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Foret awarded truncated Brno race win
22 July 2012
Fabien Foret has hauled himself back into the World Supersport Championship title fight after securing a second victory of the season over Kenan Sofuoglu at Brno.
Following their on-track confrontation at Motorland Aragon, an incident that prompted widespread criticism against Sofuoglu, the two Kawasaki riders were involved in another controversial circumstance when Foret was awarded the win on count-back after the race was red flagged with three laps remaining.
However, the decision to count-back two clear laps (the last full lap completed by every rider in the field) would essentially cost Sofuoglu a potential win having been in the lead at the time of the stoppage.
Prior to that Foret was looking on course for a comfortable win after accelerating away in the opening stages to open up a lead of almost three seconds. However, the Frenchman would be reeled in by the chasing Sofuoglu and Broc Parkes, with Sofuoglu diving into the lead on lap 14 with four laps remaining.
However, when Ronan Quarmby suffered a dramatic high-side on lap 15, the race was called to a halt and the positions at the end of lap 13 – just before Sofuoglu overtook Foret – were counted towards the result.
As such, Foret was left to celebrate a second win of the season – and score a welcome home win for his Intermoto Step team - over a somewhat bemused Sofuoglu, while Parkes notched up a podium finish for himself on the Ten Kate Honda.
Behind him, Sam Lowes was cast adrift from the front pack early on but prevailed over PTR stablemate Jules Cluzel to finish in fourth position, ahead of team-mate Ronan Quarmby, who was still classified sixth.
Sheridan Moris kept Kawasaki counterpart Stefan Cruciani at bay to finish in seventh position, while Vittorio Iannuzzo and Vladimir Leonov rounded out the top ten.
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