WSSP Spain: Imperial Sofuoglu, feverish Cluzel
The four-time Supersport champion Kenan Sofuoglu won a resounding victory this afternoon in Aragon, his first of the year. Jules Cluzel, on the contrary, struggled and was removed from the podium by Randy Krummenacher and Nico Terol. Supersport Aragon Race 2016 Kenan Sofuoglu got off to a very good start but Patrick Jacobsen got a better one…
The four-time Supersport champion Kenan Sofuoglu won a resounding victory this afternoon in Aragon, his first of the year. Jules Cluzel, on the contrary, struggled and was dismissed from the podium by Randy Krummenacher and Nico Terol.
Supersport Aragon Race 2016
Kenan Sofuoglu got off to a very good start but Patrick Jacobsen got a better one! The American tries to make the inside to the Turk in the second corner but loses the front and sees his Honda tumbling into the gravel trap. In the background, Ivanov, Wagner and Kunikawa come out from the first corner.
Sofuoglu therefore leads in front of his neighbors on the grid, Randy Krummenacher and Jules Cluzel. Alex Baldolini, Christian Gamarino, Alessandro Zaccone (Superstock), Nico Terol, Lorenzo Zanetti, Axel Bassani (also STK) and Zulfahmi Khairuddin complete the Top 10.
Krummenacher overtakes the world number one at the start of the second lap but the Turkish champion quickly regains the lead. Our "Julo" remains in the aspiration of the two Kawasaki and leads in its wake another F3: the n ° 25 of Baldolini.
The second official MV Agusta broke down in the 4th lap: Zanetti had to retire, just like our French champion Cédric Tangre, who was also the victim of a technical problem with his GSX-R600. There is only one Frenchman left on the track, and he is third….
Our "Coq Supersportif" just goes on the attack at the end of the 5th lap, overtaking the Ninja n ° 21 at the end of the straight line. In front, Sofuoglu has already taken his ease and has a second and a half ahead of the fighter group, almost three seconds over the second group made up of six pilots. !
At the end of the 6th lap, Krummenacher manages to apply the brakes to Cluzel at the end of the straight line. Jules has to move away slightly and allows Alex Baldolini to infiltrate … Unfortunately for the Italian rider, his Tre Pistoni gives up the ghost on the climb to the pit straight !
Undoubtedly disturbed by the plume of smoke from F3 n ° 25, our dear n ° 16 lost contact with Krummenacher. The Superstock Bassani rider takes the opportunity to accommodate his ZX-6R n ° 47 in the aspiration of the MV Agusta n ° 16 … Nico Terol on his all yellow MV and Zaccone on the second Kawasaki San Carlo are also on the lookout.
Jules almost lost the front in turn 5 and let his three pursuers pass. While spinning in front of the pits, the Frenchman raises his hand in the direction of his unfortunately powerless team. Our compatriot however manages to climb back to fifth position in the following lap and seems to regain confidence..
During this time, Sofuoglu continues his race alone and without stopover pitfall. The quadruple world champion maintains his lead over his teammate Kawasaki Pucetti above a second and a half. The Swiss roll himself 2.5 seconds ahead of the duo Terol and Zaccone, chased by Cluzel.
At the end of the race, Alessandro Zaccone was left behind by Nico Terol. Jules climbs back onto the Superstock driver and overtakes him 2 laps from the end. Cluzel was then a second behind Terol who occupied the third step of the podium, far behind the Kawasaki Pucetti n ° 1 and 21.
Author of an impeccable race, Sofuoglu signed his first victory of the season with a masterful wheeling in front of the pits. Rookie Krummenacher climbs to his second podium of the season while Nico terol reaches his first.
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