Fabien Foret finished sixth in the ninth round World Supersport championship race at Nurburgring in Germany. The race was won by series leader Chaz Davies, with Honda riders James Ellison and Sam Lowes second and third respectively.
Starting the 19 lap race around the 5.137km Nurburgring from pole position, Foret had a poor start but battled his way up to third place by lap seven. However, tyre issues began to affect the Frenchman’s CBR600RR and he was forced to drop places.
After a wet warm-up this morning, Foret’s Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team-mate and compatriot, Florian Marino, was unable to resolve the handling issues that plagued him yesterday. The 18-year-old finished in ninth place.
Fabien Foret – P6Apart from yesterday and the pole position, it’s been a pretty bad weekend with a wet start, a wet warm-up this morning and then that race, which couldn’t ha ve been much worse, really. I didn’t get a great start and then had some tyre and electronics issues. It was a bad race and I had no grip from the start. We didn’t change anything from yesterday, so I’m just very disappointed.
Florian Marino – P9It’s been a difficult weekend since the wet start on Friday. When it was dry, we couldn’t find a solution to the sliding and corner entry problems that I had. We had something new for this morning in warm-up but then it was wet again so we couldn’t try it. I know the race would be difficult and my start was not so good. I passed some riders and got to eighth place but I didn’t have the same grip as the riders around me. I made some small mistakes on the last couple of laps, so it was a disappointing end to the weekend.
Ronald ten Kate – team managerWe know that in World Supersport rac es pole position does not guarantee a victory and that was proven again today. The result was a lot worse than we expected and both riders struggled in the cooler conditions this afternoon compared to yesterday. At this moment it’s hard to judge exactly what went wrong. We’re still in the top three of the championship but not in the position that we would like so we need to turn things around for the last three races. There’s still a very slim chance for the title and until that door is finally closed we’ll continue to work hard and stay positive.
2011 World Supersport championship, round nine – Nurburgring, Germany (5.137km) - 19 laps:1 Chaz Davies (GBR) Yamaha 38’10.466s2 James Ellison (GBR) Honda +0.091s3 Sam Lowes (GBR) Honda +3.749s4 Luca Scassa (ITA) Yamaha +6.269s5 Massimo Roccoli (ITA) Kawasaki +8.702s6 Fabien Foret (FRA) Hannspree Ten Kate Honda +14.034s9 Florian Marino (FR A) Hannspree Ten Kate Honda +30.886s
Championship points after nine of 12 rounds:1 Davies 171, 2 David Salom (ESP) Kawasaki 112, 3 Foret 111, 4 Broc Parkes (AUS) Kawasaki 104, 12 Marino 58