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Apr 4, 2012

The Final Round Of Press Releases From Last Weekend's Various Races

Fabien Foret (99) in action at Imola.

The French pilot scores race victory and world leadership in Supersport

Sidi is already a major star in world Supersport. Fabien Foret clinched success in the 600 Supersport race which took place on Sunday on the Imola racecourse. As always, with him on the track were his Sidi Vortice boots, thus confirming their place at the top of the line in the Sidi collection for track and speed. At the end of a thrilling race full of daring moves, Foret put all his adversaries in line, flying under the chequered flag ahead of Englishman Sam Lowes and South African Ronan Quarmby. This was a double play orchestrated by Foret; in fact, the French rider from Kawasaki Intermoto Step also jumped to the top of the world series general classification.

There was a huge party for Foret and Sidi. For the Frenchman Imola signalled an historical success, a downright record, his fourteenth win in the series of his outstanding career, which brings him to second place in the special rankings of the most victorious riders of all time. Foret certainly doesn't intend to stop here; records are made to be broken, the world series still has a long way to go and the playing field is wide open.

More, from a press release issued by Go Eleven Racing Team:

Imola - It was staged last Sunday at the International Circuit 'Enzo and Dino
Ferrari', the historical circuit of Imola, the second round of the Supersport
World Championship, which saw the Go Eleven Racing Team continues to
improve and once again among the leaders. With Joshua Day, during all the weekend,
the team has continued the work begun at the Australian transfer, focusing
primarily on bike set-up. At the start, from the seventeenth grid square, a contact
with another rider forced Josh to pass in the penultimate position on the first lap.
The American rider did not give up, becoming the author of a stunning comeback
that brought him close to twelfth place finishers, place that allows him to gain
more valuable points.

Denis Sacchetti (Team Manager) - "In Supersport we brought forward the development
and the work on our ZX-6R started at Phillip Island. Since Saturday,
the feeling between the rider and the bike was improved so much, but unfortunately,
we were able to exploit the qualifying tire only 70% because of a red flag.
Josh also has faced some problem in the left forearm, which should still be solved
easily. During the race a contact with another rider on lap forced him to move in
the penultimate position. Therefore, the twelfth position centered at the end is a
good result, but leaves us unhappy. Here at Imola we wanted to aim higher for
our partners and supporters".

Joshua Day (rider WSS) - "Coming into the weekend I knew we were still behind on track time with the bike. But the team worked so hard all weekend to make the bike better and easier to ride for me. Each time I go out I get more confidence in the bike. We struggled a little thru the practice and qualifying sessions, but come race time we were able to pull out another point scoring finish. Which is good for me and the team as we are both rookies in the Supersport championship and still have a lot to learn. I was glad we got the chance to stay and test on Monday as we made more headway with the bike, and now we are ready for round 3 at Assen. Where we look to keep on improving and closing the gap to the front riders".

At the second consecutive year in the Superstock 600 riding the Kawasaki ZX-6R of Go Eleven Racing Team, Christian Gamarino paid a not brilliant departure, able to finish in ninth place under the checkered flag. The rookie Matt Davies, however, started from the 23rd grid position and thanks to a good race pace has also won the first championship points, finishing the first race of the championship with a thirteenth place that goes beyond the initial expectations. Grit and determination the qualities that Tony Covena put on track to center the sixteenth place at onset, despite some physical problems and some technical trouble prevented him from give his best.

Denis Sacchetti (Team Manager) - "In Superstock, for Gamarino this is the most difficult track around the Championship. Even last year he struggled a lot and now the problem of chattering on the front has definitely created more difficulties. The ninth-place finish is not up to its ambitions, but he showed to have the potential to fight at the summit, and we believe. Covena had to cope with physical problems and some technical trouble. I'm sorry he could not prove his worth already here in Imola, but his aggressive driving likes us, his bike is improving and his desire to do well soon led him among the leaders. Davies has proved a great surprise, even I expected to find him so fast in the race. A departure for framing, a lightning bolt at the first turn, good race pace for an absolute novice. Over the last few laps he accused of inexperience in driving these bikes so heavy and so much more powerful than the one he was accustomed. The talent, however, there is".

Christian Gamarino (rider Stock600) - "At the start I was stuck by other riders, so, after a few laps I picked up the pace and I recovered positions. Despite the bad start and some problems we thought we had solved in qualifying, I can be happy with this first result of the season on a unfavourable track".

Matt Davies (rider Stock 600) - "My goal for my first time at Imola and with the Go Eleven team was to score a championship point. I ended up scoring 3 which is fantastic. I made a great start. It was a great race with lots of passing other riders. I set up to pass Marvin Fritz on the last corner of the last lap but there were yellow flags so I had to back off. I felt better on the bike again and the team worked great. I'm now looking forward to Assen in 3 weeks time".

Tony Covena (rider Stock600) "Despite the bad luck in my first race for Team Go Eleven I must say that I am happy to join this professional team. For sure that the following races will be much better and we will be able to get the results we are all working towards. The team made me feel very welcome and I am looking forward to the next race in Assen".
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