2017 Assen World Supersport Race Results: Don't Celebrate Too Soon

Round four of the World Supersport championship would be eighteen laps of Assen, the Cathedral of Speed.

Kenan Sofuoglu exploited his pole position to perfection, getting to the first turn first and letting the rest of the field fight for positions behind him. Lucas Mahias burst through from the second row to second place ahead of Sheridan Morais and Kyle Ryde. Jules Cluzel took fifth place off PJ Jacobsen toward the end of the opening lap.

The second lap was another good one for Jules Cluzel, passing Kyle Ryde for fourth place and setting the fastest lap, a plaudit that would hold for precisely one lap before Kenan Sofuoglu set a faster one on lap three.

Sofuoglu’s setting the fastest lap allowed him to break free of Lucas Mahias in second and turn the race into a race for second behind the World Champion. Jules Cluzel climbed to third place, a second behind his fellow Frenchman in second and by lap seven, he had caught Mahias and had brought a party with him.

Kenan Sofuoglu led the pack by over two seconds by the time Cluzel caught Mahias and a few laps later, by the time Cluzel passed Mahias, it was almost three seconds. At the end of lap eleven, Cluzel and Mahias had finally pulled away from the Sheridan Morias, Federico Caricasulo and PJ Jacobsen battle raging behind them and Mahias celebrated this by making a pass stick on Cluzel into the Geert Timmer chicane to take second.

By lap thirteen, the fight for fourth place caught up with the two Frenchmen and, after a mistake by Lucas Mahias, Jules Cluzel and Federico Caricasulo took second and third place off him but two laps later and he was back behind Cluzel. A lap later, Mahias was in second place.

On the penultimate lap, PJ Jacobsen, last in the five-man battle for second place, was on the move, starting at the end of the lap with a pass on Sheridan Morais pass for fifth place.

On the last lap, with Kenan Sofuoglu on the horizon, Jules CLuzel increased his pace, setting his sights on one last charge to the flag but unfortunately, Lucas Mahias had the same idea and Cluzel couldn’t find a way past until the end of the lap. As Mahias sliced neatly through the chicane, Kenan Sofuoglu already having take the chequered flag, he thought he had a half second lead over Cluzel and lifted his front wheel to the heavens to celebrate, only to see a green and white Honda blur past him at the flag. After a few heart-stopping seconds, his second place was confirmed, a mere five thousandths of a second ahead of Jules Cluzel. PJ Jacobsen missed out on the podium, but his late charge netted him thirteen points for his fourth place.

Kenan Sofuoglu finally finished a race in 2017 and starts his campaign to retain his title with a pole position, a fastest lap and a race win. Lucas Mahias’s second place keeps him at the top of the championship, twenty points ahead of Sheridan Morais. Roberto Rolfo’s solitary point this round dropped him to third place with PJ Jacobsen just two points behind him.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 K. SOFUOGLU Kawasaki ZX-6R  
2 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 2.611
3 16 J. CLUZEL Honda CBR600RR 2.616
4 99 P. JACOBSEN MV Agusta F3 675 4.127
5 32 S. MORAIS Yamaha YZF R6 4.706
6 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 4.941
7 65 M. CANDUCCI Kawasaki ZX-6R 7.664
8 81 L. STAPLEFORD Triumph Daytona 675 11.993
9 11 C. GAMARINO Honda CBR600RR 13.092
10 47 R. HARTOG Kawasaki ZX-6R 13.226
11 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 13.767
12 77 K. RYDE Kawasaki ZX-6R 14.339
13 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 19.373
14 13 A. WEST Yamaha YZF R6 20.205
15 44 R. ROLFO MV Agusta F3 675 21.359
16 66 N. TUULI Yamaha YZF R6 21.436
17 4 G. REA Kawasaki ZX-6R 21.876
18 61 A. ZACCONE MV Agusta F3 675 22.727
19 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 36.678
22 62 V. VAN DER VALK Yamaha YZF R6 43.730
23 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Yamaha YZF R6 53.514
24 56 P. SEBESTYÉN Kawasaki ZX-6R 54.103
RET 73 J. CRETARO Suzuki GSX-R600 14
RET 26 K. WATANABE Kawasaki ZX-6R 6 Laps
RET 83 L. EPIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 9 Laps
RET 7 D. PIZZOLI MV Agusta F3 675 9 Laps
RET 63 Z. KHAIRUDDIN Kawasaki ZX-6R 10 Laps
RET 92 H. KUNIKAWA Honda CBR600RR 6
RET 35 S. HILL Triumph Daytona 675 14 Laps

 

Round Number: 
4
2017
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Comments

......was not this one :D

How about WSS300. What a tough insane class. Really scary crash at the end there. those guys are brave.