2021 Estoril World Supersport Race 2 Result: More Close Racing

World Supersport's last race of the weekend would be, yet again, a close affair. 

Federico Caricasulo led into the first turn, but Philipp Oettl and Steven Odendaal snuck underneath him to push him to third. Raffaele de Rosa, Jules Cluzel and Can Oncu were behind them. 

Philipp Oettl set the fastest lap but couldn't shake the riders behind him, with everyone in the top nine in the same group, until the end of the lap when Federico Caricasulo dropped off the leading two to head what was now the second peloton. Dominique Aegerter in the middle of the second group set the fastest lap. Raffaele de Rosa took third place off Caricasulo into turn one, with Jules Cluzel behind him, defending his line from Aegerter behind him.

Raffaele de Rosa set the fastest lap as Dominique Aegerter took fifth from Jules Cluzel. Steven Odendaal had a Kawasaki ahead of him and behind him, with Philipp Oettl and Raffaele de Rosa on either end, covered by under half a second. Caricasulo was now over a second behind the podium places, with Aegerter and Cluzel hungering to get past.At the start of lap seven, two tenths of a second covered the leading trio as Aegerter took fourth place from Caricasulo. 

On lap nine, Aegerter started to close on the leading trio, leaving fifth-placed Caricasulo to hold up the riders behind him. Aegerter made the leading group four-long, and less than half a second covered the group. In spite of his pace, Aegerter couldn't pass any riders in front, with the tight group covered only by a third of a second. Aegerter attempted a pass for third place, but de Rosa held off the brakes just a touch longer. 

Lap twelve, and less than two tenths covered the four leading bikes, and as they slipstreamed in to the first turn, Raffaele de Rosa slipped under two bikes, and took the lead, followed by Philipp Oettl on the second Kawasaki. Oettl and de Rosa swapped places, and Aegerter took second off de Rosa at the timing beam, bit couldn't hold second place into the first turn. Jules Cluzel finally despatched Federico Caricasulo, but he had a one second gap two the four leaders.

A lap later, Cluzel closed the gap to the leading group as Aegerter passed de Rosa into turn six and at the start of lap fifteen, Aegerter slipped into the lead into turn one, and de Rosa passed Oettl a few turns later. Odendaal fancied some of that and knocked Oettl down to fourth place, half a second off the lead. Luca Bernardi took fifth off Jules Cluzel. At turn six, an aggressive pass from Raffaele de Rosa pushed Aegerter.

Then, he crashed. 

Rafaelle de Rosa led the race only to lose the front into turn nine, handing the lead to Dominique Aegerter who briefly lost the lead at turn six to Steven Odendaal only to take it back a turn later. Luca Bernardi caught and passed Philipp Oettl. Steven Odendaal then stuck his hand up as Jules Cluzel crashed out behind him, recovering several places behind. The damage was done before the last lap and Dominique Aegerter took the win with Luca Bernardi less than four tenths of a second behind him. Philipp Oettl took third place a second off the win with Manuel Gonzalez right behind him.

Steven Odendaal's mechanical failure ended his run of wins and Raffaele de Rosa and Jules Cluzel crashing out makes the championship fight unpredictable. Dominique Aegerter's win puts him within six points of Steven Odendaal at the top, with Philipp Oettl seventeen points behind him. Luca Bernardi's second place promotes him to fourth place in the title. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 77 D. AEGERTER Yamaha YZF R6  
2 29 L. BERNARDI Yamaha YZF R6 0.375
3 5 P. OETTL Kawasaki ZX-6R 0.664
4 81 M. GONZALEZ Yamaha YZF R6 1.175
5 38 H. SOOMER Yamaha YZF R6 2.327
6 94 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 3.034
7 61 C. ONCU Kawasaki ZX-6R 5.168
8 66 N. TUULI MV Agusta F3 675 11.206
9 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 11.224
10 70 M. ALCOBA Yamaha YZF R6 13.135
11 71 C. BERGMAN Yamaha YZF R6 14.557
12 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 14.856
13 95 V. TAKALA Yamaha YZF R6 23.223
14 34 K. MANFREDI Yamaha YZF R6 23.240
15 42 S. FROSSARD Yamaha YZF R6 25.171
16 22 F. FULIGNI Yamaha YZF R6 25.353
17 23 D. PIZZOLI Yamaha YZF R6 28.302
18 2 L. MONTELLA Yamaha YZF R6 28.772
19 55 G. HENDRA PRATAMA Yamaha YZF R6 32.761
20 6 M. HERRERA Yamaha YZF R6 37.885
21 15 E. MCMANUS Yamaha YZF R6 1'06.229
22 45 S. KAWASAKI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'06.320
23 19 P. SZKOPEK Yamaha YZF R6 1'11.053
RET 4 S. ODENDAAL Yamaha YZF R6 1 Lap
RET 3 R. DE ROSA Kawasaki ZX-6R 3 Laps
RET 84 M. FABRIZIO Kawasaki ZX-6R 7 Laps
RET 24 L. TACCINI Kawasaki ZX-6R 16 Laps
Round Number: 
2
2021
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