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Jul 22, 2012

FIM Supersport World Championship Race Results From Brno (Updated)

Fabien Foret (99).

FIM Supersport World Championship Brno, Czech Republic July 22, 2012 Race Results (all on Pirelli tires):

1. Fabien FORET, France (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 13 laps, 27:02.236 2. Kenan SOFUOGLU, Turkey (Kawasaki ZX-6R), -0.128 second 3. Broc PARKES, Australia (Honda CBR600RR), -0.434 4. Sam LOWES, UK (Honda CBR600RR), -4.650 seconds 5. Jules CLUZEL, France (Honda CBR600RR), -7.725 6. Ronan QUARMBY, South Africa (Honda CBR600RR), -11.384 7. Sheridan MORAIS, South Africa (Kawasaki ZX-6R), -11.934 8. Stefano CRUCIANI, Italy (Kawasaki ZX-6R), -12.253 9. Vittorio IANNUZZO, Italy (Triumph Daytona 675R), -15.111 10. Vladimir LEONOV, Russia (Yamaha YZF-R6), -18.549

27. Josh DAY, USA (Kawasaki ZX-6R), -2 laps, DNF, crash

World Championship Point Standings (after 8 of 13 races):

1. Sofuoglu, 137 points 2. Lowes, 114 3. Foret, 108 4. Cluzel, 95 5. Parkes, 82 6. Morais, 62 7. TIE, Baldolini/Quarmby, 54 9. Iannuzzo, 48 10. Tamburini, 39

20. TIE, De Rosa/Day, 14

More, from a press release issued by Bogdanka PTR Honda:

BOGDANKA PTR HONDA'S Sam Lowes finished fourth in a shortened 13-lap red-flagged eighth round of the World Supersport Championship at Brno in the Czech Republic.

His teammate Mathew Scholtz was on for a points scoring finish when he had to retire with a clutch problem - and will take the positives from a good performance to the next round.

Bogdanka Honda PTR's Pawel Szkopek crashed unhurt on lap three. He will be looking to score points at the ninth and next round of the Championship at Silverstone in two weeks time on Sunday, August 5th.

Sam: "That was a bit of a weird race. I did not get the best of starts and then I was battling with my teammate Jules. By the time I was past him, I managed to hold the leaders for a few laps but they were too far in front so I just sat there and took the points. I am disappointed but on the positive side I am still second in the Championship, Brno was my least favourite track of the year and now I can look forward to my home race at Silverstone next and fighting to finish in front of Keenan for the rest of the season."

Mathew: "I am very disappointed to retire out of a points scoring finish. I got away OK and was building my pace and effort and moving up through the race - I did not want to crash. My clutch then had a problem and I had to pull in. We have shown we can challenge for points and will be ready for Silverstone in two weeks time."

Pawel: "I am frustrated to have crashed out early on as I think today I could have scored points. We have shown potential and I will do my best at the next round. Thank you for all the Polish support here at Brno, I only wish I could have scored a good result and I promise I will keep trying."

Simon Buckmaster, PTR Honda Team Manager: "Sam didn't get a great start and by the time he got through he had to settle for fourth. He's still second in the Championship and his home round is next so we can look forward to that. Mathew was unfortunate as his clutch failed while in the points but he is riding better and better and will get the reward his commitment deserves soon."

Race Result

1. Fabien Foret FRA Intermoto Step Kawasaki ZX-6R 27m 02.236s

2. Kenan Sofuoglu TUR Kawasaki Lorenzini ZX-6R +0.128s/b>

3. Broc Parkes AUS Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR +0.434s

4. Sam Lowes GBR Bogdanka PTR Honda CBR600RR +4.650s

5. Jules Cluzel FRA PTR Honda CBR600RR +7.725s

6. Ronan Quarmby RSA PTR Honda CBR600RR +11.384s

7. Sheridan Morais RSA Kawasaki Lorenzini ZX-6R +11.934

8. Stefano Cruciani ITA Puccetti Kawasaki ZX-6R +12.253s

9. Vittorio Iannuzzo ITA Power Team Suriano Triumph 675 +15.111s

10. Vladimir Leonov FRA Yakhnich Yamaha YZF-R6 +18.549s

23. Martin Jessopp GBR Riders PTR Honda CBR600RR +1m 13.516s

Championship points (after eight of 13 rounds)

1: Sofuoglu 137

2: LOWES BOGDANKA PTR HONDA 114

3: Foret 108

4: CLUZEL PTR HONDA 95

5: Parkes 82

6: Morais 62

7: Baldolini 54

8: QUARMBY PTR HONDA 54

9: Iannuzzo 48

10: Tamburini 39

36: SCHOLTZ BOGDANKA PTR HONDA 2

38: JESSOPP RIDERS PTR HONDA 1

More, from a press release issued by PTR Honda:

PTR HONDA'S Jules Cluzel took a hard earned fifth place at the eighth round of the World Supersport Championship at Brno in the Czech Republic.

PTR Honda's Ronan Quarmby was enjoying one of his best ever races in a close sixth place when he crashed out on the 15th lap and forced the race to be red flagged. He was awarded sixth on count back.

Riders PTR Honda's Martin Jessopp started from pit lane and ended up 23rd. He is already looking forward to his home round - the ninth round of the Championship - at Silverstone next on August 5th.

Jules: "That was a tough race and I am glad to have finished with points in fifth place. Right from the start I did not have as much grip as I expected. I tried my best to stay with the leaders but I must be happy with fifth, it was the best I could do today."

Martin: "On the start the clutch went but there was a red flag and the boys put a new clutch in while the track was tidied up. I just missed the start of the race from pit lane but at least I got out there. I caught three slower guys and then just ran on my own for the rest of the race. Silverstone is next and is my home round; I've had good results there in the last couple of years. It is so much easier knowing where you are going and I really enjoy Silverstone so I cannot wait."

Ronan: "I was enjoying the race and fighting in the top six with my teammates. I do not know what happened with the crash but I have hurt my back and I am very sore. As a precaution I am having it checked by medics now."

Simon Buckmaster, PTR Honda Team Manager: "Jules struggled for grip all race but he kept in there and got good points for fifth. Martin had to start from pit lane after a problem and showed determination to finish the race. Ronan was riding really well but high-sided and crashed out of the race, causing the red flag. He still scored sixth which is a good result for him and while he walked away from the crash he has hurt his back and is being checked out now for any injuries."

Race Result

1. Fabien Foret FRA Intermoto Step Kawasaki ZX-6R 27m 02.236s

2. Kenan Sofuoglu TUR Kawasaki Lorenzini ZX-6R +0.128s/b>

3. Broc Parkes AUS Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR +0.434s

4. Sam Lowes GBR Bogdanka PTR Honda CBR600RR +4.650s

5. Jules Cluzel FRA PTR Honda CBR600RR +7.725s

6. Ronan Quarmby RSA PTR Honda CBR600RR +11.384s

7. Sheridan Morais RSA Kawasaki Lorenzini ZX-6R +11.934

8. Stefano Cruciani ITA Puccetti Kawasaki ZX-6R +12.253s

9. Vittorio Iannuzzo ITA Power Team Suriano Triumph 675 +15.111s

10. Vladimir Leonov FRA Yakhnich Yamaha YZF-R6 +18.549s

23. Martin Jessopp GBR Riders PTR Honda CBR600RR +1m 13.516s

Championship points (after eight of 13 rounds)

1: Sofuoglu 137

2: LOWES BOGDANKA PTR HONDA 114

3: Foret 108

4: CLUZEL PTR HONDA 95

5: Parkes 82

6: Morais 62

7: Baldolini 54

8: QUARMBY PTR HONDA 54

9: Iannuzzo 48

10: Tamburini 39

36: SCHOLTZ BOGDANKA PTR HONDA 2

38: JESSOPP RIDERS PTR HONDA 1

More, form a press release issued by Kawasaki:

First And Second For Foret And Sofuoglu

WSS, Brno, Czech Republic, 22 July 2012

Fabien Foret (Kawasaki Intermoto Step) and Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Lorenzini) went 1-2 in a shortened 13-lap race at Brno, with both riders in the podium hunt from the very beginning of the race.

Fabien made a dash to the lead at his team's home circuit before the chasing Sofuoglu and Broc Parkes closed him down on lap 13 and Sofuoglu passed on lap 14. At that point another rider crashed and with his machine stranded on the racing line the red flag was displayed and the result called after 13 laps, and with full points allocated.

That left Foret the winner, for the second time this year, and promoted him to third in the championship.

Sofuoglu was obviously disappointed not to win but his second place, and a fourth place finish by his main championship rival Sam Lowes, extended his championship lead to 23 points.

Sheridan Morais (Kawasaki Lorenzini) was finally seventh in the race, having started ninth on the grid, and is sixth overall in the points now. Romain Lanusse (Kawasaki Intermoto Step) was 11th, and is 17th in the standings.

Stefano Cruciani (Puccetti Racing Team Italia Kawasaki) finished tenth and Florian Marino of the new MSD R-N Racing Team India squad took his Ninja ZX-6R to 13th, a vast improvement on his starting place of 23rd.

Kenan Sofuoglu: "I think there is a wall for me to first position recently! But it is not so bad because I knew I could catch Fabien and I just waited to catch up with him. Finally I did and passed and I still had energy to improve and push for the last four laps and improve. Then I saw the red flag and at that moment I thought I was more than one lap in the lead and I was in first, but when I got back they told me I was second. So many right now I have a little bit of bad luck, but still we are leading the championship and pulling a gap. That is the most important thing. Sometimes you can do everything but winning is not for you. But it is not so bad."

Fabien Foret: "We made a plan this morning with Andrew my crew chief and I tried to respect it by pushing really hard at the beginning of the race to make a gap. I was struggling to keep the gap and when you are at the front you are a reference for the riders following behind. When I saw the riders coming by I just kept it calm and tried to save a bit of energy for the last three laps. Kenan passed me and I could see that I was a bit faster than him in some places, and he was definitely a bit faster than me in other places. I tried to adjust myself a little bit on the bike and then the red flag arrived. I was a bit upset because I though I had been passed for the lead at this stage but it turned out it was my weekend. It was good to win, very good."

Sheridan Morais: "I got quite a good start, even if starting ninth is not so easy and I did not lose any positions. One of the other rider's engines blew in front of me and I got dropped back but then I had a pretty good race pace and manage to get back up a bit. I saw Cluzel in front of me and I think I was managing to close that gap until it was red- flagged. I am happy with the bike and the way we went forward but I am not happy with the race in general because I feel we could have been fighting at the front again. But thanks to the guys in the team for all the hard work."

More, from a press release issued by Power Team by Suriano:

Power Team by Suriano leaves Brno with all the intentions to make it up from the next round. The ninth place conquered by Vittorio Iannuzzo is a quite satisfactory one but having seen the qualifyings, the team was hoping for being a protagonist of this round. The race was altered by the two red flags that firstly forced the rider to another start and to go back at the box later on. But all the conditions seemed the best for Iannuzzo, starting sixth and Baldolini starting eight, with both ready to kick off from the second row. The race of Alex ended sooner due to a failure. It's a tough moment for the talented italian rider, that couldn't gain any scores during the last two rounds. But he'll make it up from the next round on. Iannuzzo was still in the game opting for a more conservative tyre choice. After kicking off in a great way, during the second part of the race was forced to defend himself trying to capitalize the result.

Alex Baldolini Triumph Daytona 675 #25 -"I'm really sorry for this result. This isn't one of my luckiest time but I hope to make it up from the next round on, in England. I'm quite disappointed because this was a track that I know really well and things could have definately go better".

Vittorio Iannuzzo Triumph Daytona 675 #31 "I could've probably give something more but this has been a really tough weekend where we didn't have the chance to work at our best due to the unstable weather and track's conditions. During the second part of the race the grip went down and I was forced to raise the times loosing some placings."

Race results:

1. Fabien Foret"ƒ(Kawasaki Intermoto Step)"ƒKawasaki ZX-6R"ƒ27'02.236 2. Kenan Sofuoglu"ƒ(Kawasaki Lorenzini)"ƒKawasaki ZX-6R"ƒ27'02.364 3. Broc Parkes"ƒ(Ten Kate Racing Products)"ƒHonda CBR600RR"ƒ27'02.670 4. Sam Lowes"ƒ(Bogdanka PTR Honda)"ƒHonda CBR600RR"ƒ27'06.886 5. Jules Cluzel"ƒ(PTR Honda)"ƒHonda CBR600RR"ƒ27'09.961 6. Ronan Quarmby"ƒ(PTR Honda)"ƒHonda CBR600RR"ƒ27'13.620 7. Sheridan Morais"ƒ(Kawasaki Lorenzini)"ƒKawasaki ZX-6R"ƒ27'14.170 8. Stefano Cruciani"ƒ(Puccetti Racing Kawasaki Itali)"ƒKawasaki ZX-6R"ƒ27'14.489 9. Vittorio Iannuzzo"ƒ(Power Team by Suriano)"ƒTriumph Daytona 675"ƒ27'17.347 10. Vladimir Leonov"ƒ(Yakhnich Motorsport)"ƒYamaha YZF R6"ƒ27'20.785 11. Romain Lanusse"ƒ(Kawasaki Intermoto Step)"ƒKawasaki ZX-6R"ƒ27'21.076 12. Gabor Talmacsi"ƒ(PRORACE)"ƒHonda CBR600RR"ƒ27'21.273 13. Florian Marino"ƒ(MSD R-N Racing Team India)"ƒKawasaki ZX-6R"ƒ27'27.116 14. Valentin Debise"ƒ(SMS Racing)"ƒHonda CBR600RR"ƒ27'27.141 15. Luca Marconi"ƒ(VFT Racing)"ƒYamaha YZF R6"ƒ27'34.370 16. Raffaele De Rosa"ƒ(Team Lorini)"ƒHonda CBR600RR"ƒ27'34.637 17. Balazs Nemeth"ƒ(Racing Team Toth)"ƒHonda CBR600RR"ƒ27'34.932 18. Dino Lombardi"ƒ(Team PATA by Martini)"ƒYamaha YZF R6"ƒ27'35.472 19. Imre Toth"ƒ(Racing Team Toth)"ƒHonda CBR600RR"ƒ27'39.008 20. Stefan Kerschbaumer"ƒ(Kerschbaumer Team)"ƒYamaha YZF R6"ƒ27'43.833 21. Fabio Menghi"ƒ(VFT Racing)"ƒYamaha YZF R6"ƒ27'44.122 22. Andrea Agnelli"ƒ(Puccetti Racing Kawasaki Itali)"ƒKawasaki ZX-6R"ƒ27'52.639 23. Martin Jessopp"ƒ(Riders PTR Honda)"ƒHonda CBR600RR"ƒ28'15.752 24. Eduard Blokhin"ƒ(Rivamoto)"ƒYamaha YZF R6"ƒ28'30.284 25. Oleg Pozdneev"ƒ(Rivamoto)"ƒYamaha YZF R6"ƒ29'08.729 RT. Mathew Scholtz"ƒ(Bogdanka PTR Honda)"ƒHonda CBR600RR"ƒ25'23.558 RT. Joshua Day"ƒ(Team GOELEVEN)"ƒKawasaki ZX-6R"ƒ23'55.444 RT. Jed Metcher"ƒ(Rivamoto Junior Team)"ƒYamaha YZF R6"ƒ21'14.592 RT. Roberto Tamburini"ƒ(Team Lorini)"ƒHonda CBR600RR"ƒ19'04.752 RT. Yves Polzer"ƒ(Team MRC Austria)"ƒYamaha YZF R6"ƒ17'51.879 RT. Massimo Roccoli"ƒ(KUJA Racing)"ƒHonda CBR600RR"ƒ8'38.925 RT. Pawel Szkopek"ƒ(Bogdanka Honda PTR)"ƒHonda CBR600RR"ƒ4'21.725 RT. Alex Baldolini"ƒ(Power Team by Suriano)"ƒTriumph Daytona 675"ƒ2'11.504 NS. Andrea Antonelli"ƒ(Bike Service R.T.)"ƒYamaha YZF R6"ƒ

General ranking:

137 KENAN SOFUOGLU-KAWASAKI 114 SAM LOWES-HONDA 108 FABIEN FORET-KAWASAKI 95 JULES CLUZEL-HONDA 82 BROC PARKES-HONDA 62 SHERIDAN MORAIS-KAWASAKI 54 ALEX BALDOLINI-TRIUMPH 54 RONAN QUARMBY-HONDA 48 VITTORIO IANNUZZO-TRIUMPH 39 ROBERTO TAMBURINI-HONDA 32 VLADIMIR LEONOV-YAMAHA 31 ANDREA ANTONELLI-YAMAHA 31 JED METCHER-YAMAHA 25 LORENZO LANZI-HONDA 19 STEFANO CRUCIANI-KAWASAKI 18 MASSIMO ROCCOLI-HONDA 18 ROMAIN LANUSSE-KAWASAKI 16 IMRE TOTH-HONDA 15 LUCA MARCONI-YAMAHA 14 RAFFAELE DE ROSA-HONDA 14 JOSHUA DAY-KAWASAKI 13 BALAZS NEMETH-HONDA 12 GABOR TALMACSI-HONDA 11 GLEN RICHARDS-TRIUMPH 10 VALENTIN DEBISE-HONDA 8 TWAN VAN POPPEL-YAMAHA 7 BILLY MCCONNELL-TRIUMPH 6 STUART VOSKAMP-SUZUKI 6 LUKAS PESEK-HONDA 4 THOMAS CAIANI-HONDA 3 FLORIAN MARINO-KAWASAKI 3 PATRICK JACOBSE-NHONDA 3 FABIO MENGHI-YAMAHA 2 DINO LOMBARDI-YAMAHA 2 KIERAN CLARKE-HONDA 2 MATHEW SCHOLTZ-HONDA 1 LUKE MOSSEY-TRIUMPH 1 MARTIN JESSOPP-HONDA

More, from a press release issued by Honda:

Parkes back on podium at Brno

Broc Parkes finished third in today's eighth round World Supersport encounter at the Automotodromo Brno in the Czech Republic after a thrilling three-way battle for victory.

The race was won by Fabien Foret following a red flag, which stopped the race with 13 of the scheduled 18 laps completed. Parkes was battling with Kenan Sofuoglu at the time, the Turkish rider finishing in second place.

Honda CBR600RR riders Sam Lowes and Jules Cluzel finished in fourth and fifth places respectively.

Today was Parkes's second visit to the podium in 2012 and his first since the opening round of the championship in his native Australia back in February. He remains in fifth place in the points standings.

Broc Parkes 3rd

It was a good race, actually, and I felt comfortable going with Fabien and Kenan all the way through. The guys made quite a big step with the CBR and I feel we're closer power-wise now. I felt quite quick at the start of the race and got stuck with Kenan a bit, but then he found a good pace so I stayed behind him and saw that Fabien was coming back to us quite quickly. Finally, we all arrived together but unfortunately we had the red flag. But I felt really strong, even towards the end of the race when I still had quite a lot of tyre left. I think we could have battled for the win but, for me, it's all positive because I feel confident again.

Pieter Breddels technical co-ordinator

From the start we were fighting for the podium today and, in the end, also for the win. We got third but it could have been second or even a win, but the race was red-flagged. Well done to Broc and to his team it was a really positive race and hopefully we can take this momentum on to Silverstone.

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