WorldSSP: The Fight for Second Takes the Spotlight Ahead of Qatar
The World Supersport field head to Qatar for the final round of the season and though Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) is the newly crowned World Champion, the floodlights will shine just behind him on the riders caught in a three-way fight for second place overall.
Randy Krummenacher (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) and PJ Jacobsen (Honda World Supersport Team) will go wheel to wheel at Losail in their bid to finish runner-up. The stakes are high with only three points separating Krummenacher and Cluzel, with the Swiss leading. Behind them, Jacobsen sits just four points from the Frenchman. It will be Krummenacher’s first time in Qatar on a Supersport bike, so he’ll be counting on his Moto2 experience to lend him a hand against his rivals.
Cluzel finished on the podium at Losail in 2014, and after the incredible pace he’s shown with his MV Agusta in the last rounds, Cluzel will be a tough challenge for second place. Jacobsen finished in the top five last year and will be looking to finally climb to the top step of the podium in a week’s time.
Kyle Smith (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda) is another rider who will be tough to beat after he won the race in Qatar last year. His podium at Jerez last time out where he came third, will be the confidence he needs to be fighting for the top positions once again. He’ll be looking to repeat his Middle Eastern feat and cement his status in the top five overall.
Lorenzo Zanetti will be manning Gino Rea’s MV Agusta once again as the Brit continues to recover after his hand-breaking crash at Jerez. Zanetti’s memories of his third place in Losail last year will fuel his fire this time around, as he aims for another podium, not only for himself but also for Rea. Alex Baldolini (Race Department ATK#25) will be back on track after injuries prevented him from competing in Jerez. The Italian finished in the top ten last year and will be looking to continue that good form.
Ayrton Badovini (GEMAR Balloons – Team Lorini) will be another rider looking for a podium tussle as he lies just outside the top five overall in seventh, just five points shy of Gino Rea in sixth. He’ll be aiming to collect as many points as he can to overtake the Brit in the standings.
WorldSSP won’t have the FIM Europe Supersport Cup to share a grid with this weekend as they finished their season in Jerez at the last Round. So be prepared to see a smaller grid line up on Sunday. The stars of World Supersport will take to the grid for lights out at 19:15 local time (GMT+3) on Sunday the 30th of October for the final clash of 2016.