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The 2016 FIM Supersport World Championship will be won by one of two official #kawasaki riders – either Kenan Sofuoglu or Randy Krummenacher - after a dramatic 19-lap FIM Supersport World Championship race at Magny Cours, which saw Kenan fall and Krummenacher score a top five finish.
Long time race leader Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was in the lead and heading for his fifth championship win until he fell on lap 12, losing the front at turn three. With Randy Krummenacher (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) in fifth place after moving up from 11th on the grid, the championship fight between the Puccetti #racing team-mates will go on until at least the next round. After Magny Cours, all their other rivals are too far behind to gather the required points before the end of the year.
In dry and sunny conditions Sofuoglu rode strongly from pole position, leading a field of 37 riders in the first laps. Without warning he lost the front, slid off at speed, and was unable to continue because of crash damage to his machine.
With Krummenacher too far behind in the early laps to get into podium contention around the 4.411km circuit, the Swiss rider kept up a high pace to finish fifth, gathering enough points to keep his championship hopes alive. He is now 42 points behind Kenan, with a total of 50 available for any rider who wins both of the remaining races, which will be held in Spain and Qatar.
Jules Cluzel won the race in France, from Niki Tuuli and Ayrton Badovini. Young ESS rider for #kawasaki, Axel Bassani (San Carlo team Italia Kawasaki) was fourth - the top ESS rider today - and the best Ninja ZX-6R rider in the Magny Cours race. The part-time rider was just 2.232 seconds from the outright win.
The next round of the championship will take place on Sunday 16th October, at Jerez in Spain.
Randy Krummenacher, stated: “I had some problems from the beginning as I did not have a lot of grip. We made the wrong tyre choice in the front but what was good is that from lap one, although I struggled, it stayed the same all race long. So I was able to develop my style to improve my lap time. At a certain point of the race I was faster than the front guys. I am definitely back. My shoulder is perfect and I am riding at my best. This gives me very good confidence for Jerez. I am sorry for Kenan and for the team. In the championship, it is not over until it is over. I will keep on fighting.”
Kenan Sofuoglu, stated: “I took it easy at the start of the race and I cannot say I was pushing, I was riding easy and in a safe way. After seven or eight laps I thought we had a rhythm, the tyres were hot enough, and I thought I would push a little bit. In the last two laps before the crash, step-by step, I was doing faster lap times. Honestly I cannot say why I crashed. This was really an unexpected fall. I wanted to win the race and the championship here but it did not happen. We have two more races and the chances will be bigger at the next one. In two weeks’ time we will be ready to try and win the title.”
Behind Bassani and Krummenacher today, Illia Mykhalchik (DS Junior Team Kawasaki) finished eighth and Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Orelac #racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) tenth. Kyle Ryde (Schmidt #racing Kawasaki) was 11th, Ondrej Jezek (Team GOELEVEN Kawasaki) 13th - and the last Ninja ZX-6R rider to score points. Nacho Calero (Orelac #racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) was 17th, Lachlan Epis (Response RE #racing Kawasaki) 20th. Christian Gamarino (Team GOELEVEN Kawasaki) and Alessandro Zaccone (San Carlo Team Italia #kawasaki ESS) failed to finish. In the ESS Championship, Bassani leads Mykhalchik by 14 points.
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