On the hottest day of the Thai race weekend, Jules Cluzel onboard the MV Agusta F3 675 climbed the top step of the podium, winning the second round of World SSP Championship.
Pole Position on Saturday and Race win on Sunday: Cluzel won everything possible to win in the Thai Round. After a good start, the fast French rider found himself in bagarre with Jacobsen, Sofuoglu and then Krummenacher, aggressive and determined opponents, all fighiting till the last corner for the podium. Cluzel, constantly in second position behind Jacobsen, was able to pass the American rider in the closing stages, battling right to the end to secure his first victory for 2016.
Good performance for Lorenzo Zanetti as well. 16th on starting grid due to some setup troubles, the Italian pushed hard onboard his MV Agusta F3 675 along the 4.554km Chang International Circuit, establishing a very fast pace from mid-race. The rider from Lumezzane ended his comeback in 8th place, catching eight points in World SSP Championship Standing.
Jules Cluzel # 16 – I’m very happy because it was a long, hard race but we fought till the last meter and in the end we won. When I saw the two Kawasaki riders behind me were pushing at their limit, I knew I had to focus only on Jacobsen and so I did. Many thanks to all my team, after last year’s bad luck here in Thailand, I really wanted this victory. We are now third in the championship and hopefully we can replicate this incredibile weekend even in the next race at Aragon.
Lorenzo Zanetti # 87 – It has surely been a difficult weekend, I’ve never started from 16th on grid. Unfortunately we could not find the right direction since Friday and this affected my grid position terribly. As the light went off I tried to push as much as possible and taking 8th was important points home, avoiding to take other risks. I’m pretty happy because now we know the right direction to take and I hope I will start fighting for the podium again at the next race in Aragon.
Leon Camier started the weekend at the Chang International Circuit setting the fast lap in FP1 onboard the F4 RC. Whilst he was unable to make the conversion in Qualify, he was able to take 11th place in both races to keep him in the top 10 of the World SBK Championship.
MV Agusta Reparto Corse and Leon Camier will be back on track on April 1-3 for the very first European World SBK Round, in Aragon (Spain).
Leon Camier #2 – I am really happy with the bike, I think the chassis was working really good and my riding was really good as well. Unfortunately we suffered some little problems during the qualifying and my position on grid wasn’t the best. Anyway, we did a great job here in Thailand and I am really happy because I feel like we are going in the right direction. Next race in Aragon will be the chance to improve our score