Ten Kate Honda and Fabien Foret Â World Champions! Fabien Foret showed his maturity today by riding to a sensible fifth place finish to clinch the World Supersport Championship in front of 97,000 fanatical motorcycle racing fans at the historic...
Ten Kate Honda and Fabien Foret World Champions!
Fabien Foret showed his maturity today by riding to a sensible fifth place finish to clinch the World Supersport Championship in front of 97,000 fanatical motorcycle racing fans at the historic Imola circuit in Italy.
³In the race the only thing on my mind was the championship,² explained Foret. ³It made it difficult for me because I knew I could match the pace of the leaders but I just didn¹t want to take risks the title was more important than the race win. The last few laps were agony, I heard all sorts of noises coming from the bike and felt all sorts of wobbles and vibrations none of which were actually there! I was so relieved to see the chequered flag!²
The entire team were obviously delighted at the outcome of what has been a very tense weekend for everyone involved; ³The atmosphere in the pit box during the race was really intense,² confirmed Team manager Ronald Ten Kate. ³Although Fabien had the advantage, this is racing and anything could have happened to ruin our day. But it all came good and now we¹re all over the moon! It¹s the perfect end to a perfect season. Now our mission has been completed we are the champions!²
The result is a culmination of a year of hard work by everyone involved, the team, the sponsors and of course the riders.
³I want to thank everyone who played a part in making this happen for me,² said Foret. ³Pirelli tyres, Laser exhausts, WP Suspension, Honda and all the rest of them - they know who they are. But, above all, I have to mention the Ten Kate Honda team who have all worked so hard all year - I really can¹t thank them enough.²
Foret¹s team mate Iain MacPherson made a point of congratulating Foret; ³I take my hat off to Fabien,² said MacPherson. ³He¹s ridden really hard all year, he¹s been completely dedicated to getting this title and he deserved it above all others.²
Although Foret finished the race in fifth, fourth place finisher James Whitham was excluded for a technical infringement after the race. This lifted Foret up an extra place to fourth.
World Supersport race result (revised)
1 Katsuaki Fujiwara, Japan (Suzuki) 40m 15.186s,
2 Stephane Chambon, France (Suzuki) 40m 18.847s,
3 Chris Vermeulen, Australia (Van Zon Honda TKR) 40m 19.746s,
4 Fabien Foret, France (Ten Kate Honda) 40m 24.336s,
5 Jorg Teuchert, Germany (Yamaha) 40m 26.036s,
6 Antonio Carlacci, Italy (Yamaha) 40m 33.051s,
7 Iain MacPherson, GB (Ten Kate Honda) 40m 40.547s,
James Whitham, GB (Yamaha) 40m 23.246s, (finished fourth but excluded due to technical infringment)
Final world championship points:
1 Foret 184,
2 Fujiwara 181,
3 Chambon 162,
4 Paolo Casoli, Italy (Yamaha) 162,
5 Andrew Pitt, Australia (Kawasaki) 126,
6 Christian Kellner, Germany (Yamaha) 94,
7 Whitham 93,
8 Vermeulen 90,
9 Teuchert 89,
10 MacPherson 82.