After qualifying on pole position, his first since the Aragón season-opener, Cluzel had dropped to fourth by the end of the first lap. The French rider was then locked in an immense five-way battle for the lead over the course of the race, with Gonzalez and Aegerter also involved in the scrap.
On the penultimate lap, Cluzel slipped up the inside of Gonzalez to take control of the race and went on to set a new lap record on the final tour, stopping any chance of a challenge from behind to take an emotional win.
Spanish youngster Gonzalez had initially set the fastest time in qualifying, but had his best lap deleted for a yellow flag infringement and started the race in fourth. The 19-year-old battled among the podium places, taking the lead several times throughout the race, but with the head wind down the main straight, he was unable to pull away. The ParkinGO Yamaha rider eventually finished in second, moving him back into third in the standings.
Championship leader Aegerter was second in qualifying, just marginally behind pole, but managed to take the lead of the race on the run to Turn 1. The Swiss rider jostled for position, dropping to fifth with three laps to go, but was able to recover back into third place, 0.565s behind Cluzel.
Evan Bros Yamaha WorldSSP Supported Team’s Steven Odendaal was seventh in qualifying, and lost touch with the lead group as he battled over sixth in the early stages. With five laps to go though, the South African started to reel them back in, but couldn’t quite get in the mix and crossed the line in sixth, ensuring the title wouldn’t be decided this weekend.
CM Racing Team’s Randy Krummenacher made his way into seventh from 13th on the grid, with GMT94 Yamaha’s latest replacement rider, Yari Montella, impressing on his first WorldSSP outing to finish 10th.
Evan Bros Yamaha’s Peter Sebestyen was just behind the Italian in 11th, with Kallio Racing Yamaha WorldSSP Supported Team’s Hannes Soomer improving to finish 13th, overtaking Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSSP Supported Team’s Federico Cairasulo who struggled for pace late in the race and crossed the line 14th.
The Italian’s teammate, Maria Herrera, went from 27th to finish 18th, with Kallio Racing Yamaha’s Vertti Takala 21st, Ten Kate Yamaha’s Galang Hendra Pratama 22nd, and bLU cRU rider Unai Orradre 26th.
For Race 1 results, click here.