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Fabien Foret takes the win at Imola

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Fabien Foret takes the win at Imola
Fabien Foret secured the win at round 2 of the World Supersport Championship at Imola overnight despite pressure from behind in the final laps, making it two wins from two races in 2012 for the Ninja ZX-6R.
Fabien Foret takes the win at Imola
Fabien Foret
This was the Frenchman's 14th career win, his third for Kawasaki, the second Kawasaki win of 2012 after the Australian victory of Kenan Sofuoglu meaning Kawasaki is leading the manufacturers' championship by 14 points.

Britain Sam Lowes and his PTR team-mate Ronan Quarmby rounded out the podium.

"This is a good track for me, I love Italy and we have had a great start to the season," Foret enthused. "The team worked very hard for me and gave me an excellent bike. It has not been the easiest weekend and I was sixth in qualifying, but it ended very well for me, the team and all of us," the Intermoto Step Kawasaki rider concluded.

Pole position rider Sam Lowes tried everything he knew on the final few laps of the FIM Supersport World Championship race at Imola to get past Foret, but he could not get into a position to make his final move. In finishing second by only 0.574s Lowes promoted himself to second in the championship, on a day when lots of top names and new talents experienced some vastly differing results.

"That was a tough race. We changed the bike a bit for today and the team gave me a bike that as capable of winning," Lowes said.

"Fabien was great last year at this track and this year he did not put a foot wrong. I nearly matched his times towards the end, but I could not go any faster to catch him, but fair play to all of us, and I am glad to get my first podium of the year. I made a good start from pole and had to control the race from the front. Fabien is a fantastic rider and he's always good at this circuit so well done to him for the win.

"We're getting closer and I feel good and confident. I didn't make any mistakes in the race and the bike and tyres were working well until the end. We're now second in the championship so I'm really looking forward to Assen," the Bogdanka PTR Honda rider concluded.
Fabien Foret takes the win at Imola
Runner up Sam Lowes
Third placed finisher Ronan Quarmby was ninth on lap one, having been 11th on the grid, but rode through with good pace to set-up a final lap struggle with Roberto Tamburini . Quarmby came out on top to record his first podium finish, but he only beat Tamburini by 0.004s after their dramatic exit from the final chicane.

"It is amazing to get third and I did not expect to get onto the podium from my starting position," Quarmby explained. "I pushed hard this weekend and I cannot say thank you enough to my team because the bike was good this weekend. What an amazing race day after getting on the podium."

Roberto Tamburini continued the Honda theme taking 4th while Vittorio Iannuzzo gave Triumph a top 5 finish with fifth.

Regular ftont runners, Kenan Sofuoglu and Brock Parkes finished out of the points. Sofuoglu was disqulified after custting the track, "They final disqualified me because I had made a mistake at the chicane," the former champion explained. "They say if you make this mistake you have to go straight on, stop in that point, then restart. But it was impossible as I was into the corner, so I could not go straight. I think it is not fair because I was in first position."
Fabien Foret takes the win at Imola
Tyre problems robbed Aussie Brok Parkes of any points at Imola
Australian Broc Parkes had high expectations of a podium finish after qualifying fifth, but he was forced in to change a rear tyre after only five laps. He went back out on track to set a new lap record of 1m, 51.952s, but lost so much time in the pits he finished 20th and out of the points.

"As soon as I went out directly the tyre had no grip at the start," Parkes explained. "I tried to regroup and about three laps the tyre started to go and about five laps in the tyre was just completely gone. We came into the pits and put on a new tyre. I made a new lap record and stayed in good lap times the whole way. There is nothing more we can do or say."

Main Photo: Fabien Foret

Round 2 - Imola
1 Fabien Foret 35m44.653s FRA KAWASAKI Kawasaki Intermoto Step
2 Sam Lowes +0.574s GBR HONDA Bogdanka PTR Honda
3 Ronan Quarmby +17.266s RSA HONDA PTR Honda
4 Roberto Tamburini +17.270s ITA HONDA Team Lorini
5 Vittorio Iannuzzo +22.953s ITA TRIUMPH Power Team by Suriano
6 Vladimir Leonov +25.509s RUS YAMAHA Yakhnich Motorsport
7 Balazs Nemeth +30.042s HUN HONDA Racing Team Toth
8 Andrea Antonelli +32.429s ITA HONDA Team Lorini
9 Massimo Roccoli +37.894s ITA YAMAHA Bike Service by WTR Ten 10
10 Sheridan Morais +39.265s RSA KAWASAKI Kawasaki Deltafin Lorenzini
11 Alex Baldolini +46.848s ITA TRIUMPH Power Team by Suriano
12 Joshua Day +56.679s USA KAWASAKI Team GOELEVEN
13 Romain Lanusse +57.925s FRA KAWASAKI Kawasaki Intermoto Step
14 Luca Marconi +1'04.381s ITA YAMAHA VFT Racing
15 Jed Metcher +1'11.922s AUS YAMAHA Rivamoto
17 Martin Jessopp +1'14.321s GBR HONDA PTR Honda
18 Lukas Pesek +1'20.799s CZE HONDA Prorace
19 Yves Polzer +1 Lap AUT YAMAHA Team MRC Austria
20 Broc Parkes +1 Lap AUS HONDA Ten Kate Racing Products Honda
21 Eduard Blokhin +2 Laps RUS YAMAHA Rivamoto
22 Dino Lombardi DNF - 1 Lap ITA YAMAHA Team PATA by Martini
23 Fabio Menghi DNF - 2 Laps ITA YAMAHA VFT Racing
24 Imre Toth DNF - 10 Laps HUN HONDA Racing Team Toth
25 Jules Cluzel DNF - 14 Laps FRA HONDA PTR Honda
27 Mathew Scholtz DNF - DSQ RSA HONDA Bogdanka PTR Honda
28 Kenan Sofuoglu DNF - DSQ TUR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Deltafin Lorenzini

Championship standings after 2 rounds
1 Fabien Foret 45 pts FRA KAWASAKI Kawasaki Intermoto Step
2 Sam Lowes 31 pts GBR HONDA Bogdanka PTR Honda
3 Ronan Quarmby 25 pts RSA HONDA PTR Honda
4 Kenan Sofuoglu 25 pts TUR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Deltafin Lorenzini
5 Vittorio Iannuzzo 18 pts ITA TRIUMPH Power Team by Suriano
6 Sheridan Morais 16 pts RSA KAWASAKI Kawasaki Deltafin Lorenzini
7 Broc Parkes 16 pts AUS HONDA Ten Kate Racing Products Honda
8 Roberto Tamburini 13 pts ITA HONDA Team Lorini
9 Jules Cluzel 13 pts FRA HONDA PTR Honda
10 Alex Baldolini 13 pts ITA TRIUMPH Power Team by Suriano
11 Vladimir Leonov 10 pts RUS YAMAHA Yakhnich Motorsport
12 Balazs Nemeth 9 pts HUN HONDA Racing Team Toth
13 Joshua Day 8 pts USA KAWASAKI Team GOELEVEN
14 Andrea Antonelli 8 pts ITA HONDA Team Lorini
15 Massimo Roccoli 7 pts ITA YAMAHA Bike Service by WTR Ten 10
16 Lukas Pesek 6 pts CZE HONDA Prorace
17 Jed Metcher 6 pts AUS YAMAHA Rivamoto
18 Luca Marconi 5 pts ITA YAMAHA VFT Racing
19 Romain Lanusse 3 pts FRA KAWASAKI Kawasaki Intermoto Step
20 Mathew Scholtz 2 pts RSA HONDA Bogdanka PTR Honda
21 Fabio Menghi 1 pts ITA YAMAHA VFT Racing
22 Yves Polzer 0 pts AUT YAMAHA Team MRC Austria
23 Thomas Caiani 0 pts SUI HONDA Kuja Racing
24 Martin Jessopp 0 pts GBR HONDA PTR Honda
25 Imre Toth 0 pts HUN HONDA Racing Team Toth
26 Eduard Blokhin 0 pts RUS YAMAHA Rivamoto
27 Dino Lombardi 0 pts ITA YAMAHA Team PATA by Martini

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