2015 Imola World Supersport Race Results: Close As Usual

World Supersport has given us close races all year, and this weekend in Imola would be no different.

Jules Cluzel started from pole position and led the race from Kenan Sofuoglu as the leading pair made room for them to keep their personal battle going. PJ Jacobsen led the best of the rest ahead of Marco Faccani, Lorenzo Zanetti and Film Wilairot.

As the leading pair built the gap over Jacobsen to three seconds after seven laps, Zanetti had hunted Jacobsen down and set about looking for a way past.

At the halfway mark, Kenan Sofuoglu passed Jules Cluzel for the lead in Variante Tamburello, but he overcooked the exit and Cluzel took the lead back easily. Sofuoglu was able to make a pass stick shortly after though, but Cluzel stuck with him, able to match him throughout the lap. Lorenzo Zanetti pushed past PJ Jacobsen but the gap to the leading two was over four seconds, giving him a third lace as the best option.

Kenan Sofoglu, with five laps to go, got his head down and tried to break Jules Cluzel, setting two lap records in a row and building a one second gap, but Cluzel closed the gap, setting the lap record himself on the penultimate lap.

On the last lap, Sofuoglu was flawless, but Cluzel looked like he had more pace, but trying to close the gap at Variante Alta, Cluzel messed up his entry and gave Sofuoglu enough of a gap to cleanly win the race.

Kenan Sofuoglu took his third victory in a row, in spite of the family issues that have proved a distraction throughout the weekend, with Jules Cluzel in second and Lorenzo Zanetti in third, his fourth Imola podium.

Sofuoglu extends his championship lead to sixty eight points with Cluzel closing in to three points of second place. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
1 54 K. SOFUOGLU Kawasaki ZX-6R   1'51.187 251,3
2 16 J. CLUZEL MV Agusta F3 675 0.883 1'51.101 253,1
3 87 L. ZANETTI MV Agusta F3 675 9.624 1'51.644 250,7
4 99 P. JACOBSEN Kawasaki ZX-6R 11.116 1'51.849 251,9
5 5 M. FACCANI Kawasaki ZX-6R 14.327 1'51.950 251,3
6 9 R. WILAIROT Honda CBR600RR 29.276 1'52.403 250,7
7 4 G. REA Honda CBR600RR 29.760 1'52.720 247,8
8 84 R. RUSSO Honda CBR600RR 30.745 1'52.328 248,9
9 36 M. CARDENAS Honda CBR600RR 36.262 1'53.017 248,4
10 44 R. ROLFO Honda CBR600RR 37.478 1'53.392 247,2
11 11 C. GAMARINO Kawasaki ZX-6R 45.384 1'53.469 251,9
12 61 F. MENGHI Yamaha YZF R6 51.933 1'53.775 251,9
13 6 D. SCHMITTER Kawasaki ZX-6R 52.148 1'53.801 249,5
14 41 A. WAGNER Kawasaki ZX-6R 57.711 1'53.913 247,2
15 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 1'09.602 1'53.043 253,1
16 74 K. CLARKE Honda CBR600RR 1'10.242 1'54.307 246,6
17 34 E. ITURRIOZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'23.720 1'55.729 240,4

 

Round Number: 
5
2015
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Nice to be able to root on a decent American in a world class series. Go PJ.