2019 Donington World Supersport Race Result: Close Racing In Nice Weather

World Supersport was twenty laps of Donington in nice weather.

Federico Caricasulo led the race into turn one, ten places ahead of his teammate and championship rival Randy Krummenacher. Jules Cluzel and Lucas Mahias followed Caricasulo, with Raffaele De Rosa getting a terrible start from the front row, getting pushed back to ninth place. Mahias took second place from Jules Cluzel, showing that his recent form on the Kawasaki was far from over.

On the second lap, with Brad Jones and Hikari Okubo behind them, Caricasulo, Mahias and Cluzel carried on their fight for the lead, with Cluzel trying to take second place at Fogarty's Esses. Randy Krummenacher set the fastest lap as he climbed to tenth place. 

Lucas Mahias struck on the third lap, taking the lead from Federico Caricasulo and setting the fastest lap in the process. Jules Cluzel pushed Caricasulo down to third, taking second from him into the Esses. Cluzel then set the fastest lap on lap four, only to beat it a lap later as all three leaders set it in succession. 

Six laps in, Randy Krummenacher took seventh place, and on lap eight, he passed Hannes Soomer and Brad Jones to claim fifth place behind Raffaele De Rosa, and at the Melbourne Loop on lap nine, he passed De Rosa into the loop, holding it in spite of a wide exit that De Rosa tried to capitalise on. Lap ten started with Krummenacher three and a half seconds behind the leaders. 

Randy Krummenacher closed the gap to the leading trio at a rate of three tenths of a second a lap, setting the fastest lap twice. On lap fourteen, the lead changed, with Jules Cluzel passing Lucas Mahias into turn one as Federico Caricasulo watched on. 

On lap sixteen of twenty, Jules Cluzel briefly had a gap to the two bikes fighting behind him, and it increased to almost a second as Federico Caricasulo and Lucas Mahias traded places back and forth in the Esses, then the loop and finally Goddards, the last corner. Caricasulo then set the fastest lap closing the gap between first and second places. 

Randy Krummenacher caught the leading trio four laps from the end, and all four riders looked for passes that weren't there as the laps ticked down, and eventually they crossed the line covered by less than a second. 

Jules Cluzel won ahead of Federico Caricasulo and Lucas Mahias. Randy Krummenacher missed out on a  podium by just four tenths of a second.

With his win, Jules Cluzel closed the gap to the top of the championship to forty one points from Randy Krummenacher and twenty six points from Federico Caricasulo. The gap at the top closed as Caricasulo took seven points out of Krummenacher's lead. Lucas Mahias's podium let him climb to fourth place in the title chase, nine points ahead of Hikari Okubo.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6  
2 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 0.114
3 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-6R 0.436
4 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 0.804
5 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 10.717
6 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 13.723
7 14 J. KENNEDY Yamaha YZF R6 14.024
8 94 C. PEROLARI Yamaha YZF R6 15.479
9 2 B. JONES Yamaha YZF R6 19.013
10 86 A. BADOVINI Kawasaki ZX-6R 24.841
11 56 P. SEBESTYEN Honda CBR600RR 35.462
12 47 R. HARTOG Kawasaki ZX-6R 39.450
13 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 41.770
14 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Honda CBR600RR 42.519
15 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 45.568
16 30 G. VAN STRAALEN Kawasaki ZX-6R 47.608
17 4 C. STANGE Honda CBR600RR 51.413
18 22 F. FULIGNI MV Agusta F3 675 51.936
19 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 52.252
20 66 A. TOLEDO Yamaha YZF R6 53.103
21 95 J. DANILO Honda CBR600RR 59.031
22 32 I. VINALES Yamaha YZF R6 1'00.901
23 53 G. SCONZA Honda CBR600RR 1'28.368
RET 11 K. SMITH Kawasaki ZX-6R 9
RET 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6  
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2019
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