Scassa wins at Magny Cours as Davies claims 2011 World Supersport Championship


After a stellar season that saw Chaz Davies take seven podiums of which an impressive five race wins from the 11 races completed, the Welshman powered his Yamaha YZF-R6 to sixth at Magny Cours, the penultimate round of the season, to claim the 2011 World Supersport Championship title.

Davies encountered a tough race at the French formula one style circuit but with a comfortable 35 point advantage, the Welshman just needed to cross the line in sixth place, ahead of his closest adversary Fabien Foret, to claim the well-deserved title. Team-mate Luca Scassa was determined to celebrate the occasion with a race win of his own. The Italian was on flying form, storming his R6 to the finish line, delivering a spectacular victory, his third of the 2011 season.

Brit Sam Lowes was once again runner up after finishing in the same position last week at Imola. Australian Broc Parkes also finished int eh same place as last week with third.

"It's been an amazing season and it has taken me 15 long years to get me where I am now," Davies said

"There are so many emotions hitting me all at once, I've worked towards this all my life and I still believe I am now in this position. I can't thank my team and Yamaha enough for all their effort. I certainly didn't think at the beginning of the year that I'd be here now, taking the championship title. My family and my girlfriend have been behind me all the way and I owe them so much. Thanks to everyone who helped make this magical moment happen."
Chaz Davies leads eventual race winner Luca Scassa. Photo: Yamaha Racing
Luca Scassa is ending the season the way he started it with an unbeatable amount of speed, the win today was the Otlaians third of the season.

"It's very important for me to finish the race as best I can. I'm really happy with today's results but I'm particularly pleased with what I've learned all year," Scassa said. "I hope to be able to prove this again in Portimao and conclude the season in the best possible way. I just want to go fast again and it feels great to be back winning."

Front row qualifier Sam Lowes was within 1.582 seconds of the race win at Magny Cours, after 22-intemse laps undertaken in perfect conditions. Race winner Scassa passed Lowes with six laps to go, with long time race leader Broc Parkes relegated to third by Lowes on lap 21. Lowes is now within seven points of fourth place with one round remaining, as he continues to look for his breakthrough first race win in WSS.

"We struggled a little bit at the start of the race, but I made a good pace and by lap five or six I started working well, but Broc had a bit of a gap by that time," Lowes said.

"I kept that constant, but I was not making any time on him. Then he obviously started to have some kind of problem and came back to us. Then Scassa passed me at the end and set a good pace that I as not able to match. We got a second place which I have to be happy with, but we really want to win and we will work to try and do that in Portugal."
Sam Lowes played bridesmaid for the second week in a row
Broc Parkes took his Provec Kawasaki to the lead early in the 22-lap WSS race and held that place almost to the end, finishing third and on the podium for the fifth time this year.

"We had a good practice period and a good weekend. In the race I got a clean start and led for pretty much all of it," Parkes said.

"At half race distance we had no rear tyre and it was just spinning up, but the chatter was the worst thing, so I could not continue pushing for the lap times to keep the other guys behind. That's life, but big congratulations to Chaz for being champion today and we made a good podium ourselves as well."

Parkes' team-mate David Salom lost his slim chance to take the championship all the way to the final round and although he had some set-up issues today he got his head down to come within a whisker of catching his team-mate Parkes at the line after 22-tough laps, and he was finally placed fourth.

"It was not so good for me in the beginning of the race and it just wanted to go straight on," Salom said. "My race pace in general was good, good enough to be a potential winner, but it was not possible because in the first three or four laps I could not push the bike. Now I am fourth so in Portimao I must fight to move back up again."

The final round will take place in Spain in two weeks

Main Photo: The podium winners along with new champion Chaz Davies
Credit: Yamaha Racing
Pole winner Broc Parkes rounded out the podium for his third, third of the year.
Magny-Cours - SUPERSPORT - Race
1. Luca Scassa (Yamaha ParkinGO Team) Yamaha YZF R6 37'48.052
2. Sam Lowes (Parkalgar Honda) Honda CBR600RR 37'49.634
3. Broc Parkes (Kawasaki Kawasaki ZX-6R 37'49.801
4. David Salom (Kawasaki Kawasaki ZX-6R 37'49.878
5. James Ellison (Bogdanka PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 37'50.436
6. Chaz Davies (Yamaha ParkinGO Team) Yamaha YZF R6 37'53.264
7. Roberto Tamburini (Bike Service R.T.) Yamaha YZF R6 37'57.807
8. Fabien Foret (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) Honda CBR600RR 37'59.320
9. Florian Marino (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) Honda CBR600RR 38'06.342
10. Ronan Quarmby (Suriano Racing Team) Triumph Daytona 675 38'14.787
11. Balazs Nemeth (Team Hungary Toth) Honda CBR600RR 38'26.766
12. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Lorenzini by Leoni) Kawasaki ZX-6R 38'27.464
13. Miguel Praia (Parkalgar Honda) Honda CBR600RR 38'27.763
14. Alexander Lundh (Cresto Guide Racing Team) Honda CBR600RR 38'27.979
15. Louis Bulle (Dark Dog Academy) Yamaha YZF R6 38'30.589
16. Ondrej Jezek (SMS Racing) Honda CBR600RR 38'34.509
17. Pawel Szkopek (Bogdanka PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 38'35.081
18. Patrik VostÌÊrek (Prorace) Honda CBR600RR 38'36.195
19. Danilo Marrancone (Bike Service R.T.) Yamaha YZF R6 38'39.400
20. Imre Toth (Team Hungary Toth) Honda CBR600RR 38'54.454
21. Marko Jerman (MD Team Jerman) Triumph Daytona 675 38'59.619
22. Gino Rea (Step Racing Team) Honda CBR600RR 39'24.597
23. Catalin Cazacu (PTR Romania Honda) Honda CBR600RR 38'17.717
24. Thomas Caiani (KUJA Racing) Honda CBR600RR 38'24.735
25. Eduard Blokhin (RivaMoto) Yamaha YZF R6 39'11.507
26. Oleg Pozdneev (RivaMoto) Yamaha YZF R6 39'11.749
RT. Pauli Pekkanen (777 RR Motorsport) Triumph Daytona 675 35'37.958
RT. Danilo Dell'Omo (Suriano Racing Team) Triumph Daytona 675 29'43.897
RT. Bastien Chesaux (MACH Racing) Honda CBR600RR 22'49.360
RT. Massimo Roccoli (Lorenzini by Leoni) Kawasaki ZX-6R 5'08.471

Championship standings
1 Chaz Davies 181 pts GBR YAMAHA Yamaha ParkinGO Team
2 Fabien Foret 144 pts FRA HONDA Hannspree Ten Kate Honda
3 David Salom 136 pts SPA KAWASAKI Kawasaki
4 Broc Parkes 136 pts AUS KAWASAKI Kawasaki
5 Sam Lowes 129 pts GBR HONDA Parkalgar Honda
6 Luca Scassa 121 pts ITA YAMAHA Yamaha ParkinGO Team
7 James Ellison 83 pts GBR HONDA Bogdanka PTR Honda
8 Roberto Tamburini 78 pts ITA YAMAHA Bike Service R.T.
9 Florian Marino 78 pts FRA HONDA Hannspree Ten Kate Honda
10 Gino Rea 67 pts GB HONDA Step Racing Team
11 Massimo Roccoli 62 pts ITA KAWASAKI Lorenzini By Leoni
12 Robbin Harms 59 pts DEN HONDA Benjan Racing
13 Miguel Praia 42 pts PRT HONDA Parkalgar Honda
14 Vittorio Iannuzzi 39 pts ITA KAWASAKI Lorenzini By Leoni
15 Balazs Nemeth 35 pts HUN HONDA Team Hungary Toth
16 Alexander Lundh 26 pts SWE HONDA Cresto Guide Racing Team
17 Danilo Dell'Omo 25 pts ITA TRIUMPH Suriano Racing Team
18 Ronan Quarmby 14 pts RSA TRIUMPH Suriano Racing Team
19 Imre Toth 12 pts HUN HONDA Team Hungary Toth
20 Vladimir Ivanov 11 pts RUS HONDA Step Racing Team
21 Ilario Dionisi 11 pts ITA HONDA Honda Italia Improve FG
22 Pawel Szkopek 10 pts POL HONDA Bogdanka PTR Honda
23 Ondrej Jezek 9 pts CZE HONDA SMS Racing
24 Stefano Cruciani 7 pts ITA KAWASAKI Puccetti R. Kawasaki Italia
25 Bastien Chesaux 5 pts SWI HONDA MACH Racing
26 Mirko Giansanti 4 pts ITA KAWASAKI Puccetti R. Kawasaki Italia
27 Marko Jerman 4 pts SLO TRIUMPH MD Team Jerman
28 Patrik VostÌÊrek 3 pts CZE HONDA Prorace
29 Luca Marconi 3 pts ITA YAMAHA Bike Service R.T
. 30 Alessio Velini 3 pts ITA HONDA Velmotor 2000
31 Roman Stamm 2 pts SUI HONDA MACH Racing
32 Louis Bulle 1 pts YAMAHA Dark Dog Academy
33 Yves Polzer 0 pts AUT YAMAHA Team MRC Austria
34 Vladimir Leonov 0 pts RUS YAMAHA Yakhnich Motorsport
35 Valery Yurchenko 0 pts RUS YAMAHA Rivamoto
36 Thomas Caiani 0 pts HONDA Kuja Racing
37 Robert Andrei Muresan 0 pts ROU HONDA PTR Romania Honda
38 Oleg Pozdneev 0 pts RUS YAMAHA Rivamoto
39 Mitchell Pirotta 0 pts AUS HONDA Kuja Racing
40 Michele Conti 0 pts ITA HONDA Kuja Racing
41 Marc Moser 0 pts YAMAHA Triple M Racing
42 Luri Vigilucci 0 pts ITA YAMAHA Vigi Racing Team
43 Luke Stapleford 0 pts GBR KAWASAKI Profile Road and Racing Perfor
44 Konstantin Pisarev 0 pts UKR HONDA Step Racing Team
45 Kervin Bos 0 pts NED YAMAHA VD Heyden Motors Racing Team
46 Janos Chrobak 0 pts HUN HONDA Team Hungary Toth
47 Giovanni Altomonte 0 pts ITA HONDA Kuja Racing
48 Ferenc Kurucz 0 pts HUN YAMAHA Pro Ride Mol Dynamic
49 Eduard Blokhin 0 pts RUS YAMAHA Rivamoto
50 Danilo Marrancone 0 pts YAMAHA Bike Service R.T.
51 Catalin Cazacu 0 pts ROU HONDA PTR Romania Honda

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