2021 Mandalika World Supersport Race Two Result: Fight To The End, As Usual

The last World Supersport race of the year wasn't immediately threatened by rain and would be nineteen laps to end the season. The track was a toasty 38ºC, much warmer than in the Superbike race this morning.

Federico Caricasulo led from the start but Can Oncu took the lead into turn ten. Manuel Gonzalez took third place from Raffaele De Rosa and started lap two over a second from the leading two, but he crashed out halfway round the lap at turn seven. Can Oncu set the fastest lap, a 1'37.674, but there were drops of rain reported around the track. Jeffrey Buis in sixteenth place was awarded a double long lap penalty for a jump start. Niki Tuuli set the fastest lap with a 1'37.444 on lap three.

Can Oncu led Federico Caricasulo with Raffaele De Rosa and Niki Tuuli two seconds behind them. Niki Tuuli set a 1'37.119 on lap four as Caricasulo and Tuuli chopped half a second from their gap to the leading pair. Dominique Aegerter was in a lonely fifth place, over a second off De Rosa and Tuuli. Tuuli took advantage of a mistake by De Rosa into turn eleven to take third place. 

Federico Caricasulo looked for a way past Can Oncu, but none of his attempts would work. Behind him, Niki Tuuli set another fastest lap, a 1'36.946, and closed to within a second by lap seven. Caricasulo finally got past Oncu into turn ten, pulling alongside him exiting turn nine. Caricasulo led Oncu and Tuuli with Raffaele De Rosa and Dominique Aegerter closing up to make the leading group five bikes long with Jules Cluzel under two seconds behind them. 

The leading five riders were covered by just eight tenths of a second as Jules Cluzel closed up to under a second and a half off the pack. Into turn fifteen, Can Oncu makes an ambitious move that pushed him and Caricasulo offline, letting Niki Tuuli scythe underneath to take the lead. 

At half race distance, Niki Tuuli led Can Oncu, Federico Caricasulo, Raffaele De Rosa, Dominique Aegerter and Jules Cluzel. Hannes Soomer was over six seconds behind in seventh place. On lap eleven, Niki Tuuli set a 1'36.849 for the fastest lap and a lap record. A lap later, Jules Cluzel closed up with a 1'36.820 lap record as the leading six were covered by under a second and a half.

Federico Caricasulo took second place into turn ten and a lap later, Can Oncu ended up at the back of the leading pack, losing grip in turn sixteen, as Jules Cluzel charged through to fourth place, then third by lap fifteen, passing De Rosa into turn one. Steven Odendaal ended his year, crashing out of ninth place at turn eight, but his bike kept going across the run off before gracefully falling over, leaving him with a long walk to his parked bike.

On lap seventeen of nineteen, Can Oncu was almost two seconds off the leading five as Federico Caricasulo used turn ten to take the lead on his borrowed bike. Jules Cluzel took second place from Tuuli in turn one of lap eighteen and he took the lead exiting turn nine, as Tuuli went wide to drop to fourth place. Dominique Aegerter passed Caricasulo into turn fifteen and pushed to catch Cluzel and he closed through turn seven at the edge of adhesion and held the run to turn ten for the lead.

In the last three turns, Cluzel barged past Aegerter but went wide on the penultimate corner, letting Aegerter and Caricasulo through. Caricasulo then tried to get alongside Aegerter who then went wide into the last turn, pushing Caricasulo wide with him. Jules Cluzel kept on the clean line, with Niki Tuuli on his tail, and the pair shot past the Yamahas, with Cluzel leading Tuuli, Aegerter and Caricasulo to the line. 

Jules Cluzel picked up the pieces from a tense fight to take the victory ahead of Niki Tuuli. Dominique Aegerter finished ahead of Federico Caricasulo as Caricasulo lost drive down the straight as his wheel lifted while he returned to the track. 

Ten Kate took the team title with Dominique Aegerter's third place, even if his attempt at a burnout was a failure. Jules Cluzel's victory was his fourth of the year and consolidated his fourth place in the championship, behind Manuel Gonzalez. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6  
2 66 N. TUULI MV Agusta F3 675 0.419
3 77 D. AEGERTER Yamaha YZF R6 0.640
4 94 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 0.714
5 3 R. DE ROSA Kawasaki ZX-6R 1.802
6 61 C. ONCU Kawasaki ZX-6R 6.922
7 38 H. SOOMER Yamaha YZF R6 11.873
8 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 12.659
9 5 P. OETTL Kawasaki ZX-6R 13.807
10 56 P. SEBESTYEN Yamaha YZF R6 19.522
11 95 V. TAKALA Yamaha YZF R6 20.007
12 40 U. ORRADRE Yamaha YZF R6 28.530
13 55 G. HENDRA PRATAMA Yamaha YZF R6 37.296
14 74 A. GONZALEZ Yamaha YZF R6 52.763
15 64 J. BUIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'14.962
Round Number: 
13
2021
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