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Jules Cluzel comes out on top after four-way fight

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Jules Cluzel comes out on top after four-way fight
Frenchman Jules Cluzel has won the WorldSSP Race at Chang International Circuit, holding off Puccetti rider Kenan Sofuoglu and Honda‰Ûªs PJ Jacobsen .

The MV Agusta rider scores his 11th career victory and his first since being sidelined through injury in the latter half of 2015, with the battle a four-way fight between the MV Agusta rider, Jacobsen, Sofuoglu and Krummenacher.

It was PJ Jacobsen from Honda World Supersport Team who took the early lead, leaving the chasing pack lead by Jules Cluzel to hunt his advantage down with the American over a second clear in the initial stages. With twelve laps to go, Cluzel began to eat into the lead and found himself behind the Honda rider and looking for a way through.

With ten laps to go, the top four riders of Jacobsen, Cluzel, Sofuoglu and Krummenacher found themselves in a four way fight. With a lap and a half to go, Cluzel made his way through on Jacobsen for the lead and reigning Champion Sofuoglu attempted to follow the Frenchman through, leading to contact with Honda rider Jacobsen and three bikes going side by side into Turn 6.
Jules Cluzel comes out on top after four-way fight
Kenan Sofluoglu, (1) and PJ Jacobsen,
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda‰Ûªs Kyle Smith had a great ride to fifth and was trying to hunt the leading four down, with Alex Baldolini just behind him after an impressive showing in Buriram. Malaysian rider and WorldSSP rookie Zulfahmi Khairuddin, who just missed out on graduating to Superpole 2 on Saturday, came home seventh after a great ride from 13th on the grid, ahead of winner Cluzel‰Ûªs teammate Lorenzo Zanetti. Brit Gino Rea and Czech rider Ondrej Jezek completed the top ten, ahead of wildcard Thai rider Decha Kraisart who had a great ride to 11th for Yamaha Thailand Racing Team.

Last year‰Ûªs 5th place rider and wildcard Ratthapong Wilairot, whose brother claimed victory last year also as a wildcard, showed great pace but unfortunately crashed early in the race and was unable to finish the full count of laps.

The Motul Thai Round proves the first points of the year for great rivals Jules Cluzel and Kenan Sofuoglu after a difficult weekend in Australia. Puccetti rider Randy Krummenacher retains his Championship lead after two rounds, with the next race back in Europe at MotorLand Aragon.

Main Photo: The WSS Podium form Thialand

World Supersport Championship - Round 2.
1 Jules Cluzel - FRA 25 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta 28'09,359
2 Kenan Sofuoglu - TUR 20 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +0.812
3 Patrick Jacobsen - USA 16 Honda WorldSSP Honda +0.956
4 Randy Krummenacher - SWI 13 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +1.237
5 Kyle Smith - GBR 11 CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Honda +3.644
6 Alex Baldolini - ITA 10 Race Department ATK#25 MV Agusta +8.846
7 Zulfahmi Khairuddin - MAL 9 Orelac Racing VerdNadura Kawasaki +11.457
8 Lorenzo Zanetti - ITA 8 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +11.692
9 Gino Rea - GBR 7 GRT Racing Team MV Agusta +11.720
10 Ondrej Jezek - CZE 6 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +20.695
11 Decha Kraisart - THA 5 Yamaha Thailand Yamaha +22.087
12 Kevin Wahr - GER 4 Gemar Ballons ‰ÛÒ Team Lorini Honda +25.583
13 Glenn Scott - AUS 3 Gemar Ballons ‰ÛÒ Team Lorini Honda +26.243
14 Luke Stapleford - GBR 2 CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Honda +27.193
15 Aiden Wagner - AUS 1 GRT Racing Team MV Agusta +31.393
16 Christian Gamarino - ITA 0 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +34.357
17 Federico Caricasulo - ITA 0 Bardahl Evan Bros. Honda Racing Honda +38.101
18 Roberto Rolfo - ITA 0 Team Factory Vamag MV Agusta +40.696
19 Nacho Calero - SPA 0 Orelac Racing VerdNadura Kawasaki +54.665
20 Hikari Okubo - JPN 0 CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Honda +1'04.029
21 Stefan Hill - GBR 0 CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Honda +1'09.167
22 Lachlan Epis - AUS 0 Response RE Racing Kawasaki +1'16.349
NC Ratthapong Wilairot - THA 0 AP Honda Racing Honda DNF
NC Kyle Ryde - GBR 0 Ranieri Med ‰ÛÒ SC Racing Yamaha DNF
NC Nicolas Terol - SPA 0 Schmidt Racing MV Agusta DNF

World Supersport Championship Championship Standings Following 2.
1 Randy KRUMMENACHER - SWI 38 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
2 Patrick JACOBSEN - USA 27 Honda WorldSSP Honda
3 Jules CLUZEL - FRA 25 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta
4 Kenan SOFUOGLU - TUR 20 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
5 Federico CARICASULO - ITA 20 Bardahl Evan Bros. Honda Racing Honda
6 Alex BALDOLINI - ITA 20 Race Department ATK#25 MV Agusta
7 Anthony WEST - AUS 16 Tribeca Racing Yamaha
8 Gino REA - GBR 16 GRT Racing Team MV Agusta
9 Ondrej JEZEK - CZE 14 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki
10 Christian GAMARINO - ITA 13 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki
11 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN - MAL 12 Orelac Racing VerdNadura Kawasaki
12 Kyle SMITH - GBR 11 CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Honda
13 Lorenzo ZANETTI - ITA 8 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta
14 Roberto ROLFO - ITA 7 Team Factory Vamag MV Agusta
15 Aiden WAGNER - AUS 7 GRT Racing Team MV Agusta
16 Glenn SCOTT - AUS 7 Gemar Ballons ‰ÛÒ Team Lorini Honda
17 Decha KRAISART - THA 5 Yamaha Thailand Yamaha
18 Nicolas TEROL - SPA 5 Schmidt Racing MV Agusta
19 Kevin WAHR - GER 4 Gemar Ballons ‰ÛÒ Team Lorini Honda
20 Luke STAPLEFORD - GBR 2 CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Honda
21 Alex PHILLIS - AUS 2 Aark Racing Honda
22 Mitch LEVY - AUS 1 Landbridge Racing Yamaha

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