WSBK – WSSP Qatar: the rookie Smith wins in his turn! –

WSSP Qatar: rookie Smith wins in turn !

WSBK - WSSP Qatar: the rookie Smith wins in his turn! -

After Torres in the first SBK round, rookie Kyle Smith unlocked his own Supersport victory counter. The Honda rider also wins ahead of the 2015 champion, Sofuoglu, who brings Kawasaki the constructor title.

Supersport Race Lucas Mahias got off to a very good start but couldn‘t surprise Kenan Sofuoglu on the brakes. The Franco-Grolandais …

After Torres in the first SBK round, rookie Kyle Smith unlocked his own Supersport victory counter. The Honda rider also wins ahead of the 2015 champion, Sofuoglu, who brings Kawasaki the constructor title.

Supersport Race

Lucas Mahias got off to a very good start but couldn’t surprise Kenan Sofuoglu on the brakes. The Franco-Grolandais precedes PJ Jacobsen, Lorenzo Zanetti, Kyle Smith, Marco Faccani, Nico Terol, Fabio Menghi and Christian Gamarino.

The No. 14 Yamaha completes the first lap in the wheel of the No. 54 Kawasaki and does not let go in the straight line. Honda n ° 99 pretends to shift to overtake our good Lucas but the American remains third. In the double right at the start of the course, Jacobsen even lost a place to Zanetti.

The Italian driver will do everything to keep his third place, because it is synonymous with third place in the 2015 championship in front of his unfortunate teammate, our unfortunate compatriot Jules Cluzel deprived of the end of the season because of his fall in Jerez…

Attacked by Zanetti at the start of the second round, Mahias did not give up: the n ° 14 slipped his R6 outside the official F3 n ° 87 and kept his second place. One lap later, the Italian took advantage of a small gap from the French to climb to second position.

Jacobsen and Smith complete the Top 5 less than a second behind Sofuoglu. The two Honda riders do not miss a beat of the show. Kyle Smith is even actively involved, performing magnificent glides from the rear on the brakes. !

Stylish, the No. 111 of the Honda Pata team lacks a hint of efficiency: each time he finds an opening on Jacobsen under braking, the Briton is passed over under acceleration. These weapons passes prevent the two CBR600RR from playing with the ZX-6R, F3 and YZF-R6 still installed on the podium.

Right in front, Sofuoglu dominates Zanetti and Mahias but the poleman (eight tenths of a second faster than Mahias in qualifying!) Does not distance his opponents. As the three men go on quick laps, Kyle Smith completes an even faster lap…

The Honda Pata rider sets the fastest time in the race in his seventh lap and takes Mahias to third place! The Briton continued his superb comeback on the following lap, passing Sofuoglu at the end of the straight line and going twice to pass Zanetti in the winding.

PJ Jacobsen on the contrary is struggling on his own CBR prepared by the Honda Core team: the runner-up is overtaken by Nico Terol in the ninth lap … Gino Rea got rid of – who fell the previous lap -, replacing Jules Cluzel is more than three seconds from Smith.

Still in the lead with four laps from the end, the n ° 111 is a few steps ahead of Sofuoglu. The Turkish Ninja on the other hand is harassed by Zanetti. Lucas Mahias lost contact on the factory F3 on the 11th lap. The podium moves away for the Blue !

Three seconds behind the No. 14 Yamaha, Jacobsen regained fifth place from Terol. The three Italians Rolfo, Faccani, Baldolini are fighting for seventh place, the Swiss Schmitter and the transalpine Menghi are fighting for the tenth…

In front, Kyle Smith drives home the point and starts the last lap with half a second ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu and Lorenzo Zanetti. The Italian is pushing a little too much in the first sequences and cannot attack the Turkish in the pins halfway through…

The factory pilot MV Agusta takes better care of his trajectories at the end of the route and launches into the home straight in the wheel of Ninja n ° 54! As Kyle Smith walks quietly to the finish line, Zanetti is surprised by a sharp gap from Sofuoglu down the straight..

Lorenzo jumps up, loses precious km / h … and all hope of getting on the second step of the podium. The n ° 87 is still satisfied because his third place in Qatar secures him the third place in the championship, which should facilitate his negotiation for a handlebar in 2016 with MV Agusta….

Winner for the first time this season – his first in World Supersport! -, Kyle Smith intends to be back next year too, just like Lucas Mahias (4th in Losail) as well as Jules Cluzel of course !

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