2020 Phillip Island World Supersport Race Result: Pit Stop Penalties

World Supersport has slick tyres available to them for the first time, and for safety, there is a mid-race pit stop for a tyre change. No more than ten laps can be raced on one rear tyre, and at least forty five seconds must be spent in the pits.

The red light was held a little longer than seemed safe which caused Randy Krummenacher to start and stop, giving him a jump start, but it didn't matter as his start was ruined and he tried to make up the lost time in the first turn, crashing his MV Augusta as he tried to pass everyone on the outside. Andrea Locatelli took the lead from pole position, ahead of Lucas Mahias, Jules Cluzel and Raffaele de Rosa. On lap two, de Rosa left up to second place in turn four, passing Cluzel and Mahias and setting the fastest lap in the process. Cluzel followed de Rosa, regaining third place. Corentin Perolari and Philipp Oettl held on to the back of the leading six, but Locatelli started to break free of the five riders behind him.

As Andrea Locatelli dragged out a gap of a second from second place, Lucas Mahias slipped into third place in turn one of lap four. Three laps later, before anyone had changed their tyres, Philipp Oettl overcooked turn two and crashed out of the group of five riders contesting second place. 

At the start of lap eight, Raffaele de Rosa and Jules Cluzel dropped in for new tyres. Cluzel got a new front tyre as well and left ahead of de Rosa, incurring a tiny penalty for his error, to be added to the end of the race. Two laps later, the leading trio pitted in and after eleven laps, they were all back on the track in a coherent order.

Andrea Locatelli led Raffaele de Rosa and Jules Cluzel by three and a half seconds with Lucas Mahias and Corentin Perolari almost three seconds further back. Jules Cluzel had a penalty of only eight hundredths of a second, so he would not be affected by it unless he had a rider very close to him on the track over the line. The other five riders with penalties had penalties between a second and thirteen seconds, but they were all outside the top five. 

As the race progressed, Locatelli kept stringing out his lead, ending the race six seconds in the lead. Raffaele de Rosa held off the constant pressure from Jules Cluzel  and the pair finished in second and third places, rounding out the podium. Behind them, Lucas Mahias and Corentin Perolari traded places throughout the last lap, with Perolari coming off best, taking fourth place ahead of Mahias. 

Andrea Locatelli won his first race in the series convincingly ahead of veteran riders Rafaelle De Rosa and Jules Cluzel. Reigning champion Randy Krummenacher left with no points. 


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R6  
2 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 5.817
3 * 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 0.963
4 94 C. PEROLARI Yamaha YZF R6 11.372
5 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-6R 0.051
6 * 38 H. SOOMER Yamaha YZF R6 4.097
7 * 4 S. ODENDAAL Yamaha YZF R6 3.177
8 81 M. GONZALEZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 2.129
9 * 22 F. FULIGNI MV Agusta F3 675 0.997
10 * 32 I. VIÑALES Yamaha YZF R6 1.558
11 61 C. ÖNCÜ Kawasaki ZX-6R 25.217
12 99 D. WEBB Yamaha YZF R6 31.700
13 52 P. HOBELSBERGER Honda CBR600RR 6.505
14 56 P. SEBESTYEN Yamaha YZF R6 3.318
15 25 A. VERDOÏA Yamaha YZF R6 46.929
16 * 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Yamaha YZF R6 15.754
17 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 11.579
18 9 G. HENDRA PRATAMA Yamaha YZF R6 1'32.084
RET 71 C. BERGMAN Yamaha YZF R6 9 Laps
RET 5 P. OETTL Kawasaki ZX-6R 10 Laps
RET 78 H. OKUBO Honda CBR600RR 13 Laps
RET 1 R. KRUMMENACHER MV Agusta F3 675  
  * Penalised    
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Are the mandatory, timed pit stops to change tires going to be part of every race this season? 

Apparently there were some unintended consequences of changing from last year's ''treaded tires" to slicks this year. Testing over the off season suffered from lack of good conditions.

So it was considered that not enough testing had been done with the new tires, on the current bikes, in conditions like Pirelli expected at P.I.

So fearing having a tire issue in the 16 lap race they decided to make a mandatory pit stop. Confident the tires would last ten laps, they let the 600 race go ahead.

Plenty of riders put in 20 laps or more on one tire, during practice & none popped. they are likely to be fine.

Enough testing had been done at Qatar already, and the tires performed adequately there. So the "next" round would have been OK. The extra data from the Phillip island race, then Qatar, would have completed their data set.

Regarding Oli Bayliss in the world supersport race Krusty. I hear they had a "technical issue" with the bike that conformed to the WSS rules. That bike never made it to the start. They seemed to give up well before the race, so I'm guessing it was a major problem. The aussie 600 supersport bike is not eligable to run in the world supersport class. Don't know why.

Tom Toparis, while we are on it. Tom is contesting the European supersport championship this year. If Toparis had raced in the WSS race at P.I. or anyother track outside of Europe, then he becomes ineligable for the European chip. National races are OK.

Apparently, just something I heard in the paddock.

Blown engine and only had one. Oli and Troy were interviewed, neither seemed to be too freaked out. Think they considered it was a minorly successful weekend.