Crutchlow and Foret fight hard for points in the first Supersport battle Yamaha World Supersport riders Fabien Foret and Cal Crutchlow fought hard as part of the leading pack in what was an incredibly closely contested race for the opening round...
Crutchlow and Foret fight hard for points in the first Supersport battle
Yamaha World Supersport riders Fabien Foret and Cal Crutchlow fought hard as part of the leading pack in what was an incredibly closely contested race for the opening round of the 2009 season. Both riders took turns to lead the race at times, whilst fighting in an incredibly close battle with Laverty, Pitt, Sofuoglu and West for the top spots. Ultimately two false neutrals in the closing laps saw Crutchlow drop to fourth position, taking valuable points with him to the next round in Qatar. Foret suffered from increasing pain caused by yesterday's shoulder injury following a highside in qualifying but managed to hold on and score an impressive seventh place.
Cal Crutchlow, Yamaha World Supersport Team
"That was a really close race, really exciting. It has been great for me to come to Phillip Island and come fourth in my first World Supersport race on the Yamaha YZF-R6 although I was a little bit disappointed as I feel I had the potential to win. Unfortunately in the last lap I had two false neutrals, one going into Honda and the other going into the hairpin. I was closing to the guys in front, but it cost me some time. I guess that's the way racing is but I'm still happy, I'm coming away with a bag full of points and we're off to Qatar with high spirits!"
Fabien Foret, Yamaha World Supersport Team
"Wow, that was a really tough race for me! My shoulder was still in a lot of pain but I really wanted to get out and race for the first one of the season. The pack was really tight at the front so it was really exciting and I knew I had the speed to stay with the leaders. Unfortunately the pain in my shoulder got greater and greater and my arm started to go numb so it was starting to get very difficult to ride so I had to drop back a little. I'm still happy to have taken plenty of points and looking forward to going to Qatar with no injuries to fight for the podium!"
Wilco Zeelenberg, Yamaha World Supersport Team manager
"For Fabien I'm really happy, last night he was in pain so it's good for him to finish in seventh position. By the end of the race he couldn't ride properly, he couldn't roll off throttle as his arm was numb. Fourth for Cal on the Yamaha YZF-R6 was a really great finish, especially considering his two neutrals. In the end the front three managed to get away as Laverty held him up a bit, he took advantage of the false neutrals and took it past him but he caught up again by the last lap and he nearly caught the top three. It was the first time here for him so fighting with the front group was great, especially not knowing all the passing points on the track. All in all a great start for us, we're up there and when you see there is only one second between first and fourth you know we have the pace and are strong, the championship is going great to watch this year!"