CIA Landlord Insurance Honda riders Robin Mulhauser and Jules Cluzel both crashed out of the incident packed opening round of the World Supersport Championship at Philip Island today.
Cluzel was comfortably leading the already shortened race after a text book start when Mulhauser highsided on the second lap at turn six, with the resulting debris on the track causing the race to be red flagged.
The re-started ten lap sprint race saw another impressive start from Cluzel. He was leading the frenetic pack on lap seven when he ran wide and moved back to fifth place. The CIA Landlord Insurance Honda CBR600RR looked strong as Cluzel was fighting his way again to the front with the podium in sight when he was clipped by the out of control Caricasulo, launching Cluzel spectacularly out of the race at turn ten on the final lap of the demanding Philip Island circuit.
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “Racing can be cruel sometimes. It’s a real shame as our bikes and riders have been so strong all weekend. Jules was looking really comfortable but unfortunately a big error by Caricasulo has cost us the win. Jules was taken to the medical centre and will now go to the hospital in Melbourne for further examinations to determine whether or not he will be fit to race at the next round in Thailand. Robin was going well in the top ten before his crash. Fortunately, he is unhurt but his bike is a complete write off. Hikari underwent successful surgery for his broken collarbone today and we are optimistic that he will be back to full fitness for Thailand.”