2016 Magny-Cours World Supersport Race Results: French Toast

World Supersport at Magny-Cours is Kenan Sofuoglu's first match point for the championship and he just needs to finish within three points of Randy Krummenacher to take his fifth title. Alex Baldolini wouldn't start due to an injury from this morning and Roberto Rolfo would start from pitlane due to an engine allocation infraction.

Kenan Sofuoglu got a perfect start from pole position, getting clear of any potential early passes from Gino Rea and Ayrton Badovini in second and third places with rivals Jules Cluzel and PJ Jacobsen behind them. Cluzel pushed through to second but PJ Jacobsen crashed out, ending his remote title hopes.

Sofuoglu maintained the lead, but Cluzel, Ayrton Badovini and Gino Rea were on the title leader's rear tyre throughout the early laps. On the fifth lap, the top four were joined by Niki Tuuli and Axel Bassani to make a six-bike convoy at the front and the jostling started. Cluzel tried to pass Sofuoglu unsuccessfully at the front and Tuuli set the fastest lap. A lap later, Tuuli set another fastest lap and two more laps saw him passing Badovini and Rea, taking advantage of Rea's pass on Badovini creating a gap and taking third place behind Cluzel.

Further round the lap, Rea carried a bit too much lean angle around a long corner, flipping his bike after losing the front.

The front three riders cleared a gap from the Bassani v Badovini fight, with Tuuli sliding the rear forcefully trying to pass Cluzel into the tight turn five hairpin a couple of times, making contact the second time around.

On the twelfth lap, Kenan Sofuoglu carried a bit too much speed into the first right hander and washed out his front tyre, crashing his Kawasaki and delaying taking his fifth title win. Later that lap, Jules Cluzel had a moment, slowing briefly to recover and watching Niki Tuuli take the lead of the race.

With Sofuoglu out, Tuuli and Cluzel raced for the win but were joined by Axel Bassani and Ayrton Badovini, glued together as they fought for the last podium place. On lap seventeen of nineteen, Badovini took third place and held on to it hard, but Bassani's fourth place was assured as Randy Krummenacher was two seconds further back in fifth.

As they approached the camping area, the Adelaide hairpin at turn five, the French crowd got very loud as Cluzel put a hard braking manoeuvre on Tuuli and forced his way into the lead. He took a fast defensive line throughout the remainder of the lap, with Tuuli trying to get past, but he rode magnificently through the last corners and chicane to take his second win of the season.

The French crowd were able to toast their countryman as the Marseillaise rang out across the track.

Jules Cluzel won ahead of Niki Tuuli and Ayrton Badovini with Axel Bassani, top ESS rider, just missing out on the podium. Randy Krummenacher took a safe fifth to keep his scant title hopes alive, cutting Kenan Sofuoglu's lead to forty-two points with two races left.


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 16 J. CLUZEL MV Agusta F3 675  
2 66 N. TUULI Yamaha YZF R6 0.248
3 86 A. BADOVINI Honda CBR600RR 0.525
4 47 A. BASSANI Kawasaki ZX-6R 2.232
5 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Kawasaki ZX-6R 4.643
6 64 F. CARICASULO Honda CBR600RR 16.261
7 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 21.470
8 55 I. MYKHALCHYK Kawasaki ZX-6R 28.259
9 87 L. ZANETTI MV Agusta F3 675 30.763
10 63 Z. KHAIRUDDIN Kawasaki ZX-6R 32.302
11 77 K. RYDE Kawasaki ZX-6R 35.340
12 38 H. SOOMER Yamaha YZF R6 37.524
13 69 O. JEZEK Kawasaki ZX-6R 38.923
14 80 X. PINSACH Honda CBR600RR 39.177
15 81 L. STAPLEFORD Triumph Daytona 675 43.171
16 44 R. ROLFO MV Agusta F3 675 44.020
17 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 44.899
18 23 C. TANGRE Suzuki GSX-R600 45.069
19 26 G. ANTIGA Kawasaki ZX-6R 54.271
20 83 L. EPIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 57.437
21 42 S. FROSSARD Yamaha YZF R6 57.583
22 58 C. STOLL Triumph Daytona 675 1'01.697
23 183 P. POLESSO Yamaha YZF R6 1'02.399
24 35 S. HILL Honda CBR600RR 1'06.788
25 12 C. GOBBI Yamaha YZF R6 1'11.386
26 6 D. STIRPE Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'14.651
27 78 H. OKUBO Honda CBR600RR 1'20.906
28 50 B. ORTT Honda CBR600RR 1'20.968
29 20 D. LOUREIRO Honda CBR600RR 1'21.373
30 123 F. PERON Yamaha YZF R6 1'29.867
RET 11 C. GAMARINO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1 Lap
RET 71 C. BERGMAN Honda CBR600RR 2 Laps
RET 1 K. SOFUOGLU Kawasaki ZX-6R 8 Laps
RET 61 A. ZACCONE Kawasaki ZX-6R 9
RET 4 G. REA MV Agusta F3 675 11 Laps
RET 65 M. CANDUCCI MV Agusta F3 675 18 Laps


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