2021 San Juan Villicum World Supersport Race One Result: Maybe, Maybe, Maybe

World Supersport has four races left, with 100 points up for grabs. Dominique Aegerter leads Steven Odendaal by fifty four points with Manuel Gonzales a further fifty one points behind. The World Champion will be either Aegerter or Odendaal, and if Aegerter beats Odendaal by over twenty one points this race, he will take the title, although the chances of this happening are very low. Nineteen laps of San Juan Villicum will determine the winner.

Jules Cluzel led toward the first turn but Can Oncu charged to the lead into the turn. Cluzel waited for Oncu to go wide and give him a gap and Cluzel forced the issue to take the lead back outside turn two. Steven Odendaal and Manuel Gonzalez held off fifth-placed Dominique Aegerter to start lap two.

Manuel Gonzalez took third place on the exit of turn nine as Steven Odendaal exited wide. Can Oncu took the fastest lap from Jules Cluzel as the pair crossed the line, setting a race record of 1'42.269 as the pair left the fight for third behind. On lap three, Cluzel took the lap record with a 1'42.161, two tenths quicker than Oncu as the pair had a gap of over a second from Gonzalez. Into turn one, Aegerter smoked a boot on the tarmac as he passed Odendaal into the left-handed turn one. Odendaal then went wide at turn nine again and dropped to seventh place. 

Jules Cluzel increased the pace again, setting a 1'42.147 on lap five, putting a second of clean air between himself and Can Oncu. Over a second behind Oncu, Manuel Gonzalez sat over two seconds clear of Dominique Aegerter who was himself over a second in front of Peter Sebestyen, Steven Odendaal and Raffaele De Rosa with Valentin Debise closing up behind. 

At half race distance, just over eight laps in, Jules Cluzel led Can Oncu by over a second with Manuel Gonzalez a second further back, but closing in. Over three seconds behind Gonzalez, Dominique Aegerter was over a second free of his title rival Steven Odendaal, but Aegerter's pace was improving while Odendaal's was not. As Can Oncu started losing speed, as is customary with Oncu after half the race, Manuel Gonzalez was under a quarter of a second off Oncu on lap ten, lapping three tenths of a second quicker. 

Lap eleven, and Gonzalez was on Oncu's tail still, looking for ways to pass, but Oncu made himself very hard to pass. Gonzalez looked at turns eight and nine and then set himself up down the run to turn ten, but he couldn't get close. However, four seconds behind, Steven Odendaal closed up on Dominique Aegerter. At the start of lap thirteen, Gonzalez took second place into turn one, but Oncu played the brakes into turn eight to get back in front of Gonzalez, but Gonzalez flipped to the inside line of turn nine and took second place back, over four seconds behind Jules Cluzel.

Down the back straight, before turn eight, Steven Odendaal passed Dominique Aegerter as Aegerter looked back to see who was behind the pair. Aegerter stayed with Odendaal, his title rival unable to escape after his pass. Behind Dominique Aegerter, Valentin Debise and Raffaele De Rosa duelled over sixth place, and De Rosa crashed out. As Aegerter stayed with Odendaal, Odendaal got a track limits warning as Aegerter looked for ways to take fourth place back. 

With two laps left, Jules Cluzel held a four second lead over Manuel Gonzalez. Over a second behind Gonzalez, Can Oncu held on to a podium place, almost five seconds clear of the fight for fourth between Steven Odendaal and Dominique Aegerter. Dominique Aegerter started the last lap under a tenth of a second behind Steven Odendaal, passing him into turn one, only to overbrake and let Odendaal back in front inside.

Jules Cluzel won by almost five seconds over Manuel Gonzalez and Can Oncu. Steven Odendaal and Dominique Aegerter crossed the line with less than two tenths between them, but Odendaal was able to fight off all of Aegerter's attempts to take fourth place from him. Valentin Debise finished in sixth place, a second and a half further back. 

Jules Cluzel won his twenty second race after dominating qualifying, with a huge lead from pole position and a lonely race with a lap record to claim the gentleperson's triple. He remains fifth place in the title, closing to within twenty one points of fourth-placed Philipp Oettl. Manuel Gonzalez in second place consolidated his third place in the championship.

The championship goes undecided until, at the earliest, tomorrow. Dominique Aegerter just has to finish very close to Steven Odendaal to take the title as there are fifty two points between the pair, with Aegerter crowned champion if he finishes ahead of Odendaal tomorrow. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6  
2 81 M. GONZALEZ Yamaha YZF R6 4.774
3 61 C. ONCU Kawasaki ZX-6R 7.000
4 4 S. ODENDAAL Yamaha YZF R6 11.169
5 77 D. AEGERTER Yamaha YZF R6 11.324
6 53 V. DEBISE Yamaha YZF R6 12.908
7 56 P. SEBESTYEN Yamaha YZF R6 19.246
8 66 N. TUULI MV Agusta F3 675 21.853
9 28 G. VAN STRAALEN Yamaha YZF R6 24.486
10 95 V. TAKALA Yamaha YZF R6 25.735
11 5 P. OETTL Kawasaki ZX-6R 31.969
12 38 H. SOOMER Yamaha YZF R6 32.009
13 40 U. ORRADRE Yamaha YZF R6 39.645
14 25 M. BRENNER Yamaha YZF R6 44.179
15 32 S. MORAIS Yamaha YZF R6 44.701
16 74 A. GONZALEZ Yamaha YZF R6 47.493
17 24 L. TACCINI Yamaha YZF R6 59.584
18 64 J. BUIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'27.235
Round Number: 
12
2021
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