Kenan Sofuoglu overcame the effects of a big crash in qualifying on Saturday to join the fight for the top three, on a bike that was extensively rebuilt after his fall. On his 2013 Ninja ZX-6R Kenan sat in third place for much of the race before hitting the front and holding off new world Champion Sam Lowes to record his fifth win of the year.
Having started from 18th place on the grid for his home round only one of the best rides of his career looked likely to allow Foret to run near the front and Fabien duly delivered. His team had found a good set-up for the dry conditions, despite having so little dry track time in practice, and Fabien was able to rip through the field to finish fourth. Christian Iddon added to the front-running battle and finished third, despite falling from his bike with two laps to go and bringing out the red flags to stop the race two laps early.
In the championship Lowes has 225 points, Kenan is guaranteed second with 181 and Foret looks set to end the season in third place, as he now enjoys a 17-point advantage over the next best rider.
Sheridan Morais (Go Eleven Kawasaki) took his Ninja ZX-6R to a fine fifth place, having qualified in the same position on the grid. It was a tough race for many other Kawasaki riders, as Kevin Coghlan (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini) crashed out and restarted to finish 14th, while Luca Scassa (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) struggled out of the corners and finished his day 15th, scoring a single point. Late replacement rider Matthieu Lagrive (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) fell while in 13th place.
The last round of the championship will take place at Jerez, on October 20th.
Kenan Sofuoglu: “This weekend was really good because yesterday we had a very fast qualifying time but then I had a big crash, and I was scared that I might have damaged the bike too much. We changed a lot of new parts on the bike and I was able to race and stay with Sam Lowes and Christian Iddon in the early laps. Step-by-step I found more confidence and I was quite happy to fight and then to win the race. I knew we could not really keep the world title today but I knew we could still win the race.”
Fabien Foret: “From our starting position maybe we made a small miracle at my home round but not a big enough miracle! I am always disappointed when I am not on the box after the race but we did a good job for the race set-up and in the race. I had a fun race as I passed so many guys on the way through.”
WSS - France
1 Kenan Sofuoglu Kawasaki ZX-6R
2 Sam Lowes Yamaha YZF R6
3 Christian Iddon MV Agusta F3 675
4 Fabien Foret Kawasaki ZX-6R
5 Sheridan Morais Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R
6 Michael Vd Mark Honda CBR600RR
7 Lorenzo Zanetti Honda CBR600RR
8 Roberto Tamburini Suzuki GSX-R600
9 Vladimir Leonov Yamaha YZF R6
10 Alex Baldolini Honda CBR600RR
14 Kev Coghlan Kawasaki ZX-6R
15 Luca Scassa Kawasaki ZX-6R
DNS Vladimir Ivanov Kawasaki ZX-6R
DNS David Salom Kawasaki ZX-6R
1 Sam Lowes Yamaha YZF R6 225
2 Kenan Sofuoglu Kawasaki ZX-6R 181
3 Fabien Foret Kawasaki ZX-6R 134
4 Michael Vd Mark Honda CBR600RR 117
5 Lorenzo Zanetti Honda CBR600RR 108
6 Jack Kennedy Honda CBR600RR 76
7 Luca Scassa Kawasaki ZX-6R 75
8 Kev Coghlan Kawasaki ZX-6R 62
9 Roberto Rolfo MV Agusta F3 675 62
10 Vladimir Leonov Yamaha YZF R6 56
18 David Salom Kawasaki ZX-6R 27
21 Vladimir Ivanov Kawasaki ZX-6R 18