Pitt: I needed a bit of luck!

Andrew Pitt is savouring his second World Supersport title after benefiting from Jonathan Rea's bad luck in the penultimate round of the season at Magny-Cours, France.

The title race looked set to go down to the wire in Portugal as Rea and Pitt diced for the lead around the Nevers circuit, but when the Northern Irishman was swiped off his bike by Robbin Harms, Pitt needed just to finish to make the title his.

Duly doing what he needed to do by prevailing in a tight fight for the win with Barry Veneman and Joshua Brookes, Pitt admits he didn't even know Rea was out of contention for much of the race.

Labelling it as the luck he needed to make up for some of the misfortune he has suffered this year, Pitt was thrilled to secure another title.

“Well, you can't say I didn't win a race with this championship! Jonny missed out today and I'm sure it would've been a tough battle right to the end. I didn't actually know that he was out until I worked it out by looking at the big TV screen! I needed a bit of luck, having been taken out myself a couple of times this season.

“But I have never enjoyed a season as much as this – the team is just a fantastic bunch of guys to work for and the way everyone pulled together yesterday to put my bike back together was just typical of the spirit here. I'd like to thank Ronald and Gerrit (ten Kate) for having the faith in me and giving me such a competitive machine. I'm happy to repay that faith today.”

Pitt was confirmed as remaining with the Ten Kate Honda Supersport team last week.

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Matt - Editor,

October 06, 2008 11:41 AM
Last Edited 610 days ago

Guys, a moment of your time please. We are all aware of what happened earlier in the year and how tragic the whole accident was. But an accident is exactly what it was. For both Craig and Andrew, it was a tragic case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Comments such as the one that has been removed from this thread will not be tolerated and we appreciate such comments being reported. Please keep comments relevant to the article. Everyone was affected by Craig's death, as shown by the many comments posted at the time, and it benefits no-one to use the accident for the purposes of starting an argument or attack a rider involved in such a tragic incident.

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