2018 Donington World Supersport Race Result: Not Much In It For The Title

World Supersport was 20 laps of good weather and a very tight championship fight. Nacho Calero would not start the race due to a technical problem.

Jules Cluzel made it to the first corner in the lead while Lucas Mahias struggled to keep the front wheel off the tarmac and was passed by Sandro Cortese and Rafaelle De Rosa for his troubles. Hikari Okubo and Randy Krummenacher rounded out the top six. 

On the second lap, with Jules Cluzel starting with a bit of a gap, Sandro Cortese closed the gap and set the fastest lap in the process. By lap four, the two leaders had a bit of a gap from Rafaelle De Rosa who was over a second clear of a struggling Lucas Mahias. Hikari Okubo crashed out trying to catch up Krummenacher who had caught Mahias to fight for fourth place. 

Eight laps in, De Rosa had joined the front two, almost three seconds clear of the Mahias-Krummenacher duel, and as the leading trio headed towards Starkey's Straight, Cluzel left a tiny gap going into the fast right hander and Cortese put his Yamaha into it. The pair made contact exiting the corner but they didn't lose any time as Cortese in the lead apologised to Cluzel and the race continued. 

Randy Krummenacher, on lap nine, squeezed past Lucas Mahias at turn four just as the pair were joined by Federico Caricasulo but the gap to third place kept climbing for five laps. Just as Krummenacher increased his pace to close the gap down, he lost the rear on Coppice and just managed to save the rear, only losing one place to Mahias, recovering before Caricasulo could steal a place.

Sandro Cortese, Jules Cluzel and Rafaelle De Rosa had over three seconds of freedom at the front of the race until lap sixteen when Cluzel made a mistake and let De Rosa take second place from him and gifting Cortese with clean air behind him. 

While Cortese maintained his gap at the front, Lucas Mahias in fourth started closing up to the leading trio in an effort to get away from Randy Krummenacher and Federico Caricasulo, but the Yamaha trio were too far back to get close enough to consider a challenge for the podium.

One lap from the end, Jules Cluzel snatched second place back from Rafaelle De Rosa heading into the Fogarty Esses and fought off the MV Agusta man for the last lap.

Sandro Cortese beat Jules Cluzel by over a second and the pair took the top two spots of the tight championship fight, pushing Randy Krummenacher and Lucas Mahias down to third and fourth place. 


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R6  
2 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1.377
3 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 2.676
4 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 4.618
5 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 5.059
6 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 7.003
7 86 A. BADOVINI MV Agusta F3 675 14.685
8 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 16.315
9 32 S. MORAIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 24.345
10 96 A. IRWIN Honda CBR600RR 25.107
11 13 A. WEST Kawasaki ZX-6R 27.825
12 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 29.708
13 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 32.683
14 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 32.922
15 6 C. PEROLARI Yamaha YZF R6 33.389
16 81 L. STAPLEFORD Yamaha YZF R6 34.217
17 35 S. HILL Triumph Daytona 675 45.174
18 22 E. LAHTI Suzuki GSX-R600 51.162
19 15 A. COPPOLA Yamaha YZF R6 55.775
20 77 W. TESSELS Kawasaki ZX-6R 59.715
21 65 M. CANDUCCI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'07.471
22 34 J. ITURRIOZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'10.148
RET 47 R. HARTOG Kawasaki ZX-6R 14 Laps
RET 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 16 Laps
RET 61 R. VICKERS Honda CBR600RR 19 Laps
RET 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R  
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Jared, you wanted Yamaha instead of "Kawasaki trio too far back", yes?

good synopsis,


That’s what the official results say. He was, of course, on a Triumph.