Qatar WorldSBK: Mahias crowned 2017 WorldSSP Champion

GRT Yamaha’s Lucas Mahias has taken the 2017 WorldSSP Champion at Qatar today despite an heroic ride from Kenan Sofuoglu who grabbed third place in the race riding with three fractures in his pelvis.

Mahias was in a race-long scrap with Jules Cluzel even though he had a 20-point advantage over Sofuoglu and took the win by 0.023s from the PTR Honda man after what initially looked like a dead heat on the television and timing screen.

Sofuoglu stopped to congratulate Mahias on the cooling down lap even though it is painful for the Turk to get on and off his Puccetti Kawasaki - but he now has plenty of time to recover from the Magny-Cours crash which should have ended his season.

Mahias’ team-mate Federico Caricasulo finished in fourth place after succumbing to Sofuoglu’s pace in the closing stages. Ant West rode through the pack to claim fifth.

Qatar WorldSSP - conditions dry

1 1 144 L. MAHIAS FRA GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team Yamaha YZF R6 15 2’01.918 276,9 2’00.738 271,4 25 190 1
2 2 16 J. CLUZEL FRA CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Honda CBR600RR 15 0.023 2’01.877 276,9 2’01.284 271,4 20 155 3
3 4 1 K. SOFUOGLU TUR Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki ZX-6R 15 3.788 2’01.832 274,8 2’01.522 274,1 16 161 2
4 7 64 F. CARICASULO ITA GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team Yamaha YZF R6 15 3.845 2’01.985 281,3 2’01.780 269,3 13 118 5
5 12 13 A. WEST AUS Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki ZX-6R 15 7.946 2’01.952 276,2 2’02.081 268,7 11 73 8
6 3 66 N. TUULI FIN Kallio Racing Yamaha YZF R6 15 8.112 2’02.377 277,6 2’01.392 266,7 10 82 7
7 6 32 S. MORAIS RSA Kallio Racing Yamaha YZF R6 15 8.336 2’02.380 274,1 2’01.708 273,4 9 141 4
8 8 81 L. STAPLEFORD GBR Profile Racing Triumph Daytona 675 15 10.435 2’02.258 275,5 2’01.950 265,4 8 55 10
9 13 4 G. REA GBR Team Kawasaki Go Eleven Kawasaki ZX-6R 15 10.551 2’02.435 273,4 2’02.355 273,4 7 31 17
10 9 111 K. SMITH GBR GEMAR Team Lorini Honda CBR600RR 15 13.349 2’02.187 279,1 2’01.954 266,7 6 57 9
11 15 87 L. ZANETTI ITA Team Factory Vamag MV Agusta F3 675 15 16.215 2’02.304 274,8 2’02.544 276,9 5 33 16
12 11 11 C. GAMARINO ITA BARDAHL EVAN BROS. Honda Racing Honda CBR600RR 15 25.611 2’03.150 273,4 2’02.006 266,0 4 50 11
13 16 25 A. BALDOLINI ITA Race Department ATK#25 Yamaha YZF R6 15 26.801 2’03.257 275,5 2’02.754 275,5 3 8 31
14 23 69 X. CARDELUS AND Race Department ATK#25 Yamaha YZF R6 15 30.242 2’03.663 273,4 2’03.225 268,0 2 5 36
15 20 35 S. HILL GBR Profile Racing Triumph Daytona 675 15 32.684 2’03.230 276,2 2’02.942 272,7 1 1 38
16 14 71 C. BERGMAN SWE CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Honda CBR600RR 15 37.256 2’03.142 264,7 2’02.397 268,0 16 24
17 26 10 N. CALERO ESP Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki ZX-6R 15 46.892 2’03.896 270,7 2’13.310 264,1 10 28
18 24 83 L. EPIS AUS Response RE Racing Kawasaki ZX-6R 15 1’06.687 2’05.085 264,7 2’03.576 260,9 10 29
19 19 63 Z. KHAIRUDDIN MAS Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki ZX-6R 15 1’24.025 2’03.155 274,8 2’02.923 270,7 6 35
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RET 17 26 K. WATANABE JPN Team Kawasaki Go Eleven Kawasaki ZX-6R 14 1 Lap 2’03.177 270,0 2’02.861 270,7 21 20
RET 21 78 H. OKUBO JPN CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Honda CBR600RR 11 4 Laps 2’03.479 272,0 2’02.986 266,7 42 15
RET 5 99 P. JACOBSEN USA MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta F3 675 7 8 Laps 2’02.399 273,4 2’01.526 267,3 108 6
RET 22 195 M. AL NAIMI QAT QMMF Racing Kawasaki ZX-6R 4 11 Laps 2’03.039 276,2 2’03.190 270,0
RET 25 48 G. SCARCELLA AUS GEMAR Team Lorini Honda CBR600RR 4 11 Laps 2’04.520 268,7 2’04.240 265,4
RET 18 112 S. AL SULAITI QAT QMMF Racing Kawasaki ZX-6R 3 12 Laps 2’03.861 273,4 2’02.880 262,8
RET 10 65 M. CANDUCCI ITA 3570 Puccetti Racing FMI Kawasaki ZX-6R 0 2’02.004 270,7 42 14

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