In the fifth round of the World Supersport Championship, MV Agusta and Jules Cluzel again succeeded in taking the fabulous F3 675 all the way onto the podium. The MV Agusta Reparto Corse – Yakhnich Motorsport Team’s French rider started only eighth on the grid, but lap by lap he steadily made his way back up through the field to join the race leaders. After a thrilling head-to-head with Michael Van der Mark that went right down to the wire, Cluzel crossed the line in second place.
This second place now puts Cluzel third in the overall standings with 62 points, behind Van der Mark and Marino.
Cluzel’s teammate, Vladimir Leonov, instead, made an error on corner number eight of the first lap. Nevertheless, despite running off the track he managed to rejoin the race and fought his way back to finish fifteenth.
Jules Cluzel: “Another great result! The race was a thriller and the bike performed brilliantly. We came extremely close to winning, but this time I decided not to take too many risks, especially on the last lap but one. Massive thanks, of course, to the team, as we’re making good progress from one race to the next.”
In the Superbike class, after the tricky downpour-disturbed practice sessions, the MV Agusta Reparto Corse – Yakhnich Motorsport team had, just a few minutes before the end of Q2, almost clinched a time good enough to dispute the first Superpole; just as he was putting in his final fast lap, though, Claudio Corti was obstructed by Iddon, costing him a full 0.7 seconds and, therefore, the two positions needed to get into Q1. Consequently, he was assigned sixteenth place on the grid, but actually started last due to a delay in the formation of the line-up.
Race 1 proved to be extremely tough, but Corti managed to keep the pace high to finish fifteenth and, more importantly, in the points. In Race 2 things went better and he crossed the finish line in twelfth place.
Claudio Corti: “I really want to thank all the guys on the team who worked their hearts out over the weekend, and I want to apologise for not being at the top of my game. This was another race in which there was a general improvement thanks to modifications brought to Donington by the tech team. At Sepang our goal will again be to stay ahead of the EVOs.”