Varese, 22 June 2014 – MV Agusta triumphed once again in the seventh round of the World Supersport Championship: in fact, at Misano MV Agusta Reparto Corse team rider Jules Cluzel took his third pole and second win of the season.
The French rider dominated the race from the first lap, riding his F3 to victory. After an excellent start Cluzel pushed hard to maintain a consistent lead and then held onto it all the way to the chequered flag. With his first place finish today Cluzel reduced the gap in the standings to just 28 points behind championship leader Michael van der Mark.
Wild Card Massimo Roccoli also put in an excellent performance, staying in the points with a fourteenth place finish.
Jules Cluzel: “I am very pleased – more than pleased! We knew that the race would be very difficult, even from a physical point of view. I did exactly what I had wanted to do: I started from out front and tried to feel out my rivals’ pace straight away. I pushed hard from the first lap and was able to create a gap. Then I felt my tyres starting to lose grip. Van der Mark and I began to battle turn after turn with about a one second gap. The race was quite demanding both because of the heat and because of the focus needed to make it a flag to flag lead. But I didn’t make any mistakes. I want to thank the entire team for their excellent work this weekend.”
Massimo Roccoli: “It’s a shame about the result. I was given a great opportunity and this was truly a weekend of growth as was evident in the warm-up this morning. It’s too bad about the race result. We chose the wrong tyre – maybe we should have been more conservative. With that tyre was unable to press hard so I preferred not to take any unnecessary risks.”
Claudio Corti, on the other hand, rode an excellent first race to finish in thirteenth place, just behind the best EVO bikes, finishing the second race seventeenth.
Claudio Corti: “We are continuing to develop the bike as planned. Our feeling is getting better and better and I’m confident that at Portimao our work will already begin to take shape.”
Giovanni Castiglioni, President of MV Agusta: “This was very exciting, especially because at that moment I was reminded of the time when my father stepped onto the podium for the first time in 1992 with Eddie Lawson’s win on the Cagiva 500. We are improving considerably and I am confident that we can continue to do better and better.”