Ratthapark Wilairot Delights Home Crowd With Maiden World Supersport Win


Ratthapark Wilairot (CORE Motorsport Thailand) has won the second round of the World Supersport championship in an enthralling 17 lap race that had the packed grandstands on their feet with each lap completed.

Wilairot lead home ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) and PJ Jacobsen (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpre) who were second and 3rd in a photo finish at the end of the maiden Thai World Supersport race.

From the start it was Kenan Sofuoglu that took the holeshot, the Turkish rider keen to make up for his mistake in the opening round of the series, but by lap 5 a group of five that included championship leader Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta Reparto Corse), Kyle Smith (Pata Honda World Supersport Team), PJ Jacobsen (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) and local hero Ratthapark Wilairot (CORE Motorsport Thailand) were locked together, much to the delight of the local fans.

Lorenzo Zanetti (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) crashed out of the top 8 at turn 5 on the 8th lap, the Italian was unable to continue. Kyle Smith slid out of contention a lap later, the British rider who was on the podium in Australia clearly annoyed with himself.

Jules Cluzel who had been leading for most of the race retired with 3 and a half laps to go leaving Wilairot to claim an emotional first race victory in his home country.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs an incredible feeling. I knew we could have been on the podium today and when I saw all the fans here I realised I had to make it in the top-3, I could hear them cheering on every single lap,‰Û
Ratthapark Wilariot on his way to winning both his Maiden and his home World Super Sport race - Credit: GeeBee Images
World Supersport race results
1. Ratthapark Wilairot 27m57.523s THA HONDA CORE Motorsport Thailand
2. Kenan Sofuoglu +1.828s TUR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Puccetti Racing
3. Patrick Jacobson +1.860s USA KAWASAKI Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres
4. Lucas Mahias +8.664s FRA KAWASAKI Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres
5. Ratthapong Wilairot +12.110s THA HONDA AP Honda Racing
6. Roberto Rolfo +13.599s ITA HONDA Team Lorini
7. Marco Faccani +14.025s ITA KAWASAKI Kawasaki Puccetti Racing
8. Martin Cardenas +14.857s COL HONDA CIA Landlords Insurance Honda
9. Alex Baldolini +21.690s ITA MV Race Department ATK#25
10. Gino Rea +30.328s GBR HONDA CIA Landlords Insurance Honda

Championship Standings
1. Ratthapark Wilairot 36 pts
2. Kenan Sofuoglu 30 pts
3. Jules Cluzel 25 pts
4. Patrick Jacobson 22 pts
5. Gino Rea 22 pts
6. Lorenzo Zanetti 20 pts
7. Roberto Rolfo 18 pts
8. Alex Baldolini 16 pts
9. Lucas Mahias 13 pts
10. Kyle Smith 13 pts

Top Image: The calm before the storm, Rattapark Wilairot looking poised before the start of his home race

Credit: GeeBee Images

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