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Smith Takes Victory as Assen Gets Wet

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Kyle Smith has won the WorldSSP race at the TT Circuit Assen, with the podium completed by GRT rider Gino Rea and Puccetti reigning Champion Kenan Sofuoglu in incredibly difficult conditions.

With the clouds battling the sun for supremacy and the harsh wind of Saturday replaced by a cooler breeze, Sunday seemed to promise better weather would hopefully hold out for the WorldSSP grid as they lined up for another battle.

It was Sofuoglu who got the best start, with PJ Jacobsen slotting into second off the second row, leaving poleman Randy Krummenacher in fourth chasing the Triumph of Luke Stapleford. Jules Cluzel began his fight back and was inside the top ten before a sudden deluge hit the track and the red flag came out.
Gino Rea, GRT Racing Team,finished second after an eventful race.
With conditions suddenly treacherous, Jacobsen lost the front before slowing for the red flag and was given the task of pushing his damaged Honda back to the pits to see if it would make the restart. With a quick restart procedure and riders lining up on the grid for the restart in the order in which they saw the red flag, Jacobsen did manage to begin from Pole on the repaired Honda.

With a run off for Cluzel and Jacobsen encountering some smaller issues, it was Puccetti pairing of Krummenacher and Sofuoglu carefully heading the race as GRT rider Gino Rea fought to keep up with the pair on his MV Agusta, with Jacobsen, led by Smith, trying to get back in the podium fight.

Krummenacher suffered a run off at the final chicane that saw him out of podium contention, before Jacobsen lost the Honda in the treacherous conditions and was out of the race again.

The last lap battle to decide the podium positions saw Brits Rea and Smith fight off reigning Champion Sofuoglu, with Kyle Smith crossing the line 0.8 seconds clear of Gino Rea to take the victory.

Sofuoglu, locking out the podium in third, gains another small margin of points on teammate Krummenacher, who came home fourth. Assen lap record holder Cluzel will be wanting to forget about the weekend after crossing the line in 18th, not adding to his Championship tally.

Main Photo: Kyle Smith
Kenan Sofuoglu finished third, PJ Jacobson (2) was an early leader until he crashed out under the red flag and then again in the restart.
World Supersport Results - Assen - Round 4
1 Kyle Smith - Landlord Insurance Honda Honda 12'17.543
2 Gino Rea - GRT Racing Team +0.831
3 Kenan Sofuoglu - Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +2.424
4 Randy Krummenacher - Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +8.255
5 Alex Baldolini - Race Department ATK#25 MV Agusta +26.801
6 Ilya Mikhalchik - DS Junior Team Kawasaki +36.940
7 Ayrton Badovini - Gemar Ballons ‰ÛÒ Team Lorini Honda +42.670
8 Axel Bassani - San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki +42.971
9 Ondrej Jezek - Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +44.025
10 Christian Gamarino - Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +44.321
11 Federico Caricasulo - Bardahl Evan Bros. Honda Racing Honda +44.537
12 Luke Stapleford - Profile Racing Triumph +44.887
13 Nicolas Terol - Schmidt Racing MV Agusta +45.911
14 Kyle Ryde - Ranieri Med ‰ÛÒ SC Racing Yamaha +46.237
15 CÌ©dric Tangre - Yohann Moto Sport Suzuki +48.798
16 Kevin Wahr - Gemar Ballons ‰ÛÒ Team Lorini Honda +49.784
17 Bryan Schouten - MVR-Racing Yamaha +50.202
18 Jules Cluzel - MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +51.046
19 Alessandro Zaccone - San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki +53.707
20 Zulfahmi Khairuddin - Orelac Racing VerdNadura Kawasaki +1'01.468
21 Janos Chrobak - Schmidt Racing MV Agusta +1'04.089
22 Roberto Rolfo - Team Factory Vamag MV Agusta +1'07.198
23 Davide Stirpe - Floramo Monaco Racing Team SM Honda +1'16.187
24 Hikari Okubo - CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Honda +1'16.278
25 Christoffer Bergman - CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Honda +1'18.937
26 Nacho Calero - Orelac Racing VerdNadura Kawasaki +1'25.070
27 Loris Cresson - MTM / HM Kawasaki Kawasaki +1'27.952
28 Christopher Gobbi - VFT Racing Yamaha +1'34.234
29 Lorenzo Zanetti - MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +1'46.736
30 Stefan Hill - CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Honda +1 Lap
NC Patrick Jacobsen - Honda WorldSSP Honda DNF
NC Jaimie van Sikkelerus - Start Racing Yamaha DNF

World Supersport Championship Standings After Round 4
1 Randy KRUMMENACHER 71 Points
2 Kenan SOFUOGLU 61 Points
3 Kyle SMITH 41 Points
4 Jules CLUZEL 38 M Points
5 Gino REA 36 Points
6 Federico CARICASULO 34 Points
7 Alex BALDOLINI 31 Points
8 Patrick JACOBSEN 27 Points
9 Christian GAMARINO 25 Points
10 Nicolas TEROL 24 Points
11 Ondrej JEZEK 23 Points
12 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN 20 Points
13 Axel BASSANI 18 Points
14 Anthony WEST 16 Points
15 Ilya MIKHALCHIK 13 Points
16 Alessandro ZACCONE 11 Points
17 Kevin WAHR 11 Points
18 Ayrton BADOVINI 9 Points
19 Lorenzo ZANETTI 8 Points
20 Roberto ROLFO 7 Points
21 Aiden WAGNER 7 Points
22 Glenn SCOTT 7 Points
23 Luke STAPLEFORD 6 Points
24 Kyle RYDE 6 Points
25 Decha KRAISART 5 Points
26 Alex PHILLIS 2 Points
27 CÌ©dric TANGRE 1 Points
28 Mitch LEVY 1 Point
29 Nacho CALERO 1 Point

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