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.
|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|