Okubo

Fighting sixth for Okubo as Cluzel’s hopes of victory are denied

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider Jules Cluzel had his hopes of victory frustrated when he was forced to retire from the drama laden World Supersport race in Thailand today.  Jules led from pole position and clearly had the pace to win until an engine problem put the Frenchman out of the race.

Teammate Hikari Okubo had better luck finishing a superb sixth in the race at Chang today.  Despite the collarbone injury he sustained at the previous round in Australia, Hikari produced the best result of his Supersport career so far.  He said: “This was a very difficult race because the temperature is very hot and I lost energy.  I couldn’t push as hard as I wanted to but the result is my best so I am very happy.  The next round I will feel even better so I can push harder.  Thank you to my team and my sponsors.”

Newcomer Robin Mulhauser also produced an impressive performance, finishing tenth in only his second outing with CIA Landlord Insurance Honda and his very first visit to the Chang International Circuit.

CIA Landlord Insurance Team Manager, Simon Buckmaster said: “Realistically we should have been able to win the first two rounds of the Championship.  We have a tremendous reliability record over the years, we didn’t have a single engine failure last year so we need to investigate what caused the problem with Jules’s bike.  It is just heart breaking for everyone who works so hard in the team.  We will see what, if any changes need to be made and move forward to Aragon and the victory that has to be coming our way.  Hikari struggled to push as much as he wanted but he showed his true fighting spirit and came away with his best result ever.  Robin also got a great result inside the top ten in only his second ride in World Supersport so that’s a great achievement for him and his crew.”

Race Results

  1. F. Caricasulo
  2. D. Kraisart +0.793
  3. N. Tuuli +3.164
  4. T. Warokorn +7.564
  5. K. Ryde +7.698
  6. H. Okubo CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +8.823
  7. S. Morais +10.532
  8. A. Wagner +19.051
  9. K. Watanabe +19.666
  10. R. Mulhauser CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +19.857

RET. J. Cluzel CIA Landlord Insurance Honda