Cluzel takes supersport pole in Imola

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Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) was the last top rider to set a fast time and scored a pole position with his 1’51.132 as a result. It was the 18th pole position of his career.

Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) placed second in the Superpole 2 rankings, 0.189 seconds behind the Frenchman, after missing his final chance to score pole by going over the line once too often.

Third place was taken by Honda rider PJ Jacobsen, making it a tricolore front row for Sunday’s Italian race.

Fourth starting spot, in his first visit to Imola, was gained by championship leader Randy Krummenacher (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) with Lorenzo Zanetti (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) eventually fifth.

Ayrton Badovini (GEMAR Balloons – Team Lorini Honda) got to sixth place, ahead of another Honda rider and another local man, Federico Caricasulo (BARDAHL Evan Bros. Honda Racing).

Alex Baldolini (Race Department ATK#25 MV Agusta) got out of Superpole 1 to take eighth in Superpole 2.

Assen podium rider Gino Rea (GRT Racing Team MV Agusta) put himself ninth, ahead of Czech rider Ondrej Jezek (Team GOELEVEN Kawasaki). Another upwardly mobile Superpole 1 runner, Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) was 11th and the first ESS rider was Alessandro Zaccone (San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki) in 12th place on the grid.

The 17-lap WSS race will take place on Sunday morning at Imola, but may be held in the opposite of the dry and sunny conditions that graced the track today

Gordon Ritchie

By Gordon Ritchie