At Jerez Team Reparto Corse reacts to the loss of Cluzel with character
The Andalusian weekend began with a shock for the Reparto Corse team: Jules Cluzel’s crash on Friday in the second free practice session at
over 200 km/h, with a consequent fracture to his left tibia and
dislocated right shoulder. It was the end of the dream to bring the 38th
world championship title home to Schiranna, a result that well within
reach of the Frenchman who, during the 2015 season took three wins, four second places, five fastest laps and six pole positions. However, the disappointment did not crack the integrity of the Reparto Corse team, which finished the weekend putting Lorenzo Zanetti on the podium and achieving the best performance of the season with Camier. The performance of Spaniard Nico Terol was also consistent, taking a strong fifth place.
In the race Lorenzo Zanetti, after a poor start and after getting away from Faccani and Smith, settled stably into third place, making up ground on Jacobsen in the final laps, but not enough to make an attack on his second place behind race winner Sofuoglu.
Nico Terol, 125 class world champion in 2011 also put in a good performance in his WSS début.
A new bike, tyres and adversaries did not intimidate him, so much that
he even held onto fourth place for a few laps behind Zanetti, crossing
under the chequered flag in fifth.
In WSBK Leon Camier, after missing out on qualifying in Q2 by a hair because of a malfunction with the quick-shift, rode
two superb races. In Race 1 he finished in 9th place after riding in
eighth place during the race 2 ahead of world champion Sylvain Guintoli,
confirming the efficient upgrades made on his F4RC, which here at Jerez
raced with a new swingarm and a modified exhaust system.
Lorenzo Zanetti #87 had this to say after his fifth podium of the season:” I
made a mistake at the start which is my weak point. Maybe I need to
start taking some courses because my pace was up with the leaders today
and if I hadn’t lost time at the start I would have been able to battle
for the win!
The next round is scheduled for 4 October, the last European round in France at Magny Cours before the grand finale in Qatar. For the occasion more than a hundred MV Agusta employees will join the dealerships and Cluzel fans in the grand stands to support Team Reparto Corse in their quest to win the manufacturer title which currently has MV Agusta lying second at 189 points, just behind Kawasaki with 197.
In the second free practice session the duel between Cluzel and Sofuoglu
came to an end. The Frenchman fell victim to a violent crash at over
200 km/h during his 15th lap, fracturing his left tibia and dislocating
his right shoulder. This is a bitter end to a textbook season where
Jules took three wins, four second places, five fastest laps and an impressive six pole positions. For team Reparto Corse all that's left now is to defend their leadership in the manufacturer's championship. To give Lorenzo Zanetti a hand in this undertaking the team called on Nico Terol, 2011 world champion in the 125 class. Whilst
awaiting news on Jules Cluzel's recovery time, the 26 year old Spaniard
will be on the track tomorrow for qualifying astride the Frenchman's
number 88 F3 RC.