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A sensational late lap gave PJ Jacobsen the second World Supersport pole position of his career at a soaking wet Magny-Cours.

Fastest in the morning's sunny and dry FP3, the recently turned 22-year old snatched pole out of Kenan Sofuoglu's hands on his final lap, his time just 0.04s faster than the best set by the championship leader.

In a session that saw 17 separate crashes, Sofuoglu looked to have wrapped up his fourth pole position of the year as he put a full 0.6s between himself and Jacobsen with his final time.

Not to be outdone, the New York resident soon responded to ensure the leading two riders lapped the circuit a staggering 1.3 seconds faster than third-fastest man Lucas Mahias.

Indeed the local rider and reigning French Supersport champion fell at turn two early on in the session before securing a slot on the front row. Not adverse to drama, Mahias then suffered a spectacular out-of-the-seat moment in the second half of his final lap and somehow managed to stay on.

Another man to endure an eventful 45-minute session, Kyle Smtih crashed twice yet still managed to post the fourth fastest time. The second of those falls came at turn 15 as he was on course to set a pole position lap.

Alex Baldolini, a rider know to shine in adverse conditions, was fifth while Gino Rea - another wet weather specialist - recovered brilliantly from his horrifying Friday morning tumble to set the sixth fastest time.

Rea was another faller in this session, as was Lorenzo Zanetti, who eventually palced seventh.

Along with Rea's notable ride, there was further comfort for Simon Buckmaster's CIA Landlords Insurace Honda squad as all four riders placed inside the top ten. Martin Cardenas (eighth), Kevin Manfredi (ninth) and Aiden Wagner (tenth) followed Zanetti.


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