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Cluzel wasn't expecting debut race triump

'I am so happy. That was a really good race although it felt very long' - Jules Cluzel
PTR Honda's Jules Cluzel was thrilled to land his maiden World Supersport victory at Monza on Sunday.

Cluzel narrowly edged out Sam Lowes on the Bogdanka-liveried PTR machine to seal a breakthrough win in the wet at the Italian circuit.

“I am so happy. That was a really good race although it felt very long. First I did a good start and tried to get a feel for the bike, to see what I could do,” he said.

“When I saw [Broc] Parkes crash, I pulled behind Sam and I just tried to follow him thinking to finish the race. For me I wanted a podium, then I saw Sam go straight on.

“Leading is more difficult than following as you can make mistakes. I tried not to make mistakes and checked my pit board, he added.

“I saw Sam closing slowly and then in the last two laps he closed a lot. I thought he might try to pass me on the brakes on the last corner so I braked a little later than before and he came inside me.

“I thought he might struggle to hold his line and he did. I did not expect to win.”

Cluzel is now looking ahead to this weekend's round at Donington Park in England.

“I know Donington and hope that it is dry for next weekend. I want to say thank you to PTR for giving me a bike capable of winning - thank you so much."



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Cluzel, Italian WSS Race 2012
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[L-R]: Chaz Davies, Luca Scassa and Gino Rea, Donington Park WSS podium, 2011 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Sam Lowes, Parkalgar Honda, Donington Park WSS, 2011 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
James Ellison, Bogdanka PTR Honda, Donington Park WSS, 2011 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
David Salom, Kawasaki Motocard.com, Donington Park WSS, 2011 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Gino Rea, Step Racing Honda, Donington Park WSS, 2011 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Luca Scassa, ParkinGO Yamaha, Donington Park WSS, 2011 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
James Ellison, Bogdanka PTR Honda, WSS 2011, Donington Park [pic credit: Wendy Salisbury Photography]
James Ellison, Bogdanka PTR Honda, WSS 2011, Donington Park [pic credit: Wendy Salisbury Photography]
James Ellison, Bogdanka PTR Honda, WSS 2011, Donington Park [pic credit: Wendy Salisbury Photography]
James Ellison, Bogdanka PTR Honda, WSS 2011, Donington Park [pic credit: Wendy Salisbury Photography]
James Ellison, Bogdanka PTR Honda, WSS 2011, Donington Park [pic credit: Wendy Salisbury Photography]
Sam Lowes, Parkalgar Honda, WSS 2011, Donington Park [pic credit: Jack Bateson]

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Kenan Sofuoglu - Unregistered

May 09, 2012 3:11 AM

So... what about Lanzi? No word about him since he won the Assen round. He might not have pleased those who gave him the chance to ride the Honda at Assen by saying he wanted more power, so he wanted a Superbike. I felt at the time that those werent apropriate words after a race win with a wild card ride for a guy that is without permanent ride, but I thought he would continue to ride the supersport's at least until he got a chance in SBK again.



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