Foret still ahead despite crash.
Fabien Foret lost the front end of his Ten Kate Honda CBR600FS on the penultimate lap of the World Supersport race in Oschersleben, Germany. He remounted to finish sixth, winning ten points and just keeping hold of his championship lead.
Foret was leading the race when he crashed, having battled for most of the race with several other riders. Luckily for Foret, the leading six riders had built up such a big lead over the rest of the pack that Foret had time to remount without losing too many places. His sixth place finish earned him ten valuable championship points, keeping him just three points ahead of Fujiwara, who finished the race in third place.
"I want to win every race I ride in," explained Foret. "Especially when I am leading the world championship with only a few races left in the season. So I always push to the limit, and when you do that sometimes you crash. There's now only two races left this season and I'll continue to give my maximum effort and try to win the championship for Ten Kate Honda."
Foret's team mate Iain MacPherson had a very short race, he was punted off by Jorg Teuchert at the only the second turn of the first lap, ruining what had been a very promising weekend for the Scotsman.
"I'm obviously pretty disappointed," said MacPherson, "I had no idea what was happening, one minute I was thinking that I had made a pretty good start, and then I was in the gravel trap!"
"I'm especially upset for Iain," commented Team Manager Ronald ten Kate. "He has looked very strong all weekend and his performance in this morning's warm up showed he was right on the pace".
MacPherson had been second fastest in the morning warm up, just 0.024 seconds behind Foret.
"If he hadn't been taken out in the first lap," continued ten Kate, "I'm sure he would have had a brilliant race.
"As for Fabien Foret, what can I say? He was very lucky to be able to continue the race after his crash and salvage some points. I was very surprised that he managed to keep hold of his championship lead after crashing. All season his riding style has been able to get him to the front of a race, and to the front of the championship. But today I think the same style has cost him a race win, and almost cost him his championship lead. Now everything is wide open for the last two races!"
World Supersport championship race result:
1 Paolo Casoli, Italy (Yamaha) 42m 42.079s, 2 Stephane Chambon, France (Suzuki) 42m 42.164s, 3 Katsuaki Fujiwara, Japan (Suzuki) 42m 43.000s, 4 Andrew Pitt, Australia (Kawasaki) 42m 48.371s, 5 Kevin Curtain, Australia (Yamaha) 42m 49.578s, 6 Fabien Foret, France (Ten Kate Honda) 43m 07.155s, 7 Jan Hanson, Sweden (Honda) 43m 08.950s, 8 Alessio Corradi, Italy (Yamaha) 43m 08.992s, 9 Stefano Cruciani, Italy (Yamaha) 43m 27.484s, 10 James Ellison, GB (Kawasaki) 43m 31.318s.
World Supersport championship points after 10 of 12 rounds: 1 Foret 148, 2 Fujiwara 145, 3 Chambon 135, 4 Pitt 126, 5 Casoli 112, 6 Christian Kellner, Germany (Yamaha) 88, 7 Chris Vermeulen, Australia (Honda) 74, 8 James Whitham, GB (Yamaha) and Jorg Teuchert, Germany (Yamaha) 71, 10 Iain MacPherson, GB (Honda) 54