The second round of the 2016 World Supersport Championship came down to the last lap between four riders Sunday at Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand.A four-way battle between Kawasaki Puccetti Racing’s Kenan Sofuoglu and the rookie Randy Kuremmenacher, Honda World Supersport’s PJ Jacobsen and MV Agusta Reparto Corse’ Jules Cluzel.
On the final lap Cluzel made his way by Jacobsen for the lead, and held it to the checkered flag. When Cluzel passed Jacobsen, the reigning World Supersport Champion Sofuoglu attempted the same, but he contacted Jacobsen. The Turkish rider would make the pass stick, and earn second, 0.812 of a second behind Cluzel. Jacobsen finished third 0.956 of a second back, followed by the man who won the opening WSS round in Phillip Island, Krummenacher.CIA Landlord Insurance Honda’s Kyle Smith earned fifth, followed by Race Department ATK#25’s Alex Baldolina and the Malaysian rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin on the Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja.Rounding out the top 10 were Cluzel’s teammate Lorenzo Zanetti, GRT Racing MV Agusta’s Gino Rea, and Team GoEleven Kawasaki’s Ondrej Jezek.World Supersport says as for last year’s fifth-place rider and wildcard Ratthapong Wilairot, whose brother claimed victory last year also as a wildcard, he showed great pace but unfortunately crashed early in the race and was unable to finish the full count of laps.Following two rounds, Krummenacher now has 38 points, and is 11 ahead of Jacobsen. CLuzel is in third, 13 points behind. The World Supersport series now breaks for two weeks ahead of Motorland Aragon in Spain.2016 Thailand World Supersport Results:
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