FORET FLIES DOWN UNDER Frenchman Fabien Foret has stormed home to win the World Supersport race at the Australian round of the World Superbike Championship held at Phillip Island. Despite giving up pole-position with a poor start, Foret ...
FORET FLIES DOWN UNDER
Frenchman Fabien Foret has stormed home to win the World Supersport race at the Australian round of the World Superbike Championship held at Phillip Island.
Despite giving up pole-position with a poor start, Foret showed pure class as he worked his way up the field to take the lead on the 18th lap of 22 -- a lead he was never going to surrender.
Turk Kenan Sofuoglu provided a fight back of his own to claim second position, while Australian Broc Parkes managed to get himself onto the podium with third.
Billed as Australia's best hope in the race, Kevin Curtain gave up a brilliant start to end up in 11th position overall -- tyre issues proving to be his downfall.
After an incident packed start which included two riders going off the track at an early turn, Curtain moved into the lead which he surrendered soon after.
The Aussie dropped back into third when he was hauled in by teammate and countryman Broc Parkes, as well as reigning World Supersport champion, Sebastien Charpentier.
The three riders then took part in what resembled a game of musical chairs -- all tasting a share of the lead at some point and rotating positions regularly.
It was Parkes who took the upper hand when he moved to the front and began to build a fair lead. The lead which moved out to over one second after seven laps was extended further to 2.1 seconds through 13.
Curtain on the other hand was not having everything his way, and slowly drifted down the rider list.
First he was overtaken by Charpentier and then by a rampaging Foret (who stormed into second overall), before being passed by Sofuoglu.
But all eyes were on Foret, who despite a slow start, continued with the cracking pace he set that landed him pole position for the race, and ended the race a deserved winner.
Of the other Australian's out in action, wildcard's Chris Seton and Judd Greedy performed exceptionally well to finish 19th and 22nd respectively in the field of 38.