2012 Aragon World Supersport Race - Confusion At The Flag
The World Supersport race was red flagged after two riders collided at the start. This would not be the only point Race Direction were required to intercede in the racing today.
Six riders fought at the front for the first few laps until Championship contender Jules Cluzel crashed out of second place, losing the front, trying to catch Kenan Sofuoglu. This gave us a five-rider pack at the front, consisting of Sofuoglu, Fabien Foret, Sam Lowes, Broc Parkes and Sheridan Morais. This pack would remain fairly close throughout the whole race, with Sam Lowes having to fight through from the back to eventually take the lead.
It was at this point that Foret and Sofuoglu were fighting for second place, six laps from the end, in more ways than one. Down the fast back straight, Kenan Sofuoglu slipped past Fabien Foret, turned to look at him and, in what appeared to be a deliberate move, violently slammed into his bike. Notification that Sofuoglu was under investigation followed swiftly.
As Sofuoglu and Lowes battled for first place, ahead of Foret and Morais, Sofuoglu was demoted three places and a board was held out to make him aware of this. Sofuoglu took first place on the track and for a while, it looked like Lowes was trying to pass him, but he decided to let Sofuoglu take the flag, if not the victory.
The final result was a victory for Sam Lowes, second for Foret and third for Morais. Sofuoglu was demoted to 5th place, behind Broc Parkes.
Foret, in the podium press conference, said Sofuoglu may have caught the wind, in what must be the most diplomatic statement of the weekend. Sam Lowes was a little less diplomatic, stating that it was a “stupid” move for a two-time world champion. This is undoubtedly not the last we've heard of this incident.
|1||11||LOWES S||Honda CBR600RR||2'03.318|
|2||99||FORET F||Kawasaki ZX-6R||2'03.370||1.446|
|3||32||MORAIS S||Kawasaki ZX-6R||2'03.300||4.322|
|4||23||PARKES B||Honda CBR600RR||2'03.536||5.924|
|5||54||SOFUOGLU K||Kawasaki ZX-6R||2'03.525||6.377|
|6||34||QUARMBY R||Honda CBR600RR||2'04.259||16.333|
|7||31||IANNUZZO V||Triumph Daytona 675||2'04.053||19.948|
|8||3||METCHER J||Yamaha YZF R6||2'04.475||22.663|
|9||14||TALMACSI G||Honda CBR600RR||2'04.491||22.889|
|10||64||DAY J||Kawasaki ZX-6R||2'04.779||26.923|
|11||98||LANUSSE R||Kawasaki ZX-6R||2'04.969||35.991|
|12||87||MARCONI L||Yamaha YZF R6||2'05.291||42.337|
|13||35||DE ROSA R||Honda CBR600RR||2'04.685||42.597|
|14||61||MENGHI F||Yamaha YZF R6||2'05.557||1'10.910|
|15||22||TAMBURINI R||Honda CBR600RR||2'04.791||1'16.813|
|16||17||ANASTASIA R||Honda CBR600RR||2'09.244||1'53.578|
|17||13||LOMBARDI D||Yamaha YZF R6||2'05.347||2'27.755|
|18||73||POZDNEEV O||Yamaha YZF R6||2'12.070||1 Lap|
|19||24||BLOKHIN E||Yamaha YZF R6||2'09.227||1 Lap|
|RET||25||BALDOLINI A||Triumph Daytona 675||2'03.903||8 Laps|
|RET||10||TOTH I||Honda CBR600RR||2'05.453||9 Laps|
|RET||8||ANTONELLI A||Yamaha YZF R6||2'04.860||11 Laps|
|RET||65||LEONOV V||Yamaha YZF R6||2'04.992||11 Laps|
|RET||38||NEMETH B||Honda CBR600RR||2'04.552||12 Laps|
|RET||19||SZKOPEK P||Honda CBR600RR||2'06.949||15 Laps|
|RET||16||CLUZEL J||Honda CBR600RR||2'04.106||16 Laps|
|RET||33||POLZER Y||Yamaha YZF R6|
|RET||53||DEBISE V||Honda CBR600RR|
|RET||20||SCHOLTZ M||Honda CBR600RR|