WSBK – WSSP Portugal: Van den Mark goes to the title 2014 –

WSSP Portugal: Van den Mark heads to the 2014 title

WSBK - WSSP Portugal: Van den Mark goes to the title 2014 -

Unlike Kenan Sofuoglu and Jules Cluzel who went off the track more than once, Michael van den Mark had a perfect race. Honda rider takes fourth win this season and rushes for title. Special mention to Kennedy who won his first World Supersport podium on the demanding track of Portimao. Race…

Unlike Kenan Sofuoglu and Jules Cluzel who went off the track more than once, Michael van den Mark had a perfect race. The Honda rider takes his fourth victory this season and rushes to the title. Special mention to Kennedy who won his first podium in the World Supersport on the demanding track of Portimao.

Supersport Race

Kenan Sofuoglu took off perfectly from his pole position, then failed to get ahead by plunging into the first corner but held on and ahead of Jules Cluzel, Michael van den Mark, jack Kennedy, Patrick Jacobsen, Florian Marino, Raffaele de Rosa, Lorenzo Zanetti, Massimo Roccoli, Kevin Coghlan … and Valentin Debise !

From the first lap, the four leading men moved away from the rest of the peloton. Sofuoglu attacks the straight line alone in front of Cluzel, VDM and Kennedy who, in the small game of aspirations, made the best operation and jumped to second place by diving into the first corner of the layout !

De Rosa and Jacobsen try to catch up the leading group in the second lap. Marino, seventh, ahead of the main body where the fight is raging, as always in Supersport. Debise remains eleventh, ahead of Rolfo, Tamburini, Bussolotti and Wilairot.

In front, Kenan maintains his ZX-6R in front of Jack’s CBR600RR … Our national Jules is a small second from the leading duo but is passed in the 4th lap by "Magic Michael". Raffaele de Rosa finds himself in the asp of MV Agusta n ° 16.

Irish driver Kennedy takes the lead in the next loop and immediately widens a gap on the three-time Turkish champion! The n ° 54 tries to recover its due on the first braking of the 6th lap but widens in the first curve, momentarily leaves the track and joins it in third position, just in front of Jules Cluzel !

Honda n ° 4 is now being chased by its sister at n ° 60, currently leading the championship! It only takes one lap for Van den Mark to join Kennedy and overtake him on the brakes at the end of the straight. Just behind, Sofuoglu applies to erase his mistake.

Jules Cluzel does not manage to stay in the wheel of the official Kawasaki: while Kenan finds himself in the backsplash of the Honda n ° 4 from the 8th lap, the MV Agusta remains slightly behind. Fortunately for our "Julo", De Rosa is no longer quite in the rhythm and can not threaten his fourth place..

The halfway mark has just been crossed when Cluzel misses out on the first corner. Our "Coq Supersportif" lost more ground than Sofuoglu – a couple of laps before that – and set off again on the track behind De Rosa. Cluzel is more than three seconds behind Sofuoglu.

Jules goes off the track on the 10th lap: brake problem, bad tire choice, loss of temper? Whatever the cause, this time the n ° 16 finds himself stuck in the gravel and "falls" in 18th place … Jules will give Portugal big points to his rivals.

The enemy n ° 1 (n ° 60) of Cluzel is precisely at the head of the race and increases its advance to more than a second. Behind, Sofuoglu tries to put the brakes on Kennedy in the first corner, climbs in front of the Irish driver but has to widen again. The lack of a gravel trap allows it to lose only a handful of tenths of a second !

The Turk catches up very quickly: from the 5th turn, a pin at the bottom of a bowl, Sofuoglu places his Kawa ‘inside the Honda n ° 4 and this time retains the advantage! The white flags are waved: as in the first Superbike race, the rain appears … But this time, the drops are much more numerous.

Cluzel chooses this moment to return to the pits. A few seconds later, the red flag was waved in turn by the marshals: the race therefore ended earlier than expected. Michael van den Mark does not have confirmation of his victory until he arrives in the parc fermé.

Jack Kennedy climbs on his first World Supersport podium and almost doubles his championship score! Kenan Sofuoglu is much less satisfied with his 60th podium: the third step gives him only 16 points.

The three-time Turkish champion therefore sees Van den Mark fly away in the provisional standings: the Dutchman has 160 points. Cluzel’s counter remains stuck at 107 units, that of Marino goes to 93 and that of Sofuoglu shows 83, almost half of the leader … and future champion in 2014? Case to follow, on Site !

Unlike Kenan Sofuoglu and Jules Cluzel who went off the track more than once, Michael van den Mark had a perfect race. The Honda rider takes his fourth victory this season and rushes to the title. Special mention to Kennedy, who won his first podium in the World Supersport on the demanding track of Portimao.

Supersport Race

Kenan Sofuoglu took off perfectly from his pole position, then failed to get ahead by diving into the first corner but held on and ahead of Jules Cluzel, Michael van den Mark, jack Kennedy, Patrick Jacobsen, Florian Marino, Raffaele de Rosa, Lorenzo Zanetti, Massimo Roccoli, Kevin Coghlan … and Valentin Debise !

From the first lap, the four leading men moved away from the rest of the peloton. Sofuoglu attacks the straight line alone in front of Cluzel, VDM and Kennedy who, in the small game of aspirations, made the best operation and jumped to second place by diving into the first corner of the layout !

De Rosa and Jacobsen try to tie up the leading group in the second lap. Marino, seventh, ahead of the main body where the fight is raging, as always in Supersport. Debise remains eleventh, ahead of Rolfo, Tamburini, Bussolotti and Wilairot.

In front, Kenan maintains his ZX-6R in front of Jack’s CBR600RR … Our national Jules is a small second from the leading duo but is passed in the 4th lap by "Magic Michael". Raffaele de Rosa finds himself in the asp of MV Agusta n ° 16.

Irish driver Kennedy takes the lead in the next loop and immediately widens a gap on the three-time Turkish champion! The n ° 54 tries to recover its due on the first braking of the 6th lap but widens in the first curve, momentarily leaves the track and joins it in third position, just in front of Jules Cluzel !

The Honda n ° 4 is therefore now being chased by its sister at n ° 60, currently leading the championship! It only takes one lap for Van den Mark to join Kennedy and overtake him on the brakes at the end of the straight. Just behind, Sofuoglu applies to erase his mistake.

Jules Cluzel does not manage to stay in the wheel of the official Kawasaki: while Kenan finds himself in the backsplash of the Honda n ° 4 from the 8th lap, the MV Agusta remains slightly behind. Fortunately for our "Julo", De Rosa is no longer quite in the rhythm and can not threaten his fourth place..

The halfway mark has just been crossed when Cluzel misses out on the first corner. Our "Coq Supersportif" lost more ground than Sofuoglu – a couple of laps before that – and set off again on the track behind De Rosa. Cluzel is more than three seconds behind Sofuoglu.

Jules goes off the track on the 10th lap: brake problem, bad tire choice, loss of temper? Whatever the cause, this time the n ° 16 finds himself stuck in the gravel and "falls" in 18th place … Jules will give Portugal big points to his rivals.

The enemy n ° 1 (n ° 60) of Cluzel is precisely at the head of the race and increases its advance to more than a second. Behind, Sofuoglu tries to put the brakes on Kennedy in the first corner, climbs in front of the Irish driver but has to widen again. The lack of a gravel trap allows it to lose only a handful of tenths of a second !

The Turk catches up very quickly: from the 5th turn, a pin at the bottom of a bowl, Sofuoglu places his Kawa ‘inside the Honda n ° 4 and this time retains the advantage! The white flags are waved: as in the first Superbike race, the rain appears … But this time, the drops are much more numerous.

Cluzel chooses this moment to return to the pits. A few seconds later, the red flag was in turn waved by the marshals: the race therefore ended earlier than expected. Michael van den Mark does not have confirmation of his victory until he arrives in the parc fermé.

Jack Kennedy climbs on his first World Supersport podium and almost doubles his championship score! Kenan Sofuoglu is much less satisfied with his 60th podium: the third step gives him only 16 points.

The three-time Turkish champion therefore sees Van den Mark fly away in the provisional standings: the Dutchman has 160 points. Cluzel’s counter remains stuck at 107 units, that of Marino goes to 93 and that of Sofuoglu shows 83, that is to say almost two times less than the leader … and future champion 2014? Case to follow, on Site !

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