Second place for Cluzel and Zanetti third, moving into fourth place in the overall standings.
Difficult weekend in WSBK for a consistently fast Camier.
The first Italian round of the 2015 WSBK season ended with an excellent result for the MV Agusta Reparto Corse team who took pole position in WSS as well as the fastest lap and placing both bikes on the podium behind long-time rival: Kenan Sofuoglu.
On an Imola track which has returned to its glory days of the past and crowded with 65,000 spectators, Jules Cluzel battled as usual with the Turkish Kawasaki rider, starting the race out front and holding onto the lead for eight laps. Team mate Lorenzo Zanetti also got off the line well, moving up a position and putting American Kawasaki rider Patrick Jacobsen in his sights, overtaking him later during the fifth lap.
In the meantime the leading duo pulled the pin, maintaining a race pace that their adversaries were unable to keep with Kenan unable to widen the gap ahead of Jules by no more than seven tenths of a second. Cluzel came back dropping below three tenths and, with 1’51.101 putting in what would remain the fastest lap of the race.
In the last lap the Frenchman was once again breathing down the pipes of the team Pucetti Kawasaki, but it wasn’t enough to try for the final assault and the win. Behind Cluzel team mate Lorenzo Zanetti joined him who, with this podium finish, confirms his excellent feeling on the Dino e Enzo Ferrari circuit where he won last year.
The overall standings now have Cluzel lying third with 65 points at just 3 behind Jacobsen, while Sofuoglu moves up to 105. With this third place finish Lorenzo Zanetti moves back into fourth place with 57 points.
It was a troublesome weekend for Leon Camier who proved to be very fast in WSBK but unfortunately also a bit unlucky. Luck was not on his side once again today when he was unable to participate in Q2 which he had earned for the second time in a row. Five minutes from the end o Q1 the Brit had taken full advantage of the soft tyre taking a lap which was a masterpiece: 1:48:029. This time would have earned him a theoretical absolute seventh place but unfortunately a coolant leak from his radiator cap kept him from making it to the grid for Q2.
So today in Race 1 he started from the twelfth spot on the grid, coming back to ninth place when just 9 laps from the end the red flag came out due to David Salom’s crash. In the restart for Race 1 the Brit put a time of 1’48.421 on the sheets, the absolute fifth time for Race 1.
Unfortunately, however, the English rider’s race ended a lap later when he had his first crash of the season at the Tosa. In Race 2 Leon was once again in ninth place until the fifth lap when he was forced to return to the pits because of a broken exhaust manifold.