WSS Aragon 2013: Foret wins after gremlins cost Lowes

A heart-breaking last lap mechanical failure for Sam Lowes hands World Supersport victory at Motorland Aragon to Mahi Kawasaki's Fabien Foret.
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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.

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prof-x - Unregistered

April 17, 2013 9:46 AM

The Brits have a big marketshare in terms of interest in the series, despite the 'Italian' lockout for teams/tires/bikes. I really hope Kenan is on a good team that will take care of him, it's not like hes got the crowds behind him like the more popular Brits. Hopefully Kenan can stay cool under the politics. It's clear hes got the bike and the ability, getting the most out of the team/sponsors and moving through the politics are the only thing holding him back, that is his real challenge, I am sure. That said, Lowes didnt get any points either, horrible day for both, but fortunately the two leading candidates for the top step are not down so far, and as it would happen, the tv promoters are probably happy those two+Foret havent cleared off... yet. The more people who can fight Lowes the easier it will be for Kenan this year.


April 14, 2013 2:37 PM

What is happening in Aragon? Laverty, Sykes in SBK, then Sofuoglu and Lowes out with technical problem. It was very impressive by the twoo rookies, van der Mark and Russo, never thought they will be so good. Coghlan and Marino also did well, sorry that they couldn't finished the race. And Foret is great, year after year it looks he don't get old.

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