The sixth 2018 World Supersport Superpole ended with Jules Cluzel on top of the standings and for the French NRT Yamaha rider it’s the first pole of the season and the first one after 2017 Buriram Round. At the beginning who laid in first position was Sandro Cortese, who took the lead in the early stages with one lap in 1’30.823, but in the secodn half of Superpole 2 we saw the rise of Cluzel, who went to first and consolidated it by performing many fast laps. Finally the Frenchman ranked first with the laptime of 1’30.270.
Cortese was beaten not just by Cluzel, but also by Lucas Mahias, who was almost two tenths faster than “Sandrissimo” (1’30.465 and 1’30.632). Fourth place for other Yamaha rider Randy Krummenacher, who will open the second row ahead of Hikari Okubo (who had a small crash at Melbourne Hairpin in Superpole 2 after passing SP1) and Raffaele De Rosa. Third row for Federico Caricasulo, Luke Stapleford and Ayrton Badovini. To be noticed that “Lucra #81” has switched from Triumph to Yamaha and that now the only Daytona 675R in the field is ridden by Stefan Hill (Stapleford’s team-mate).
12th place for Andrew Irwin, who had never been as fast as on home soil during this season, while Rob Hartog (once again first ESS rider) ranked 17th. 20th place for comeback Corentin Perolari and Yamaha GMT94.
Photo Credit: Philippe Saccaro