Sport Jacobsen pips Mahias to Imola Supersport pole

17:05  13 may  2017
17:05  13 may  2017 Source:

Caricasulo leads the way in first Supersport practice

  Caricasulo leads the way in first Supersport practice GRT Yamaha’s Federico Caricasulo headed a tight field in the opening World Supersport practice session at Imola, with CIA Landlords Honda’s Jules Cluzel just under a tenth behind. Thailand race winner Caricasulo spent a good chunk of the opening hour-long session leading the way on his YZF-R6, though a late surge in the closing stages saw him shuffled back to fourth fastest. Not content with this, the Italian put in a final effort of 1m52.102s to go top of the pile by just 0.092s from Cluzel, who will be out to add to his 2017 podium tally started in Assen at a circuit he has finished second at for the past two seasons. Reigning world champion Kenan Sofuoglu stamped his authority last time out in the Netherlands, his first win of the season putting him 40 points adrift in ninth in the standings. A triple winner at Imola in WorldSSP, the Puccetti rider looks good to add to his haul after ending FP1 third fastest. Championship leader Lucas Mahias was fourth quickest on the sister GRT Yamaha, with Kallio Racing’s Sheridan Morais once again impressing in fifth spot on the previous version of the R6. MV Agusta’s PJ Jacobsen languished outside of the top 10 for much of the opening free practice session, but wound up his pace in the final minutes to leap up to sixth spot ahead of Christian Gamarino and Kyle Smith, who spent much of the opening half of FP1 in the pits. Alessandro Zaccone was ninth on the second MV, with Roberto Rolfo sneaking into the top 10 at the chequered flag on his Team Factory VAMAG MV F3 675. Gino Rea just missed out on the top 10 in 11th, whilst Stefan Hill’s replacement at Profile Racing, British Supersport Championship rider Jack Kennedy, was an impressive 12th. Niki Tuuli, Loris Cresson and Michael Canducci completed the top 15.

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MV Agusta’s PJ Jacobsen snatched a third pole position of the season in front of his team’s home crowd in a tight Superpole session from Imola.

The American never looked a threat for qualifying after ending Friday’s running almost a second down on Puccetti Kawasaki’s Kenan Sofuoglu. And when SP2 got underway, it was a steady start for Jacobsen.

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However, as the session drew to a close the MV rider upped his pace and snatched provisional pole with enough time left on the clock for one last effort. Jacobsen raised the benchmark further with a 1m51.611s on his final flying lap to cement top spot.

Sofuoglu fastest in fragmented second Supersport practice

  Sofuoglu fastest in fragmented second Supersport practice Assen race winner Kenan Sofuoglu made his intentions plain ahead of tomorrow’s Superpole session, by going almost half a second clear of the field in a red flag-affected FP2. Just like in the Superbike session before it, World Supersport FP2 was stopped just five minutes in when Hiromichi Kunikawa crashed at Turn 7 and left gravel strewn across the track. The delay didn’t last long, but the red flag would make a second appearance with 20 minutes left on the clock. Twitter: Red Flag due to @baldolini25 technical issue on track #WorldSSP FP2 (@WorldSBK) The second stoppage came about after the returning Alex Baldolini’s MV Agusta blew its engine on the run down the hill to Turn 18, leaving a trail of oil in its wake. A lengthy red flag period followed whilst the marshals returned the track to a safe condition. Once back underway, the timing screen lit up with a flurry of fast sectors as riders tried to either cement or bag a place inside the top 10 to avoid SP1. Already at the top of the pile, Puccetti Kawasaki’s Sofuoglu twisted the screw to go 0.456s clear with a 1m51.647s. FP1 fastest man Federico Caricasulo ended his afternoon six minutes early when he crashed at Turn 7, but held onto second spot on the combined times with his 1m52.105s from the opening session. Jules Cluzel was another faller, the Frenchman going down just after the second red flag was withdrawn, but he was able to rejoin the session and post the third quickest time.

WorldSSP: Determined Jacobsen grabs pole ahead of Sofuoglu. American rider secures pole at Aragon in front of returning World Champion Sofuoglu, with Morais in third. Heading row two and +0.257s off pole was Kyle Smith (GEMAR Team Lorini), who will have Lucas Mahias (GRT Yamaha

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Championship leader Lucas Mahias put the American’s time under threat, but missed out by 0.112s at the chequered flag. Completing the front row on the Bardahl Evans Bros Honda was Christian Gamarino, who leaped up to third at the death.

Superpole was teed up to be a duel between Federico Caricasulo and Sofuoglu, the pair split by the tiniest of margins at the end of FP3. In the end, their battle was for top spot on the second row, Yamaha rider Caricasulo pipping Sofuoglu by just over a tenth.

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Sheridan Morais put in a solid effort of 1m52.050 to put his Kallio racing R6 sixth on the grid, with Kyle Smith heading row three on his Lorini Honda from Jules Cluzel and Kyle Ryde. Hikari Okubo, Loris Cresson and leading European Supersport runner Alessandro Zaccone completed the top 12.

Imola Supersport race postpone after chaotic start

  Imola Supersport race postpone after chaotic start The fifth round of the 2017 World Supersport Championship from Imola has been postponed until after the second World Superbike race of the weekend, following a delayed start and two red flag periods. The original start was delayed after Federico Caricasulo’s Yamaha R6 ground to a halt on the warm-up lap. Once racing finally got underway, a crash for Roberto Rolfo at the final corner at the end of lap one left gravel and fluid littered across the circuit. Twitter: RED FLAG due to Track conditions at Turns 21-22 following a CRASH ️ for #RobertoRolfo #WorldSSP Race (@WorldSBK) After another delay, the second start made it to lap three before the red flags were flown yet again for a crash involving Rolfo. The Italian, along with Kazuki Watanabe and wildcard Marco Malone were tangled at Turn 7, their bikes left stricken at the edge of the circuit. Twitter: Calm down guys… hopefully we will get a Full Race later today! #WorldSSP (@WorldSBK) Thankfully all riders were unhurt, but with the second Superbike outing fast approaching and worldwide television schedules to keep on time, Race Direction had no option but to postpone the race to after WorldSBK race two. WorldSSP round five will now get underway at 14:20 local time, with the Supersport300 and European Superstock1000 races taking place at 15:15 and 16:00 respectively.

Jacobsen takes Aragon pole as West has fiery end. Mahias on top in red flagged FP3. World Supersport suffers FP2 washout at Aragon.

In World Supersport , I stayed more consistent and didn’t go above what I thought I was capable of. I was trying to score points every weekend. American World Supersport racer PJ Jacobsen and crew chief Andrew Pitt.

Profile Racing stand-in Jack Kennedy came close to progressing through to SP2, having sat top of the pile for much of the session. However, last-gasp efforts from Ryde and Cresson shuffled the Irishman back to 13th.

Niki Tuuli will be disappointed to miss SP2 for the fourth time this season in 14th, though the Finnish rider did come close. Rob Hartog, too, was not far off of a place in SP2 in 15th, the Dutchman pipping Roberto Rolfo and ESS rival Hannes Soomers.

Luke Stapleford will be left puzzled at the half a second gap to temporary team-mate Kennedy in 18th. Countryman Gino Rea will start from 19th on his Go Eleven Kawasaki, whilst Ant West was resigned to 20th after suffering a late technical drama.

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Sofuoglu holds off Mahias for 40th victory in tense Supersport race .
Kenan Sofuoglu became the first repeat winner of World Supersport 2017, after the Turkish rider held off a race-long challenge from championship leader Lucas Mahias at Imola. The fifth round of the WorldSSP season was delayed three times this morning for track conditions prior to the initial start and two incidents during both restarts. This forced the race to be postponed to after the World Superbike outing. Twitter: ️ CRASH for @kyleryde, rider OK (but dissapointed) (@WorldSBK) Run over 11 laps, thankfully there were no such red flag dramas, though an early crash for Kyle Ryde at the final corner and an engine issue for Alex Baldolini did threaten yet more stoppages. At the start, Yamaha’s Mahias took the holeshot from pole man PJ Jacobsen, whilst Sofuoglu replicated his Turn 2 lunge from earlier to jump up from fifth to third, moving ahead of Jacobsen not long after for second. Setting a blistering pace, the Puccetti Kawasaki rider clinically scythed past Mahias into the final corner on the third tour but was unable to break away. Mahias kept the gap between himself and Sofuoglu under 0.5s for the duration of the race, the Frenchman putting Sofuoglu under renewed pressure in the closing stages. But the Turkish rider’s resolve remained unbroken, and he took the chequered flag to achieve a milestone 40th victory in the Supersport class. With Mahias second, Sofuoglu jumps up to fourth in the standings and narrows his deficit to 35 points.


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