in front was oblivious to all this, of course and he kept racing his race. Niki Tuuli set the fastest lap, his third on the year out of only three races.
Kenan Sofuoglu remembered he was going for the title on lap four and he looked behind at Randy Krummenacher and Niki Tuuli and generously let them past, slotting in behind Tuuli in third place. He checked behind again and saw a gap of over a second to Kyle Smith and PJ Jacobsen.
On lap five, it was all over.
Randy Krummenacher was obviously feeling the immense weight of pressure when he slid out of the lead and into the gravel trap, watching on as the entire grid polled past him. He rejoined the race a lap down just to keep his improbably mathematical hope alive.
Niki Tuuli led the race but Kenan Sofuoglu wasted no time in catching and passing the Finn, only to wave Tuuli back into the lead after what appeared to be hitting a false neutral mid-corner. The pair has a second and a half gap from Kyle Smith, PJ Jacobsen and Federico Caricasulo, but that lead started diminishing. Randy Krummenacher was in twenty-ninth place.
On lap nine, as Tuuli and Sofuoglu had rebuilt their lead from Smith, Jacobsen and Caricasulo, Randy Krummenacher pitted in and Kenan Sofuoglu officially won his fifth world championship and retained his title. Sofuoglu took the lead from Tuuli and took a cheeky look back. A lap later, he looked back again and Tuuli passed him. He gave another glance back at Smith. Sofuoglu realised that he was the champion and decided he could risk a fight for the victory.
Not wanting to be left out of the whole looking back thing, Tuuli looked back on lap fourteen and saw Sofuoglu who proceeded to pass him. Kyle Smith caught up too and tried a pass on the inside of a left hander but nearly crashed after going too deep and hitting gravel on the inside of the apex and had to concede the second place to Tuuli.
Sofuoglu and Tuuli were formation flying at the front as Smith dropped back into PJ Jacobsen's reach and their fight was back on. Two laps from the end, Federico Caricasulo dropped out of the race changing the sixth place battle into a fifth place battle over eight seconds off fourth placed Jacobsen and Axel Bassani and Jules Cluzel continued swapping paint with Ayrton Badovini and Bassani's ESS rival Illia Mykhalchyk contesting the place.
On the last lap, Sofuoglu had the lead all to himself as Tuuli missed a gear and dropped off the leader and had to fight to keep Smith and Jacobsen from spoiling Tuuli's third second place in three races.
Kenan Sofuoglu won the race and the title convincingly, ahead of Niki Tuuli and Kyle Smith with PJ Jacobsen just missing out on the podium. The fight a few seconds back was won by Axel Bassani from Jules Cluzel, Bassani tying up the first European Supersport title in the process.
Kenan Sofuoglu's sixth victory of the year, another dry podium, was the thirtieth of his career. It was the first he celebrated with a t-shirt gun, however, launching shirts into the grandstands on his victory lap.
|1||1||K. SOFUOGLU||Kawasaki ZX-6R|
|2||66||N. TUULI||Yamaha YZF R6||2.728|
|3||111||K. SMITH||Honda CBR600RR||3.398|
|4||2||P. JACOBSEN||Honda CBR600RR||3.505|
|5||47||A. BASSANI||Kawasaki ZX-6R||11.954|
|6||16||J. CLUZEL||MV Agusta F3 675||12.058|
|7||55||I. MYKHALCHYK||Kawasaki ZX-6R||13.510|
|8||86||A. BADOVINI||Honda CBR600RR||13.628|
|9||71||C. BERGMAN||Honda CBR600RR||19.854|
|10||87||L. ZANETTI||MV Agusta F3 675||20.210|
|11||61||A. ZACCONE||Kawasaki ZX-6R||20.333|
|12||80||X. PINSACH||Honda CBR600RR||22.299|
|13||78||H. OKUBO||Honda CBR600RR||26.762|
|14||81||L. STAPLEFORD||Triumph Daytona 675||26.940|
|15||63||Z. KHAIRUDDIN||Kawasaki ZX-6R||28.249|
|16||11||C. GAMARINO||Kawasaki ZX-6R||32.194|
|17||65||M. CANDUCCI||MV Agusta F3 675||33.920|
|18||69||O. JEZEK||Kawasaki ZX-6R||36.093|
|19||38||H. SOOMER||Yamaha YZF R6||36.400|
|20||6||D. STIRPE||Kawasaki ZX-6R||46.013|
|21||12||C. GOBBI||Yamaha YZF R6||46.033|
|22||23||C. TANGRE||Suzuki GSX-R600||53.813|
|23||83||L. EPIS||Kawasaki ZX-6R||53.848|
|24||50||B. ORTT||Honda CBR600RR||1'08.583|
|25||20||D. LOUREIRO||Honda CBR600RR||1'08.661|
|RET||44||R. ROLFO||MV Agusta F3 675||1 Lap|
|RET||64||F. CARICASULO||Honda CBR600RR||3 Laps|
|RET||10||N. CALERO||Kawasaki ZX-6R||4 Laps|
|RET||21||R. KRUMMENACHER||Kawasaki ZX-6R||13 Laps|
|RET||35||S. HILL||Honda CBR600RR||15 Laps|