2019 Magny-Cours World Supersport Race Result: Red Flag Shortens Race To Twelve Exciting Laps

The World Supersport was stopped after a turn one crash involving three riders from around the sixth row of the grid. A quick restart was implemented for a reduced twelve lap race as a result. Randy Krummenacher leads the championship by ten points over Federico Caricasulo and forty eight points over Jules Cluzel with seventy five points remaining in the year.

Jules Cluzel led the restarted race ahead of Ayrton Badovini, Federico Caricasulo, Kyle Smith and Randy Krummenacher. Just as Lucas Mahias passed Corentin Perolari for sixth place, Randy Krummenacher applied too much power out of a corner and spat his bike off the track, ending his race. Lucas Mahias avoided the crash and recovered in fifth place. 

After lots of position changes in the first lap, Jules Cluzel led Federico Caricasulo and Ayrton Badovini over the line and Caricasulo was alerted to Krummenacher's crash. Caricasulo took the lead and set the fastest lap in celebration.

At the start of lap four, Caricasulo was given a free tenths of breathing room as Jules Cluzel, who was hounding him all lap ahead of a three-way scrap for third, made an error exiting the chicane before the starting grid and slowed himself and all the riders behind him down. Jules Cluzel was almost two seconds behind Caricasulo as the three riders behind him once again swapped places up and down at the Adelaide hairpin, but at turn thirteen, as if to make the title chase more interesting, Federico Caricasulo lost the rear and crashed out, instantly grabbing the clutch to try to get the rear wheel stopped so he could remount and recover in twentieth place. 

Jules Cluzel led Ayrton Badovini, Isaac Vinales, Kyle Smith and Lucas Mahias but at the halfway point, Lucas Mahias started moving up in the ranks, unable to make passes into Adelaide stick, but perfectly capable at turn thirteen. Federico Caricasulo was trying to get back into the points, but he pushed too hard and crashed out again, ending his weekend.

Lap seven, Isaac Vinales took the lead from Jules Cluzel at the Adelaide hairpin and Lucas Mahias took second from him at turn thirteen, having pushed Ayrton Badovini to fourth place. In turn three of lap eight, Lucas Mahias took the lead, but was mullered down the straight into the Adelaide hairpin by Isaac Vinales. At turn thirteen, though, Lucas Mahias at his "virage de l'année" passed Vinales to retake the lead. 

Vinales tried to take the lead back, but had to deal with Ayrton Badovini taking second place briefly from him. On lap ten, Vinales set the fastest lap and, at Adelaide on lap eleven, took the lead after a sweeping line through turn three to give him vastly superior drive through the kink that is turn four before the hairpin.

On the last lap, Lucas Mahias tried in vain to pass Isaac Vinales in all the regular passing places, not having the power at Adelaide and not getting close enough at 180, but at turn thirteen, he was in the right place for his favourite move of the weekend, and he took and held the lead. Vinales had one last chance to win, taking a very wide line round turn fourteen, but Mahias, taking the tight line, held the apex to block the switchback manoeuvre Vinales had planned. After the pair barrelled through the chicanes on the limit, Mahias held the lead across the line to take his first victory of the year and his first on the Kawasaki. Badovini held third place ahead of Raffaele De Rosa. Jules Cluzel, needing a good result to keep his championship hopes alive, finished sixth.

Lucas Mahias consolidates his fourth place in the championship while Jules Cluzel climbs to within twenty eight points of Federico Caricasulo and thirty eight points from Randy Krummenacher at the top off the championship chase. The leading two both scoring no points mean the gap at the top is the exact same ten points we started the day with. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-6R  
2 32 I. VINALES Yamaha YZF R6 0.264
3 86 A. BADOVINI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1.050
4 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 1.388
5 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 2.166
6 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 3.205
7 94 C. PEROLARI Yamaha YZF R6 4.748
8 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 5.504
9 11 K. SMITH Kawasaki ZX-6R 6.569
10 56 P. SEBESTYEN Honda CBR600RR 6.674
11 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 8.678
12 95 J. DANILO Honda CBR600RR 20.774
13 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 0.179
14 4 C. STANGE Honda CBR600RR 21.497
15 48 X. NAVAND Yamaha YZF R6 28.584
16 31 D. VALLE Yamaha YZF R6 28.862
17 69 G. POT Yamaha YZF R6 31.195
18 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Honda CBR600RR 31.462
RET 47 R. HARTOG Kawasaki ZX-6R 7 Laps
RET 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 7 Laps
RET 61 G. RUIU Yamaha YZF R6 7 Laps
RET 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6  
RET 30 G. VAN STRAALEN Kawasaki ZX-6R  
RET 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R  
RET 22 F. FULIGNI MV Agusta F3 675  
RET 9 M. BAU Yamaha YZF R6  
Round Number: 
11
2019
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