Results of the World Supersport race at Imola, 2012.
Fabien Foret (Kawasaki Intermoto Step) and Sam Lowes (Bogdanka PTR Honda) scrapped to the bitter end, giving us a solid last lap fight through back markers that the experienced Foret won both the top step of the podium and the championship lead of a race fraught with unusual attrition.
Championship leader and former champion Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki DeltaFin Lorenzini) ruled himself out of a decent finish by picking up a ride-through at the end of the first lap, messing up the final chicane that's been catching a few people out all weekend. Eventually, he picked up a black flag for refusing to come into take his penalty. He would not be alone in ride throughs or black flags as many people messed up the last chicane, clipping the pit lane entrance.
What started as a five-way scrap between Sofuoglu, Lowes, Sheridan Morais (Kawasaki DeltaFin Lorenzini), Jules Cluzel (PTR Honda) and eventual winner Foret ended as a two-man race. Cluzel crashed out on lap 6 while Morais left it until 4 laps from the end to bin it. Many other riders controversially fell foul of the last chicane with a few of them missing their ride-through penalties and picking up black flags of their very own.
The third step of the podium was won by Ronan Quarmby (PTR Honda), a mere four-thousandths of a second ahead of a determined Roberto Tamburini (Team Lorini).
|1||99||FORET F||Kawasaki ZX-6R||1'52.147|
|2||11||LOWES S||Honda CBR600RR||1'52.079||0.574|
|3||34||QUARMBY R||Honda CBR600RR||1'52.982||17.266|
|4||22||TAMBURINI R||Honda CBR600RR||1'52.374||17.270|
|5||31||IANNUZZO V||Triumph Daytona 675||1'53.136||22.953|
|6||65||LEONOV V||Yamaha YZF R6||1'53.060||25.509|
|7||38||NEMETH B||Honda CBR600RR||1'53.246||30.042|
|8||8||ANTONELLI A||Honda CBR600RR||1'53.247||32.429|
|9||55||ROCCOLI M||Yamaha YZF R6||1'53.886||37.894|
|10||32||MORAIS S||Kawasaki ZX-6R||1'52.144||39.265|
|11||25||BALDOLINI A||Triumph Daytona 675||1'53.499||46.848|
|12||64||DAY J||Kawasaki ZX-6R||1'54.485||56.679|
|13||98||LANUSSE R||Kawasaki ZX-6R||1'54.238||57.925|
|14||87||MARCONI L||Yamaha YZF R6||1'54.180||1'04.381|
|15||3||METCHER J||Yamaha YZF R6||1'54.214||1'11.922|
|16||81||ERBACCI C||Yamaha YZF R6||1'55.420||1'12.356|
|17||40||JESSOPP M||Honda CBR600RR||1'54.605||1'14.321|
|18||52||PESEK L||Honda CBR600RR||1'54.754||1'20.799|
|19||13||LOMBARDI D||Yamaha YZF R6||1'53.914|
|20||33||POLZER Y||Yamaha YZF R6||1'57.548||1 Lap|
|21||23||PARKES B||Honda CBR600RR||1'51.952||1 Lap|
|22||61||MENGHI F||Yamaha YZF R6||1'54.803||1 Lap|
|23||24||BLOKHIN E||Yamaha YZF R6||2'00.037||2 Laps|
|24||10||TOTH I||Honda CBR600RR||1'54.180||9 Laps|
|25||16||CLUZEL J||Honda CBR600RR||1'52.920||13 Laps|
|26||18||LATR D||Honda CBR600RR||17 Laps|
|EX||20||SCHOLTZ M||Honda CBR600RR||1'52.964|
|EX||54||SOFUOGLU K||Kawasaki ZX-6R||1'52.444|