2016 Qatar World Supersport Race Results: The Best Of The Rest

In a season dominated by Kenan Sofuoglu, the only battle left was the three-way battle for second-place between Randy Krummenacher, Jules Cluzel and PJ Jacobsen. Fifteen nighttime laps of Losail would sort that out.

The long run to the first turn was won by Alex Baldolini ahead of Randy Krummenacher, Jules Cluzel, Kenan Sofuoglu, Kyle Smith and PJ Jacobsen while pole-man Luke Stapleford was pushed out of the way by the charging bunch and later in the first lap, Stapleford tangled with Xavier Pinch and the two went into the gravel. Kenan Sofuoglu also suffered a bit from boisterousness in the first lap and he ended the first lap in sixth place.

At the beginning of the second lap, five bikes charged into the first turn as one, Kyle Smith slotting his Honda in behind Alex Baldolini's Dalmatian-patterned MV Agusta. Randy Krummenacher came out worst in fifth place, ahead of his teammate Sofuoglu.

Halfway round the second lap, Kyle Smith surprised Alex Baldolini with a sneaky pass and Jules Cluzel passed him a few turns later, braking underneath Baldolini cleanly to take second. Kyle Smith set the fastest lap, a lap that would not be bettered, earning him the Pirelli fastest lap award of the year.

With Krummenacher in fifth place and Cluzel in second, the Frenchman would take second in the championship if he could keep ahead of his Swiss rival. Kenan Sofuoglu played the role of loyal teammate for three laps, but as he saw PJ Jacobsen behind left behind by in third, he decided it was time to go. At the end of the long straight, at the beginning of the fourth lap, Sofuoglu passed Krummenacher and set his sights on Jacobsen ahead of him.

A lap later, Sofuoglu took fourth place from Jacobsen and set about closing the gap to Baldolini. Cluzel, a second ahead of this, passed Smith down the traight before the finish line, not needing the full length of the straight to pass him.

Two laps later, Smith took the lead back into turn one and Sofuoglu closed in on Baldolini and on lap seven, Baldolini looked to his left as he was squaring of a left-hander to see a world champion hitting the apex underneath him. Sofuoglu was third.

Lap eight, Kyle smith was a second clear of Jules Cluzel, Kenan Sofuoglu and Alex Baldolini with PJ Jacobsen holding off Randy Krummenacher over a second further back. A lap later, Sofuoglu used the long straight to pass Cluzel into the first turn. Baldolini didn't have the pace to stay with the front three and he fell first to Jacobsen then to Krummenacher a lap later.

With three laps to go, Sofuoglu drafted Smith for the lead into turn one and the pair broke free from Cluzel and took the fight to the end. Cluzel sat in a comfortable third and left the leading duo have their duel, while Jacobsen had to fight to keep Krummenacher from challenging him for fourth place.

On the last lap, Sofuoglu scythed his way to the front into the first turn as usual and held a hard-charging Smith for the whole lap, in spite of some spirited but clean attempts, but on the penultimate corner, a fast left-hander, Sofuoglu carried too many beans into the corner and went a few inches wide and had to hold back full power on the exit and Smith took his chance, passing underneath the five-times world champion into the last corner. Sofuoglu had more power though, and put in a hard charge to the line.

Kyle Smith won the last race of the year by six thousandths of a second from Kenan Sofuoglu with Jules Cluzel tying up second place in the championship in third place.

PJ Jacobsen finished fourth, ending the season in fourth place without having won a single race this year. Randy Krummenacher in fifth place had to settle for third place in the title chase, losing his second to Cluzel, but with a World Superbike ride next year, he won't be too upset.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR  
2 1 K. SOFUOGLU Kawasaki ZX-6R 0.006
3 16 J. CLUZEL MV Agusta F3 675 2.164
4 2 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR600RR 7.519
5 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Kawasaki ZX-6R 8.843
6 86 A. BADOVINI Honda CBR600RR 9.324
7 63 Z. KHAIRUDDIN Kawasaki ZX-6R 12.084
8 71 C. BERGMAN Honda CBR600RR 18.278
9 52 M. ROCCOLI MV Agusta F3 675 21.764
10 25 A. BALDOLINI MV Agusta F3 675 25.040
11 69 O. JEZEK Kawasaki ZX-6R 33.346
12 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 2'03.998 274,1
13 78 H. OKUBO Honda CBR600RR 38.781
14 77 K. RYDE Kawasaki ZX-6R 43.356
15 83 L. EPIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 43.358
16 35 S. HILL Honda CBR600RR 48.742
RET 64 F. CARICASULO Honda CBR600RR 1 Lap
RET 11 C. GAMARINO Kawasaki ZX-6R 9 Laps
RET 87 L. ZANETTI MV Agusta F3 675 9 Laps
RET 81 L. STAPLEFORD Triumph Daytona 675 9 Laps
RET 65 M. CANDUCCI MV Agusta F3 675 13 Laps
RET 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 14 Laps
RET 80 X. PINSACH Honda CBR600RR  
RET 44 R. ROLFO MV Agusta F3 675  

 

Round Number: 
13
2016
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