WSS: Foret takes the victory as Sofuoglu and Lowes retire.

Foret won in Spain for the first time since 2002

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.

Results below:
1. Fabien Foret (MAHI Racing Team India) Kawasaki ZX-6R 37’10.286

2. Michael Vd Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport) Honda CBR600RR 37’16.881
3. Luca Scassa (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) Kawasaki ZX-6R 37’20.195
4. Andrea Antonelli (Team Goeleven) Kawasaki ZX-6R 37’20.396
5. Riccardo Russo (Puccetti Racing Kawasaki) Kawasaki ZX-6R 37’22.236
6. Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport) Honda CBR600RR 37’22.944
7. Jack Kennedy (Rivamoto) Honda CBR600RR 37’26.391
8. Vladimir Leonov (Yakhnich Motorsport) Yamaha YZF R6 37’27.086
9. Roberto Rolfo (ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse) MV Agusta F3 675 37’36.320
10. Luca Marconi (PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 37’39.392
11. Alex Baldolini (Team Lorini) Honda CBR600RR 37’39.582
12. Massimo Roccoli (Team Pata by Martini) Yamaha YZF R6 37’39.622
13. Kev Coghlan (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team) Kawasaki ZX-6R 37’55.843
14. Fabio Menghi (VFT Racing) Yamaha YZF R6 37’57.938
15. Roberto Tamburini (Suriano Racing Team) Suzuki GSX-R600 38’06.234
16. Balazs Nemeth (Complus SMS Racing) Honda CBR600RR 38’06.589
17. Alex Schacht (Racing Team Toth) Honda CBR600RR 38’07.031
18. Matt Davies (Team Honda PTR) Honda CBR600RR 38’07.522
19. Yves Polzer (Team MRC Austria) Honda CBR600RR 38’50.405
20. Eduard Blokhin (Rivamoto) Honda CBR600RR 38’23.137
21. Mathew Scholtz (Suriano Racing Team) Suzuki GSX-R600 38’34.084
RT. Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport) Yamaha YZF R6 35’04.155
RT. Nacho Calero Perez (Honda PTR) Honda CBR600RR 36’02.165
RT. Florian Marino (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) Kawasaki ZX-6R 33’16.193
RT. Raffaele De Rosa (Team Lorini) Honda CBR600RR 33’16.595
RT. Vladimir Ivanov (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team) Kawasaki ZX-6R 28’47.879
RT. David Linortner (Team Honda PTR) Honda CBR600RR 25’09.835
RT. Mitchell Carr (AARK Racing) Triumph 675 R 23’22.921
RT. Luca Salvadori (Team Pata by Martini) Yamaha YZF R6 11’01.858
RT. Christian Iddon (ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse) MV Agusta F3 675 11’44.904
RT. Kenan Sofuoglu (MAHI Racing Team India) Kawasaki ZX-6R 5’00.143
RT. Gabor Talmacsi (Prorace) Honda CBR600RR 
RT. Sheridan Morais (PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 
RT. Imre Toth (Racing Team Toth) Honda CBR600RR 
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