|Posted on June 11, 2012 at 8:10 AM|
PTR HONDA'S Jules Cluzel enjoyed a race long battle at the front of the sixth round of the World Supersport Championship at Misano in Italy, finishing runner-up and moving up to second in the overall standings.
Ronan Quarmby was a solid ninth when he crashed out on the seventh lap. He remounted but was forced to retire due to damage to his PTR Honda. Martin Jessopp on the Riders PTR Honda continued to improve despite his broken collarbone, starting in 27th and finishing a determined 19th.
The season enters its second half at the seventh round at Aragon in Spain on Sunday July 1st. Before then, Jules will be taking part alongside his Bogdanka PTR Honda stable mate Sam Lowes at the Open Race at the British GP at Silverstone next weekend, June 16th - 17th.
Jules: "I tried to catch Kenan but he was too fast in places while I was faster on others. Near the end I tried but it was too many risks and I made two mistakes that allowed him to get a small lead. Anyway, I am really happy, this is my third time on the podium in a row and I am now second in the Championship which is good for the PTR team, me and the rest of the season. I am really happy. Next time I want to be first and I will do my best."
Ronan: "I got an OK start but then Sheriden made a move on the inside and pushed me wide and I ran off the track. I was losing drive with the rear spinning and I tried to make a move on the brakes and lost the front. I remounted but the bike was too badly damaged to finish the race. It is disappointing but I'll take the positives from my best every qualifying and look forward to Aragon."
Martin: "Jules bullied me into getting a pain relieving injection before the race - I am not fond of needles but he has had a few before and said I should do it. For the first six laps I felt good and managed to get through some traffic and up to where I normally would be but then the pain came back. I managed to maintain my lap times but it was a lonely race. I am mega chuffed just to finish because on Friday morning I didn't know whether I could even ride. Now I'll concentrate on healing before the next round and improve for the second half of the season."
Simon Buckmaster, PTR Honda Team Manager: "It is another great result for Jules. He fought Kenan all the way and only lost a little bit at the end. It is a superb job by him and the team and it is great he is up to second in championship. Ronan didn't get the best of starts but was coming through the field and was a little frustrated. He clipped a rider and went down. He will come back stronger after an impressive performance in qualifying. It was a good job by Martin just to finish this race given his injury and he now has three weeks before Aragon to heal further."
1. Kenan Sofuoglu TUR Kawasaki DeltaFin ZX-6R 22 laps
2. Jules Cluzel FRA PTR Honda CBR600RR +1.228s
3. Alex Baldolini ITA Power Team Suriano Triumph 675 +20.597s
4. Roberto Tamburini ITA Lorini Honda CBR600RR +21.800s
5. Broc Parkes AUS Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR +26.357s
6. Sheridan Morais RSA Kawasaki DeltaFin ZX-6R +26.935s
7. Jed Metcher AUS Team RivaMoto Yamaha YZF-R6 +33.183s
8. Fabien Foret FRA Intermoto Step Kawasaki ZX-6R +34.587s
9. Vittorio Iannuzzo ITA Power Team Suriano Triumph 675 +36.853s
10. Andrea Antonelli ITA Bike Service Yamaha YZF-R6 +38.213s
18. Sam Lowes GBR Bogdanka PTR Honda CBR600RR +1m 05.650s
19. Martin Jessopp GBR Riders PTR Honda CBR600RR +1m 10.291s
Championship Positions (after six of 13 rounds)
1: Sofuoglu 106
2: Jules Cluzel PTR Honda 84
3: Sam Lowes Bogdanka PTR Honda 76
4: Foret 63
5: Baldolini 54
6: Parkes 53
7: Tamburini 38
8: Morais 37
9: Ronan Quarmby PTR Honda 34
10: Iannuzzo 32
36: Martin Jessopp Riders PTR Honda 1