With Kenan Sofuoglu missing this weekend, the title could be decided this race, with Lucas Mahias needing to end the race 25 points clear of Sofuoglu to lift the trophy.
Sheridan Morais got a great start and led into turn one, but Federico Caricasulo made short work of him within a few turns and Jules Cluzel followed Caricasulo through a few turns later. PJ Jacobsen and Lucas Mahias were fourth and fifth respectively.
On the second lap, Jules Cluzel set the fastest lap, approaching the lap record as Sheridan Morais dropped back to fifth place as both PJ Jacobsen and Lucas Mahias passed him. At the start of lap three, Morais fell to Christian Gamarino into the first turn and the jobbing Anthony West later round. At the end of the lap, as Lucas Mahias broke the lap record, Cluzel took the lead from Caricasulo only to lose it into the first turn.
On lap four, it was Federico Caricasulo's turn to break the lap record as Anthony West took fifth place and looked eager to get to the front, with a one second gap to the fights for third and first ahead of him. By lap seven, West had caught the front four and the front five riders were all within passing distance of each other.
Anthony West took Kenan Sofuoglu's bike this weekend as one of his many rides in what he describes as his "crazy life" as a jobbing seat-filler. His job was to help the Puccetti team, and the absent Sofuoglu, and get a good result. Getting past Lucas Mahias and keeping the title chase alive until the last weekend would count as a job well done.
On lap eight, Lucas Mahias missed an apex, trying to close on PJ Jacobsen and Anthony West seized his chance and capitalised on Mahias's error to take fourth place from him. A lap later, the tight bunch of five riders split into smaller shards, Caricasulo and Cluzel leaving Jacobsen in a lonely third place with West and Mahias fighting for fourth. Jules Cluzel set a personal best lap and remained firmly on Caricasulo's rear wheel, able to match the man in front's every move.
On lap eleven, Anthony West was eager for a podium and tried to sneak under PJ Jacobsen's MV Agusta at turn eight, spitting flames from his exhaust as Jacobsen cut for the apex, forcing West to close the throttle and scrub a bit of speed and drive. A lap later, West tried the same only with an earlier start to his pass on turn eight, making the pass stick until the start of the next lap where Jacobsen took third place back into the first turn. West kept up and took third back at turn thirteen, the last corner. Again, Jacobsen cruised past into the first turn but West kept at it and made a pass stick mid-lap and held his position for a few laps until the gap back to Jacobsen in fourth was safe.
The last few laps, third, fourth, fifth and sixth places were settled without closable gaps, but the fight for the win was far from decided. Jules Cluzel waited until the last sector of the last lap to make a move, able to match Federico Caricasulo turn by turn. Cluzel tried at turn six first, then turn ten, but Caricasulo turned his Kawasaki in earlier every turn, thwarting the Frenchman's hopes at keeping his championship hopes alive.
Jules Cluzel needed a win, with Lucas Mahias in fifth place, to close his gap to the title to twenty-five points and a win on count back possible in the last round.
Jules Cluzel made a lunch at turn twelve, a fast right-hander before the last left-hand Jorge Lorenzo corner where many races were decided in the past.
Federico Caricasulo would not yield.
Caricasulo held the line and leant onto Cluzel's Honda, and the pair were lined up with Caricasulo holding the outside line that gave him the inside line as they headed into the last corner. Cluzel's early choice put him in the wrong place for a last corner pass, the turn twelve attempt removing the option of a turn thirteen chance, and his only hope was to get better drive out of the last turn, but Caricasulo didn't make a mistake and he turned the lead into the win.
Federico Caricasulo won the race, ahead of Jules Cluzel and Anthony West. Cluzel's second place leaves him in contention for second place in the championship, but Lucas Mahias's fifth place leaves the title to be decided at the night races of the last round. If Kenan Sofuoglu returns for Qatar, he is still in contention for the title, but if he can't race, Mahias will be crowned.
Hannes Soomer fifteenth place gave him the ESS title as the European Championship closes for 2017.
|1||64||F. CARICASULO||Yamaha YZF R6|
|2||16||J. CLUZEL||Honda CBR600RR||0.065|
|3||13||A. WEST||Kawasaki ZX-6R||1.652|
|4||99||P. JACOBSEN||MV Agusta F3 675||3.735|
|5||144||L. MAHIAS||Yamaha YZF R6||7.248|
|6||32||S. MORAIS||Yamaha YZF R6||11.694|
|7||66||N. TUULI||Yamaha YZF R6||15.644|
|8||47||R. HARTOG||Kawasaki ZX-6R||16.380|
|9||4||G. REA||Kawasaki ZX-6R||16.970|
|10||11||C. GAMARINO||Honda CBR600RR||17.519|
|11||65||M. CANDUCCI||Kawasaki ZX-6R||17.933|
|12||61||A. ZACCONE||MV Agusta F3 675||19.390|
|13||78||H. OKUBO||Honda CBR600RR||20.526|
|14||5||A. BASSANI||Kawasaki ZX-6R||21.231|
|15||38||H. SOOMER||Honda CBR600RR||22.056|
|16||71||C. BERGMAN||Honda CBR600RR||24.168|
|17||87||L. ZANETTI||MV Agusta F3 675||24.473|
|18||81||L. STAPLEFORD||Triumph Daytona 675||27.842|
|19||63||Z. KHAIRUDDIN||Kawasaki ZX-6R||34.299|
|20||17||M. PONS||Kawasaki ZX-6R||37.846|
|21||74||J. VAN SIKKELERUS||Yamaha YZF R6||38.809|
|22||26||K. WATANABE||Kawasaki ZX-6R||40.105|
|23||69||X. CARDELUS||Yamaha YZF R6||40.237|
|24||83||L. EPIS||Kawasaki ZX-6R||58.998|
|25||48||G. SCARCELLA||Honda CBR600RR||1'13.659|
|RET||111||K. SMITH||Honda CBR600RR||2 Laps|
|RET||56||P. SEBESTYÉN||Kawasaki ZX-6R||15|
|RET||30||97 M. SCHEIB||Kawasaki ZX-6R||5 Laps|
|RET||10||N. CALERO||Kawasaki ZX-6R||9 Laps|
|RET||25||A. BALDOLINI||Yamaha YZF R6||11 Laps|
|RET||35||S. HILL||Triumph Daytona 675||18 Laps|