|Foret won in Spain for the first time since 2002
Photo: Kawasaki Racing
The World Supersport season got well and truly underway at Aragon this afternoon for the second round of the season, almost two months after round one at Philip Island, and didn’t go according to plan.
Reigning champion Kenan Sofuoglu shot into first going into turn one, before he and his MAHI Racing Team India teammate Fabien Foret ran wide, pushing them back into the middle of the pack.
Brit Sam Lowes took the lead ahead of Michael Vd Mark, whilst main rival Sofuoglu was lying back in fifth position. Vd Mark passed Lowes on the back straight, and a battle for the top step of the podium developed. Continuing the curse of the race leader at Aragon, Sofuoglu ran-on again half way through the opening lap, and by lap 3 of the 18 the Turk was forced to retire.
By the fourth lap, Sam Lowes had upped his game and was pulling a big lead on the fight for second position. Meanwhile, fellow Brit Kev Coghlan had moved up into second position by lap four which gave him chance to decrease the gap Lowes was building.
Not one to be left out, Lowes was another rider to go along with the trend and ran straight on in turn one on the seventh lap, rejoining in third position and handing Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team’s Coghlan the lead.
By this time, the pack fighting for second had caught up with the leader and Foret went under Vd Mark to lead the race for the first time this year.
Sam Lowes only had eyes on the 25 points, he was pushing his way up into second position and reeling Foret in. By the 11th lap, Lowes showed he wasn’t hanging about by setting the fastest lap of the race for two consecutive laps.
With the green bike of Foret getting closer and closer, Lowes made his move in turn 16 and was back leading with 6 laps to go.
The Lincolnshire rider seemed to have this race stitched up, and had a comfortable lead until the curse struck on the last lap and mechanical problems forced him to retire, gifting the victory to Foret.
This is the Frenchman’s first win in Spain since 2002, and the podium was rounded off by Michael Vd Mark and Luca Scassa.
1. Fabien Foret (MAHI Racing Team India) Kawasaki ZX-6R 37’10.286