Yamaha Racing Italia World Supersport rider Jurgen van den Goorbergh took a hard-fought for third place in difficult conditions at Misano yesterday.

The start of the race was delayed by nearly forty minutes after a heavy downpour washed dirt on to the track in several corners, but when the riders lined up, the rain had abated. Jurgen had qualified on the fourth row of the grid, but made a good start and was incredibly sixth at the end of the first lap.

His team mate Fabien Foret started one row further back, but never really got on terms with the conditions and crashed out after ten laps. Jurgen determinedly reeled in the leaders and moved into third spot on lap 21, but was unable to catch Kevin Curtain in the final laps.

Aussie Karl Muggeridge won the race, after his team mate Broc Parkes fell off, whilst in the lead, after 14 laps.

"I am very happy to get a podium, considering how far down the grid I was after qualifying," said Jurgen after the race. "When I saw that today was wet, I knew had a very good chance of a podium and, after my start, I knew I could probably succeed. It would have been easy to rush things in the early stages and make a mistake, but I used my experience and just kept pushing hard. I attacked Fujiwara for third spot and once I passed him, I knew I was on the podium. Curtain was too far away at the front, but I am happy to get the points and of course lead the championship."

For team-mate Fabien Foret it wasn't the kind of race weekend to which he is accustomed at Misano. "I have won both races in the last two years at Misano and I was ready to win again - if it was dry!" he explained. "But, the rain started on Friday and never really went away and that destroyed my ambitions. I knew it was going to be hard for me today, because I only qualified on the fifth row of the grid, but I pushed as hard as I could. Unfortunately, I may have pushed a bit too hard in the last chicane because I crashed! It's a disappointment, but I'll be back on top in the next race at Monza."

 

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