Federico Caricasulo has taken his second World Supersport race victory by fending off Jules Cluzel in a race-long battle, as Lucas Mahias finished fifth to move to the cusp of the riders’ championship title.

Pole-sitter Caricasulo barged his way back into the lead after the opening lap tussles before setting the pace ahead of Cluzel. The CIA Landlords Insurance Honda rider looked to have the measure of the leader but lacked the top-end speed at the end of the straights to find a clean pass.

That set-up a tense final lap with Cluzel looking to dive up the inside at  turn 11 but Caricasulo held his nerve to keep the power on a shut the door on the Honda rider. Caricasulo’s second win of the year moves up him to fifth in the World Supersport championship, while Cluzel’s second place saw him drop out of the riders’ title chase.

As a result, the title is now solely contested between Mahias and the injured Kenan Sofuoglu with the GRT Yamaha rider taking a 20-point advantage thanks to fifth place in Jerez with the defending champion out with a broken hip.

The result effectively sees Mahias put one hand on the World Supersport crown with Sofuoglu needing to comeback from injury and win at Qatar in two weeks time.

Behind the top two, Anthony West pulled off a phenomenal third place having switched back to the Supersport class for Puccetti Kawasaki this weekend as he saw off MV Agusta’s PJ Jacobsen for the final podium place.

With Mahias a lonely fifth, Sheridan Morais recovered from a disastrous opening couple of laps to finish sixth ahead of Kallio Racing Yamaha team-mate Niki Tuuli with Rob Hartog in eighth. Gino Rea and Christian Gamarino rounded out the top ten finishers.

In the European Supersport Cup, Hannes Soomer held on to take the title by one point in Jerez thanks to his 15th place finish.

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