2012 Imola World Supersport Race Result

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).

Pos No. Rider Bike Fastest Lap Diff
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  


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Sofuoglu should not have received a ride through and not a black flag. Basically the rules from what I understand is that if they run wide into the gravel in the final chicane you must go through the pits otherwise you get a ride through. This is the most idiotic rule especially if a rider can get back safely into the flow of race. Sofuoglu didn't gain any spots, in fact he fell from 1st to 5th. I want to see racing not stupid rules and politics.

Same thing happened in STK1000, the guy was leading the race, missed the chicane, lost 4 spots, was given a ride through but never saw it.
If the race had not been red flagged he would have been black flagged just like Sofuoglu was. Either the riders were all stupid or race direction at Imola is incompetent.

It seemed like there was a new sheriff in town trying to restore law and order to them there nasty varmints there was so many ride throughs. Rules are rules but for goodness sake when you gain no advantage (and in particular KS acknowledged his error by courteously dropping back 4 places before rejoining hard on the gas) surely there can be some flexibility in penalties. Doesn't intent come into it at all?

Seemed like an iron fist rather than the velvet glove! Having said that though, getting a black flag isn't smart when a few points at the end of the season might make a difference. I can understand his confusion with the decision to penalise with a ride through but he can't let emotion get in the way of a championship by ignoring the ruling.

True but if he had taken a ride- through it could be argued that because of the placement and length of the pit lane at Imola that he would have fallen out of the points or at the least been able to get few if any. What I don't get is that you can run wide in that corner off the track and get back on track with no ride through but once you touch the gravel then it all changes.

With riders like Melandri and Guintoli finishing in the points after riding through the pits, it is clear that it was not a race-ending penalty. If he had seen the notices, he would have taken the penalty, in my opinion.