Come rain or come shine, Jules Cluzel will be looking to brighten up his Sunday at Imola!
The FIM Supersport World Championship promises to host a thrilling spectacle in front of a partisan Italian crowd at Imola on Sunday, whatever the weather. With Randy Krummenacher (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) and his Italian teammate Federico Caricasulo locking out the front two places, all eyes will be on Jules Cluzel (GMT94 YAMAHA) to see if he can capitalise on his front row start.
The Frenchman, who endured a small crash at the end of the Tissot Superpole session, will be ready to rumble as he goes in search of stepping back on the podium – something he has failed to do since he won at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand. Cluzel was the winner of the WorldSSP race in 2018 at Imola, but with rain on the horizon, it could be a lottery.
Whatever the weather, the three-time runner-up in WorldSSP stated his intent of challenging at the front: “My opponents were able to achieve a lap faster than me, but I feel good on the bike. I fell, but fortunately I was not injured, which is the most important. Tomorrow, the race is scheduled to be in the rain, so we will try to prepare well during the warm-up. It's going to complicate things, no one can predict who will win."
The 30-year-old's disappointing European form will look to be ended at the Pirelli Italian Round, with Cluzel already some 21 points behind championship leader, Randy Krummenacher. Should Cluzel take a victory, it would be his second at Imola and his 19th victory – but it is not as easy as that!
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