The Reparto Corsa rider snatch the lead from American JP Jacobsen aboard the Honda CBR600RR who lead the pack for most part of the he 17 Laps race and fought off the reigning WorldChampion Kenan Sofuoglu.
This victory was the French’s 11th career victory and his first since being sidelined through injury in the latter half of 2015. It was a worthy victory after a four man Royal Rumble that feature the MV Agusta rider,Honda’s Jacobsen and Pucetti Kawasaki duo of Sofuoglu and Krummenacher.
Honda World Supersport Team’s JP Jacobsen took the early lead from Cluzel after the French’s hole shot leaving the chasing pack lead by Jules Cluzel to hunt his advantage down with the American over a second clear in the initial stages. After five laps into the race, Cluzel began lapping in on the race leader and found himself behind the Honda rider and looking for a way through. With ten laps to go, the top four riders of Jacobsen, Cluzel Sofuoglu and Krummenacher found themselves in a four way fight. With a lap and a half to go, Cluzel pulled a clean pass on Jacobsen to take over the lead and an attempt by reigning Champion Sofuoglu attempted to follow through ended in him making contact with Jacobsen and three bikes going side by side into Turn 6.
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda’s Kyle Smith had a great ride to fifth and was trying to hunt the leading four down, with Alex Baldolini just behind him after an impressive showing in Buriram. Malaysian rider and WorldSSP rookie Zulfahmi Khairuddin, who just missed out on graduating to Superpole 2 on Saturday, came home seventh after a great ride from 13th on the grid, ahead of winner Cluzel’s teammate Lorenzo Zanetti. Brit Gino Rea and Czech rider Ondrej Jezek completed the top ten, ahead of wildcard Thai rider Decha Kraisart who had a great ride to 11th for Yamaha Thailand Racing Team.
Last year’s 5th place rider and wildcard Ratthapong Wilairot, whose brother claimed victory last year also as a wildcard, showed great pace but unfortunately crashed early in the race and was unable to finish the full count of laps.
After the Motul Thai Round, rookie Randy Krummenacher retains his lead of the Championship and carries it through to Europe at MotorLand Aragon for the next round in a fortnight