Eugene Laverty hopes of snatching the 2010 World Supersport title from the grasp of Kenan Sofuoglu came to an unsatisfying conclusion at Magny-Cours as he was forced to concede defeat.
The Irishman, who finishes as runner-up for the second year in succession, went into the event with a slim chance of overhauling Sofuoglu, but with the Turk finishing second behind Laverty in France, he remained 11 points short.
It is a particularly galling outcome for Laverty, who finishes second despite recording eight wins in 13 races – equalling the record-breaking tally set by Sofuoglu on the way to his first title win in 2007.
Nonetheless, Laverty was at least pleased to end his tenure with Parkalgar Honda on a high before he embarks on his new career as a Yamaha World Superbike rider.
“I am obviously disappointed as I still held a hope of winning the World Championship and I did all I could do by winning the race. At the start Kenan got away but then I figured out what I had to do and reeled him in to win.
“We had a tough weekend but it is nice to have my eighth win of the season. Thank you to Parkalgar Honda, it will be very sad for me to leave this team, it has given me the best two seasons of my career.”