The Opening round of the FIM World Supersport (WSS) was won by Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) on Sunday having started the Race from Pole position and leading the pack in the entire 18 Laps
Jules Cluzel was followed by fellow MV Agusta rider Lorenzo Zanetti in 2nd with WSS returnee Gino Rea (CIA Landlords Insurance Honda) joining him on the first podium of his return to World Supersport this Year
The leading duo were involved in a fight in the early laps before gradually breaking away from the 3rd place fight involving Rea, supersport rookie Kyle Smith (Pata Honda WSS Team) and Ratthapark Wilairot (CORE Motorsport Thailand) who completed the top 5 in that order.
For Cluzel it was the second year in succession that he has tasted the winner’s champagne in Australia after winning the shortened opening race 12 months ago.
Former champion Kenan Sofuoglu’s challenge for the win ended at the start of lap 6, the Turk running off track at speed at turn one aboard his Kawasaki Puccetti Racing machine. He was able to rejoin finishing 6th at the flag after setting the fastest lap of the race on lap 7.
Dominic Schmitter (Team Go Eleven Kawasaki) finished grabbed a top ten finish 9th on his WSS debut ahead of local wildcard Aiden Wagner who raced his Oz Wildcard Racing Yamaha to a very credible 13th.
Glenn Scott (AARK Racing) followed his compatriot home in 14th place.
Lucas Mahias (Intermoto Kawasaki Ponyexpre) was disappointed to retire to the pits 4 laps from the end after making a claim for the podium in the first half of the race.