SBK, SSP, Lucas Mahias returns to success at Magny-Cours, Locatelli out

The Frenchman achieved success in Race 2 under a downpour. Nothing doing for Kyle Smith, second at the finish line. Hannes Soomer on the podium again. A crash on the sighting lap eliminates Andrea Locatelli

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Second position yesterday afternoon left him with a taste of disappointment, but today Lucas Mahias wanted to remind everyone that a World Championship is not won by chance. In a downpour at Magny-Cours, the Frenchman returned to the top step of the World SuperSport 600 podium almost a year after the last time.

In a Race 2 that saw the new champion and yesterday’s winner, Andrea Locatelli crash out on the sighting lap, Lucas Mahias started perfectly from the second place of the grid. The Puccetti Racing man set a formidable pace from the first corners, managing the tyres as best as possible and pulling out a lead of over ten seconds to the rest of the group setting a series of fast laps.

For the Frenchman, it was a special victory in his home grand prix and again with Manuel Puccetti's Kawasaki ZX-6RR after the one obtained in 2019. At the same time, Mahias put an end to a 12-month long wait: his last win was in last season's Losail round.

There was nothing doing for poleman Kyle Smith, present as a substitute for Jules Cluzel in GMT94 Yamaha as in Barcelona. The Englishman did not make the most of the start from pole position, being passed immediately by Mahias and finishing some way behind at the line. It was however an important second place from a moral point of view in view of the last round at Estoril.

Another third position for Hannes Soomer (Kallio Racing), with his second career podium in the category. The Estonian proved to be an excellent interpreter of the ups and downs of Magny-Cours in these conditions, recovering from 16th place on the starting grid.

Behind him finished Steven Odendaal (EAB Ten Kate Racing), at times fighting for the place of honour but then losing ground, the wild-card Karel Hanika (WRP Wepol Racing), a former Moto3 World Championship presence, and the rookie Manuel Gonzalez (ParkinGo Kawasaki). Seventh was the Turkish rider Can Oncu (Turkish Racing Team), who ended up on the ground at the third last corner while he was in third position.

It was an unfortunate race for Italian Kevin Manfredi (Altogoo Racing Team). The 25-year-old slipped to 10th on the last lap after battling Odendaal for fourth. Fourteenth was Axel Bassani (Soradis Yamaha Motoxracing), while Raffaele De Rosa and Federico Fuligni of MV Agusta Reparto Corse also crashed out of the race.

RACE 2 RESULTS

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