Kenan Sofuoglu will not be competing in this race, having fractured his hip in yesterday's Superpole two session. It is unlikely he will be able to fight for his sixth title in the remaining two rounds after this weekend, either. The grid lined up without him, everyone behind his third place moving up a spot and the weather threatened to make things interesting, as the start was declared dry while clouds licked around the edges of the track.
Gino Rea's Kawasaki let him down on the warm-up lap, Rea visibly frustrated with his machine, and he pitted in and wouldn't start the race.
As the lights went out, Sheridan Morais led an all-Yamaha front three of himself, Niki Tuuli and Federico Caricasulo ahead of Jules Cluzel and Kazuki Watanabe. Lucas Mahias, starting eleventh, had his front tyre clipped by Michael Canducci and the Frenchman ended the first lap in nineteenth place. Mahias set the fastest lap on lap two and climbed six places to start the third lap in thirteenth place. PJ Jacobsen climbed to fifth place, passing Alessandro Zaccone, Kazuki Watanabe, Christian Gamarino and Christoffer Bergman and set the fastest lap on lap three.
Lucas Mahias set another fastest lap, and another a lap later, while at the front Federico Caricasulo took the lead off Sheridan Morais, with Niki Tuuli following him through to take second place. PJ Jacobsen set a fastest lap as he passed Jules CLuzel for fourth place and closed up to the three Yamahas in front. On lap seven, Tuuli took the lead from Caricasulo at turn five as Sheridan Morais struggled to keep up, getting passed by Jacobsen and Cluzel and losing touch with the four riders in front.
Lucas Mahias was now in seventh place and on target to take the championship lead back. He set the fastest lap again on lap ten while Niki Tuuli and Federico Caricasulo swapped places at the front. On lap thirteen, Mahias passed his fellow Frenchman Jules Cluzel for fourth place, but that would be as far as he could get.
Federico Caricasulo set a few fastest laps, but no matter what, he could not find a way past Niki Tuuli and the Finnish Yamaha rider won his first race, with Caricasulo and PJ Jacobsen joining him on the podium. Sheridan Morais lost a few more places on the penultimate lap, helping fourth-placed Lucas Mahias's championship chase.
The rain stayed away and championship leader Lucas Mahias will leave France nine points ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu and thirty-two points ahead of Sheridan Morais with two rounds and fifty points left this year.
|1||66||N. TUULI||Yamaha YZF R6|
|2||64||F. CARICASULO||Yamaha YZF R6||0.875|
|3||99||P. JACOBSEN||MV Agusta F3 675||5.692|
|4||144||L. MAHIAS||Yamaha YZF R6||9.433|
|5||16||J. CLUZEL||Honda CBR600RR||13.340|
|6||87||L. ZANETTI||MV Agusta F3 675||13.452|
|7||65||M. CANDUCCI||Kawasaki ZX-6R||13.809|
|8||32||S. MORAIS||Yamaha YZF R6||14.216|
|9||111||K. SMITH||Honda CBR600RR||16.571|
|10||81||L. STAPLEFORD||Triumph Daytona 675||18.057|
|11||78||H. OKUBO||Honda CBR600RR||20.096|
|12||71||C. BERGMAN||Honda CBR600RR||24.040|
|13||38||H. SOOMER||Honda CBR600RR||26.424|
|14||25||A. BALDOLINI||Yamaha YZF R6||27.482|
|15||11||C. GAMARINO||Honda CBR600RR||30.415|
|16||2||C. TANGRE||Suzuki GSX-R600||39.362|
|17||47||R. HARTOG||Kawasaki ZX-6R||40.229|
|18||35||S. HILL||Triumph Daytona 675||41.281|
|19||63||Z. KHAIRUDDIN||Kawasaki ZX-6R||42.115|
|20||74||J. VAN SIKKELERUS||Yamaha YZF R6||42.791|
|21||56||P. SEBESTYÉN||Kawasaki ZX-6R||43.862|
|22||77||K. RYDE||Kawasaki ZX-6R||51.599|
|23||42||S. FROSSARD||Yamaha YZF R6||51.695|
|24||83||L. EPIS||Kawasaki ZX-6R||51.929|
|RET||44||R. ROLFO||Honda CBR600RR||3 Laps|
|RET||26||K. WATANABE||Kawasaki ZX-6R||4 Laps|
|RET||61||A. ZACCONE||MV Agusta F3 675||10|
|RET||10||N. CALERO||Kawasaki ZX-6R||15 Laps|
|RET||4||G. REA||Kawasaki ZX-6R|