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Fabien Foret has won the second round of the 2013 World Supersport Championship after mechanical problems eliminated long-time leader Sam Lowes on the very final lap of the race.
An engrossing race that would see the pendulum of momentum swing between a number of riders right up until the final corners, Foret's victory would come at the expense of both Lowes and Kenan Sofuoglu, the pre-race favourites both failing to reach the chequered flag.
Indeed, Foret seemed a very unlikely candidate for victory when he, along with Mahi Kawasaki team-mate, Sofuoglu ran wide at the first turn, the Frenchman losing out in particular as he was shuffled down to 11th position.
With Sofuoglu also out of position in fifth, Sam Lowes assumed the lead, only to find himself amidst a gaggle of rivals coming down the back straight for the first time with Michael van der Mark scything in front to lead at the end of the opening lap.
However, the first act of an intriguing race would play out on lap two when Sofuoglu peeled off the circuit with an apparent mechanical problem. Cruising back to the pit lane, the round one race winner would find himself failing to make the end of a race for only the second time in 30 consecutive races.
With Sofuoglu out of the picture, Lowes would bide his time behind van der Mark before putting himself ahead at the start of lap three, in turn dragging feisty rookie Riccardo Russo along with him.
Proceeding to gap the squabbling opposition, Lowes seemed to be cruising away only to make an error at the start of lap seven and run on at the first turn. Dropping to fourth position, Lowes's mistake would promote a stunned Kev Coghlan into the lead, the Briton having worked his way to second just as his countryman made his error.
However, the Scot's joy would prove to be agonisingly shortlived as he low-sided off his DMC Kawasaki just a lap later at the tricky second turn.