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Feb 24, 2018

World Supersport: Race Results From Phillip Island

Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

FIM Supersport World Championship

Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit

Victoria, Australia

February 25, 2018

Restarted Race Results (all on Pirelli tires):

1. Lucas Mahias, France (Yam YZF-R6), 9 laps, Restarted Race Time 14:07.811, Best Lap Time 1:33.252

2. Randy Krummenacher, Switzerland (Yam YZF-R6), -1.274 seconds, 1:33.269

3. Sandro Cortese, Germany (Yam YZF-R6), -1.517, 1:33.072

4. Federico Caricasulo, Italy (Yam YZF-R6), -1.556, 1:33.525

5. Luke Stapleford, UK (Tri Daytona 675R), -4.270, 1:33.408

6. Raffaele De Rosa, Italy (MV Agusta F3 675), -6.696, 1:33.708

7. Jules Cluzel, France (Yam YZF-R6), -14.403, 1:34.185

8. Kyle Smith, UK (Hon CBR600RR), -14.476, 1:34.689

9. Ayrton Badovini, Italy (MV Agusta F3 675), -14.926, 1:34.568

10. Thomas Gradinger, Austria (Yam YZF-R6), -15.124, 1:34.379

11. Niki Tuuli, Finland (Hon CBR600RR), -16.545, 1:34.829

12. Loris Cresson, Belgium (Yam YZF-R6), -17.789, 1:34.709, ran off track

13. Kenan Sofuoglu, Turkey (Kaw ZX-6R), -19.210, 1:33.943

14. Hikari Okubo, Japan (Kaw ZX-6R), -19.359, 1:35.099

15. Tom Toparis, Australia (Kaw ZX-6R), -19.362, 1:35.072

16. Jaime Van Sikkelerus, Netherlands (Hon CBR600RR), -19.678, 1:34.950

17. Mike Di Meglio, France (Yam YZF-R6), -19.723, 1:35.031

18. Nacho Calero, Spain (Kaw ZX-6R), -32.888, 1:36.080

19. Lachlan Epis, Australia (Kaw ZX-6R), -4 laps, DNF, retired, 1:35.767

20. Michael Canducci, Italy (Kaw ZX-6R), -9 laps, DNS, crashed in first part of race

21. Hannes Soomer, Estonia (Hon CBR600RR), -9 laps, DNS, crashed in first part of race

22. Anthony West, Australia (Kaw ZX-6R), -9 laps, DNS, mechanical in first part of race

World Championship Point Standings (after 1 of 12 races):

1. Mahias, 25 points

2. Krummenacher, 20

3. Cortese, 16

4. Caricasulo, 13

5. Stapleford, 11

6. De Rosa, 10

7. Cluzel, 9

8. Smith, 8

9. Badovini, 7

10. Gradinger, 6

More, from a press release issued by Dorna WSBK Press Office:

WorldSSP back with a bang and a battle royal

Podium decided on the final lap as the reigning Champion makes a statement

Lucas Mahias (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team) took an emphatic first win of the season at Phillip Island as the reigning Champion took the holeshot and streaked away from the pack in an impressive show of pace. But the podium battle was a three-way scrap for honours, with 2016 Phillip Island winner Randy Krummenacher (BARDAHL Evans Bros. WorldSSP Team) crossing the line just clear of a drag to the line between Sandro Cortese (Kallio Racing) and Federico Caricasulo (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team) – with Cortese just ahead to begin his World Supersport career on the rostrum.

There was drama from the off for WorldSSP, with the first attempt at the race Red Flagged due to a crash after a handful of laps. Ant West (EAB Antwest Racing) wasn’t able to restart after a technical problem, but Hikari Okubo (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was despite an early crash for the Japanese rider. West was unable to make it back to the pits; something required in order to be allowed to restart.

With the grid reset into original positions, the race distance was shortened to nine laps – taking away the necessity for a pitstop that had been originally announced on Saturday for safety reasons – and the all-out sprint saw reigning Champion Mahias and key rival Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) dueling off the line; the Frenchman able to take the lead. Sofuoglu slotted into second with Caricasulo and Krummenacher just behind, before the Turk began to fade as the laps ticked on.

The battle for the podium wasn’t set as a duel, however, as Cortese sliced through the field after a tough start and was catching the two men ahead with some serious speed. By the last lap, Krummenacher had just enough clear air to take second – and 2012 Moto3™ Champion Cortese timed his attack to perfection out the final corner, tucked in behind Caricasulo to beat the Italian over the line by centimeters.

Luke Stapleford (Profile Racing) took fifth on his Triumph after a fantastic first race of the season, a comfortable margin ahead of the first MV Agusta of Italian Raffaele De Rosa (MV Agusta Reparto Corse by Vamag), with Jules Cluzel (NRT) in seventh. Cluzel, a two-time winner in the class at Phillip Island, had an early run off that dropped him well down the order and almost outside the points – but the Frenchman sliced back through the field to make up seven positions in fewer laps and head up a group of four riders close over the line.

Kyle Smith (GEMAR Team Lorini) was P8 and next in that group, his Honda making it four manufacturers in the top ten. That top ten was completed by Ayrton Badovini (MV Agusta Reparto Corse by Vamag) and Thomas Gradinger (NRT).

Niki Tuuli (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda) and Loris Cresson (Kallio Racing) were P11 and P12, ahead of five-time World Champion Sofuoglu by the flag. After his early pace fighting at the front, the Turkish rider dropped back in the latter stages, feeling the effects of a big crash on Saturday morning that hampered the start of his mission to take back the crown. His teammate Okubo was P14 and just behind him, with an even smaller gap of just hundredths back to the rider completing the top fifteen, Tom Toparis (Cube Racing) - the wildcard entrant beating off some experienced competition to impress.

Now it’s time for Thailand and Buriram: a whole new challenge, a completely different track and much higher temperatures. Can Mahias do it again? Or will Sofuoglu strike back...

P1 - Lucas Mahias (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team)

“It was an incredible race, a strange race because I was ready for the flag to flag and worked a lot in the morning for that situation. I had a good strategy in my head with my team and after the Red Flag that was gone, but maybe it was better for the spectacle. In the race, I pushed a lot in the beginning because during the weekend and the test I hadn’t ridden a lot with the old tyre. My strategy was push a lot to get the maximum gap then manage that and the tyre. It’s good for me and Yamaha, finishing last season with pole and the victory and now we’ve started the new season with exactly the same - pole and the victory. I can’t ask for more.”

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