World Supersport Thailand Results 2015

March 23, 2015
Byron Wilson
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CORE Motorsport Thailand’s Ratthapark Wilairot gave the home crowd something to cheer about in Thailand, taking his first World Supersport win of the year at Chang International Circuit. Kawasaki Pucetti Racing’s Kenan Sofuoglu finished in second-place followed by American rider PJ Jacobsen of Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres in third.

Sofuoglu was first to lead the way during the opening laps, followed by Pata Honda’s Kevin Smith in second, MV Agusta Reparto Corse’s Jules Cluzel in third and Jacobsen in fourth. Cluzel and Jacobsen pushed ahead of Smith during the subsequent laps and on the fourth rotation Cluzel assumed the lead as Sofuoglu slipped back. Jacobsen trailed in second for a lap before dropping to third behind Wilairot. Smith, meanwhile, lost a bit of ground and mid-race pushed too hard through a corner, losing the front and crashing out of competition.

Cluzel led the way ahead of Wilarot, Jacobsen and Sofuoglu into the second half of the event but then a mechanical issue forced the MV Agusta rider to pull out of the race. Wilairot took over the front after Cluzel’s departure, holding the front through the final four laps for the win.

Jacobsen managed to pace in second after Cluzel dropped out, until the final corner of the final lap when Sofuoglu made a pass on the American for the runner-up position.

“We had a lack of side grip towards the end because I used my tire up in the middle of the race trying to catch Cluzel and Wilairot,” explained Jacobsen. “I think the last three laps the heat was also not playing so well with me. I was thinking too much and Sofuoglu got by me in the last corner. That is a mistake I need to go back and fix for the next time. That said, if we could get a podium every weekend it would be great and we have regrouped after Phillip Island by putting it on the box here.”

Jacobsen’s teammate, Lucas Mahias, finished in fourth followed by A.P. Honda Racing Thailand’s Ratthapong Wilairot in fifth. Team Lorini’s Roberto Rolfo claimed sixth-place ahead of San Carlo Pucetti Racing’s Marco Faccani in seventh an CIA Landlords Insurance Honda’s Martin Cardenas in eighth.

Ratthapark Wilairot holds the overall World Supersport points lead, six ahead of Sofuoglu in second. Cluzel sits third followed by Jacobsen in fourth and Cardenas’ teammate, Gino Rea, in fifth.

World Supersport Thailand Results 2015
1. Ratthapark Wilairot (Honda)
2. Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki)
3. PJ Jacobsen (Kawasaki)
4. Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki)
5. Ratthapong Wilairot (Honda)
6. Roberto Rolfo (Honda)
7. Marco Faccani (Kawasaki)
8. Martin Cardenas (Honda)
9. Alex Baldolini (MV Agusta)
10. Gino Rea (Honda)
11. Decha Kraisart (Yamaha)
12. Kevin Wahr (Honda)
13. Christian Gamarino (Kawasaki)
14. Glenn Scott (Honda)
15. Dominic Schmitter (Kawasaki)
16. Thitipong Warokorn (Honda)

World Supersport Championship Points 2015
1. Ratthapark Wilairot, 36
2. Kenan Sofuoglu, 30
3. Jules Cluzel, 25
4. PJ Jacobsen, 22
5. Gino Rea, 22
6. Lorenzo Zanetti, 20
7. Roberto Rolfo, 18
8. Alex Baldolini, 16
9. Lucas Mahias, 13
10. Kevin Smith, 13