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Home heroes and Championship battles: WorldSSP paddock ready to take on Magny-Cours

Tuesday, 31 August 2021 06:51 GMT

The Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours plays host to round seven of a thrilling World Supersport Championship

The FIM Supersport World Championship paddock heads to the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours for the seventh round of the 2021 campaign with the title battle raging on and plenty of other fights throughout the Championship standings as the second half of the season kicks off with the Motul French Round, with Dominique Aegerter (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) and Steven Odendaal (Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team) leading the Championship.

TITLE BATTLE RAGING ON

Aegerter heads into his first WorldSSP race at Magny-Cours as the Championship leader with a 47-point advantage over Odendaal in the standings, with this potentially an opportunity for Odendaal to close that gap as he has raced at the French venue in WorldSSP; claiming a best result of fourth in 2020. With a busy period of eight races across four rounds in five weeks when the French Round kicks off, Aegerter will be looking to extend his Championship lead while Odendaal will want to cut it.

THE FIGHT FOR THIRD…

Only 36 points separate riders from third to sixth in the Championship with Philipp Oettl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing), Luca Bernardi (CM Racing), Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha) and Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha ParkinGo Team) all in the battle for the bronze medal. Oettl had a disappointing 2020 French Round with 11th and 14th in tricky wet conditions and will be looking to bounce back from the Navarra Round, the only second round in 2021 Oettl did not claim a single podium.

19-year-old Bernardi is just six points behind Oettl with 156 points to his name and has shown remarkable form in his rookie campaign with five podiums from 12 races. Although he hasn’t raced at Magny-Cours on a WorldSSP machine, claimed a top five finish in 2018 in WorldSSP300. Cluzel is 26 points back from Bernardi after a challenging 2021 campaign and, with two WorldSSP victories at his home round, this presents the perfect opportunity for Cluzel to return to the rostrum; he hasn’t claimed a podium since he took third place in Race 2 at Misano. Teenage sensation Manual Gonzalez (Yamaha ParkinGo Team) has been in scintillating form in his sophomore campaign, consistently fighting for the top positions. A crash at Navarra in Race 1 forced him to miss Race 2 with a right shoulder dislocation, ending his record-equalling run of 25 races in the points and will need to undergo a medical check at Magny-Cours.

CARICASULO’S RESURGENCE MOVES HIM INTO THE TOP SEVEN

Since Federico Caricasulo (Biblion Iberica Yamaha Motoxracing) left GMT94 Yamaha, the Italian rider has claimed 45 points in four races across the Czech and Navarra Rounds which is more than double the points he scored with GMT94 Yamaha. It has proven to be a shrewd move for Caricasulo as he looks to stand on the podium once again. His performance across the last two rounds has allowed him to move into seventh in the standings, ahead of 2019 Champion Randy Krummenacher (EAB Racing Team). Krummenacher has not claimed a win or podium in WorldSSP at Magny-Cours and will be hoping he can make his experience count as he looks to add to his solitary 2021 podium.

SOME HOUSEKEEPING…

Cluzel will be joined by two teammates at GMT94 Yamaha with Valentin Debise, who replaced Caricasulo at the Autodrom Most, returning as a wildcard entry for the GMT94 outfit as a reward for winning at the French venue in the national Supersport championship in France. Making a shock return to the Championship is the youngest ever WorldSSP race winner, Andy Verdoïa, joining GMT94 at his home round. His sole WorldSSP victory, and top ten finish, came at last year’s Catalunya Round when a mid-race rain shower brought out the Red Flags after some riders opted to pit to change bikes while Verdoïa stayed out.

Kallio Racing will be hoping that Hannes Soomer will be able to ride again after he sustained a left distal fibula fracture at the Dutch Round, forcing the Estonian rider out of the Czech and Navarra Rounds. Soomer will need to undergo medical checks before he is cleared to ride. Three more riders will need to be declared fit to race following crashes and injuries with Eduardo Montero Huerta (DK Motorsport), Shogo Kawasaki (G.A.P. MOTOZOO Racing by Puccetti) and Stephane Frossard (Moto Team Jura Vitesse) all needing to be declared fit for the French Round.

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