After waiting five long months due to health problems, crash or technical failures, to secure at least one point, Ondra Jezek finally got what he wished for by taking home three for thirteenth place in the tenth round of the Supersport World Championship at Magny-Cours, France.
Right from the beginning of Friday’s free practice sessions it was clear that the race in France would be vastly different to that in Germany, where Ondra and the entire Go Eleven team struggled with the set up of his Kawasaki. In the second session, which is so important for position into the subsequent qualifying, Ondra crashed during his fastest lap and knocked off his rival Alessandro Zaccone in the Adelaide hairpin. “I apologised to him. There was a group riding in front of me, which began to brake a little earlier than usual and I couldn’t avoid them. Adelaide is a complex curve that absolutely does not forgive any mistakes under braking. We talked over everything and it turned out well in the end,” commented Ondra of the Friday incident, which caused him to drop to 25th place.
In Saturday’s wet qualifying Ondra was left frustrated with poor rear wheel grip which effected his performance, resulting in only a slight improvement to 23rd place and an eighth row start position for Sunday’s race.
Starting so far down the order unfortunately negatively affected the race. “After the start I got a couple of places ahead, however, there was a crash in front of me in the formentioned Adelaide and I almost had to stop, dropping me back by at least 4 or 5 places . This was also a pity especially with regards to further progress.” The Brno rider however had a solid pace and in several laps, with the contribution of some crashes, worked his way through to the tail of the point scoring position. “I’m sorry that it took me a little longer to overtake some slower riders that started further up front due to wet qualifying. I lost contact with the group that at the end was fighting for 8th place. But I am very glad that I fought off the pressure of riders behind me and the resulting three points are very valuable. I finally felt good on the bike today and am looking forward to Jerez, where I would like to improve the result from France.”
The penultimate race of the season takes place 14 to 16 October at the Spanish circuit of Jerez de la Frontera.
Results race WorldSSP Magny-Cours 2016
1 – CLUZEL Jules – MV Agusta F3 675
2 – TUULI Niki – Yamaha YZF R6 – +0,248
3 – BADOVINI Ayrton – Honda CBR600RR – +0,525
4 – BASSANI Axel – Kawasaki ZX-6R – +2,232
5 – KRUMMENACHER Randy – Kawasaki ZX-6R – +4,643
13 – JEŽEK Ondřej – Kawasaki ZX-6R – +38,923
Standings WorldSSP 2016 after 10 of 12 races
1 – SOFUOGLU Kenan 171
2 – KRUMMENACHER Randy 129
3 – CLUZEL Jules 116
4 – JACOBSEN Patrick 109
5 – SMITH Kyle 84
14 – JEŽEK Ondřej 36