2019 Buriram World Supersport Race Result: Fight To The Flag

The World Supersport race was seventeen laps, without the pit stop that split the Phillip Island race. 

Randy Krummenacher got a terrible start and came out of turn one in eighth place while Jules Cluzel, Federico Caricasulo, Isaac Vinales and Hikari Okubo charged away at the front. Thomas Gradinger went wide at turn one, losing and retaking fifth place on his way to setting the fastest lap and climbing to fourth place behind Jules Cluzel, Federico Caricasulo and Isaac Vinales. 

Five laps in, Randy Krummenacher was still in eighth place as the leading four Yamahas kept the fight at the front tight. On lap six, the leading four became a leading three as Gradinger's engine started smoking and he was called off the track, ending his weekend and putting a gap between fourth placed Okubo and the leading trio of Cluzel, Caricasulo and Vinales. Isaac Vinales then took second place from Federico Caricasulo at turn four and briefly held the lead for one corner until Jules Cluzel took it back on the exit of turn twelve.

Two laps later, Caricasulo took second back at turn three, using the long straight to set up the pass and taking the inside line on the brakes. Further back, Randy Krummenacher was scrapping with Hector Barbera on his quest to get in with a chance at a podium, and as Caricasulo and CLuzel were swapping the lead back and forth at turns three and four, Krummenacher set the fastest lap. 

Federico Caricasulo started lap twelve in the lead, but as they approached turn three, Jules Cluzel took a wide entry into the long hairpin while Caricasulo took a more defensive entry and a sweeping exit. Cluzel on the faster exit bombed into turn four and snatched the lead back, with Isaac Vinales trying to follow him through unsuccessfully. A lap later, Caricasulo took his more direct like into turn three once more, taking the lead from Cluzel and holding it until Cluzel's sneaking passing place at turn eight, arcing Caricasulo to lift his bike up to avoid the faster CLuzel, allowing Vinales to follow Cluzel through to second place. 

Meanwhile, Randy Krummenacher was having one of his mid-race renaissances, setting the fastest lap again on laps eleven and thirteen as he caught and passed Hikari Okubo for fourth place, a second off the prizefight at the front. As Caricasulo took second place back at turn three, Krummenacher did the same to Okubo and latched onto the back of Vinales.

Lap fifteen and Krummenacher was in third place, fending off Isaac Vinales and hounding Federico Caricasulo. Raffaele De Rosa then caught and passed Hikari Okubo bit was over a second off the four-way Yamaha brawl at the front. 

One lap from the end, Caricasulo took the lead at turn three again, with Clu=zel having to wait until turn eight to take it back, with Krummenacher following him though and making a go of it in turn nine to take second place. On the last lap, Cluzel could race his race without Caricasulo trying to take the lead into turn three. Caricasulo instead worked his magic on Krummenacher, but Krummenacher took an interesting line around the outside of turn four to take second place back. Isaac Vinales tried to follow Krummenacher and made Caricasulo's last lap more defensive than he would have wanted.

Jules Cluzel won the race ahead of Randy Krummenacher and Federico Caricasulo with Isaac Vinales less than a tenth of a second off the podium. 

Jules Cluzel was the first rider to repeat a victory at the Chang circuit, a task made more impressive knowing that his gearshift was on the right side of the bike to compensate for an injury he's carrying. 

Jules Cluzel and Randy Krummenacher share the championship lead ahead of Federico Caricasulo, Hector Barbera and Hikari Okubo.


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6  
2 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 0.939
3 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1.496
4 32 I. VINALES Yamaha YZF R6 1.572
5 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 2.861
6 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 4.599
7 80 H. BARBERA Yamaha YZF R6 9.047
8 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-6R 15.821
9 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 1.112
10 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 17.220
11 94 C. PEROLARI Yamaha YZF R6 18.160
12 56 P. SEBESTYEN Honda CBR600RR 24.255
13 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Honda CBR600RR 25.188
14 47 R. HARTOG Kawasaki ZX-6R 27.764
15 6 M. HERRERA Yamaha YZF R6 42.143
16 30 G. VAN STRAALEN Kawasaki ZX-6R 48.038
17 15 A. COPPOLA Honda CBR600RR 48.272
18 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 52.497
19 46 R. NAKCHAROENSRI Yamaha YZF R6 1'36.212
RET 22 F. FULIGNI MV Agusta F3 675 2 Laps
RET 95 J. DANILO Honda CBR600RR 9 Laps
RET 4 C. STANGE Honda CBR600RR 11 Laps
RET 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 12 Laps
RET 86 A. BADOVINI Kawasaki ZX-6R  
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That was obviously the best race of the weekend! Good battle for the win just about all race long. Nice to see De Rosa in there again with that wonderful MV Agusta F3, hopefully he can can get back to podium places and maybe even wins. That would be great for that unique little factory and great for the championship as well.

And Maria Herrera scoring her first point! Albeit at quite some distance to the winner, but she did overtake several guys in the last couple of laps. Is this the first ever point scored by a woman in the Supersport world championship..? I'm guessing it is.

I know she did quite well in the European championship Superstock 1000 on a Suzuki GSX-R750 in 1999 and 2000; I watched her ride at Hockenheim in 2000, and quite close to the front as well. Even got a podium at Misano, I remember. And of course those historic 2 points in the 250cc GP's, but I didn't know she rode in Supersport as well. I had to look that up. Indeed she participated once, in the German round in 1998 and finished 20th.

I also found she has two fastest laps in that Superstock 1000 Cup - on that 750! She sure was fast on that bike!

So it seems that Maria Herrera is the first woman to score points in World Supersport. I can only think of some American wildcards that may have done that, like Melissa Paris maybe. But I seem to remember she was further back. Elena Myers could have done it, I guess, if her career wasn't cut short by a nasty turn of events. I hope she has mentally recovered.

I saw her wrap up the Supermono championship on the Suzuki in 1998 at Brands Hatch. She was significantly quicker than anyone else. 

I just read in a Tweet here on the right that it was in fact Paola Cazzola in 2010 who was the first woman scoring points in World Supersport. Had to look that up too... Now I really wanted to know! Cazzola scored a point in Assen and two at Phillip Island that year. Her fastest laps were 5,9 and 4,3 seconds slower than those of the winner though (which was Eugene Laverty in both cases!), and she finished a lap behind in both races. Maria Herrera now finished 42 seconds behind the winner and her fastest lap in the race was less than 1,5 seconds off that of the winner, so she sure is on another level. (And at Phillip Island those numbers were 51 seconds and 2,0 seconds, so progress there).