Jules Cluzel fought hard to pick up his first win of the 2016 season in Thailand this morning after a tremendous World Supersport race contested by four main protagonists right up to the chequered flag.
The Reparto Corse MV Agusta rider fought hard for his maiden victory and didn’t let up as he fought with American PJ Jacobsen leading the way for much of the race, but as we got into the final ten laps things started to get a little more than interesting.
Cluzel began to increase the pressure on the race leader and after tailing the Honda for around six laps, the Frenchmen pushed even harder and slid into first place with a couple of laps left.
Just behind the battling front two it was a similar scene between reigning champion Kenan Sofuoglu and Randy Krummenacher, the two Kawasaki Puccetti teammates were almost exchanging paint schemes on every corner with the Swiss rider holding firm. However, it wasn’t long before Sofuoglu powered his way back into third spot as Jacobsen ran wide and he almost hit Krummenacher a move from which the Turkish rider tried to capitalise. Initially the Honda rider fought off the attentions of the number 1 shod bike, but Sofuoglu got his nose ahead and looked to hunt down Cluzel who was allowed to get away in front of the battling trio.
As the last lap was upon them Jacobsen made a dart to the inside forcing Sofuoglu a little wide, but again the Kawasaki rider showed his usual battling spirit to almost immediately retake his second spot. It was a move which put paid to any plans that either rider may have had in catching the race leader and Cluzel gladly took the spoils.
Krummenacher couldn’t get the better of the pair in front of him but he would have been relatively happy with his fourth place finish, knowing it was enough to keep him at the top of the Championship standings.
Coming in a very creditable fifth place was Brit, Kyle Smith, who ran in somewhat a of a lonely end to the race as he was almost four seconds behind the battling quartet. The CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider had no concerns of being caught though as he led Alex Baldolini by five seconds.
Gino Rea on his GRT Racing Team MV Agusta finished in 9th place with teammate to Smith, Luke Stapleford finishing in 14th spot.
- Cluzel: MV Agusta Reparto Corse
- Sofuoglu: Kawasaki Puccetti Racing
- Jacobsen: Honda World Supersport Team
- Krummenacher: Kawasaki Pucetti Racing
- Smith: CIA Landlord Insurance Honda
- Baldolini: Race Department ATK MV Agusta
- Khairuddin: Oralac Racing Kawasaki
- Zanetti: MV Agusta Reparto Corse
- Rea: GR Racing MV Agusta
- Jezek: Team GoEleven Kawasaki