Cluzel dominates and Zanetti on the podium.
The Frenchman closes half the gap from the top spot in the standings.
On the Misano Adriatico circuit Jules Cluzel rode to his second consecutive win of the season in front of 62,500 fans, moving to 20 points behind current leader, Sofuoglu, who crashed in the last lap whilst duelling with the F3 RC ridden by an uncompromising Lorenzo Zanetti, once again on the podium.
Jules’ domination had been foreshadowed already in the qualifiers, where he took pole position, stopping the clock at 1’37.482, almost half a second faster than Sofuoglu (1’37.955) who was behind him with Jacobsen third and Zanetti starting the second row with the fourth best time.
In the race Jules moved into the lead straight away followed by Zanetti, coming out of incidental contact with Jacobsen and Sofuoglu unharmed. In the fifth lap Jacobsen’s CBR 600 slipped between the two MV Agusta F3s, decorated with the celebratory “Missoni, l’arte il colore” graphic for the occasion.
However, the Frenchman stayed out of reach of the Core Motorsport Thailand team’s American rider who finished second at a 1.525 second gap. Behind him the duel for the podium was fought between Zanetti and Sofuoglu. The Turkish rider passed the rider from Lumezzane during the eleventh lap, but the MV F3 was back in front of him two laps later. In the penultimate lap the Turkish rider made another move, but Zanetti stayed on the Kawasaki’s pipes until went down on turn 1 in the last lap, eventually being righted and finishing the race in eleventh place.
The extraordinary performance by team Reparto Corse at Misano takes the MV Agusta to 153 points in the manufacturer standings, just 6 behind the leader, Kawasaki (159).
Applause is also deserved by the third MV Agusta F3, managed by satellite team ATK#25 and ridden with heart by Baldolini who placed the bike from Varese in the top-five.
On this unforgettable day, experienced in person by more than 100 employees who came from Varese to cheer on their company, the MV Agusta CEO and Managing Director, Giovanni Castiglioni, on the podium with his riders, had this to say:”….We repeated the result from last year with Jules at Misano, but this win is even nicer because the second MV ridden by a great Lorenzo was also on the podium. This reopens the championship for the rider and manufacturer title and we did it with this beautiful Missoni designer F3. For this reason I want to dedicate this success to my father Claudio and his friend Vittorio Missoni, two unforgettable people united by a great friendship and a passion for their work and for motorcycling.”
The final results, thirteenth in Race 1 and sixteenth in Race 2, do not do justice to the performance of Leon Camier, who complained the entire weekend of problems with traction and front grip on his F4 RC, which was also decorated in a Missoni livery. In fact, the British rider rode an improving Race 1, lapping on tyres that had no more life at the same pace as the three race leaders as his penultimate lap demonstrates, ridden at 1’36.149, one tenth of a second faster than his qualifying time.
The championship for factory derivative bikes will now take a small break as WSBK heads to California on 19 July in the Laguna Seca basin, whereas we’ll have to wait until 2 August on the Sepang circuit to see Cluzel and Zanetti back on the track.