2012 Magny Cours World Supersport Race: Of Gentlemen And Cads

As the title was settled last time out, the fight for third place and the manufacturers title were still to be decided.

From pole position, Broc Parkes led for the first sector, but Kenan Sofuoglu and Fabien Foret made quick work of him. Sofuoglu tried to make a break, but Jules Cluzel worked his way through and passed the champion, bringing Dan Linfoot with him. Linfoot lunged under Sofuoglu and held a respectable 2nd place. Sam Lowes, determined to take third place in the title, needed to beat Fabien Foret by eight points, and he set about getting to the front passing first Sofuoglu, then as the track dried out, catching and passing Linfoot.

If Sam Lowes could maintain a second place or better, while Fabien Foret was in fifth, third place was his for the taking.

Lowes and Linfoot stayed together, three seconds behind Frenchman Cluzel, as the conditions got dry enough for Kenan Sofuoglu to mount a resurgent charge.

Closing an eight second gap on Linfoot, Sofuoglu set the fastest lap four times in succession until he was on the rear wheels of Lowes and Linfoot as they approached back markers with three laps remaining.

Places were swapped as the three men fought for second place, and it looked like any one of them could take it. Then, on the last lap, Kenan Sofuoglu lunged into a gap that didn't exist and brutally prised Linfoot off the track on full lean at the apex. Linfoot went down and Sofuoglu went to catch Lowes.

For Sam Lowes, with Linfoot out, Foret promoted to fourth place, and Sofuoglu all over his rear tyre, things looked bad, but Sofuoglu missed a corner and Linfoot picked up his bike and was able to limp it across the finish line, in spite of missing parts.

Jules Cluzel won in France, lifting the already happy French crowd, while Sam Lowes held off Kenan Sofuoglu for second.

Kenan Sofuoglu crossed the line in third place as Dan Linfoot limped across in fourth ahead of Foret. Yet, the shadow of Sofuoglu's unruly pass extended to race control and the Turk was instantly penalised 25 seconds, a fourth place finish, returning Linfoot to the podium.

Honda won the manufacturer's title as Sam Lowes took third place in the title behind Sofuoglu and Cluzel, and once again, the discussion of Kenan Sofuoglu's ungentlemanly behaviour will fill the off-season, a fitting closure to the season.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 16 CLUZEL J Honda CBR600RR 1'53.072  
2 11 LOWES S Honda CBR600RR 1'53.040 1.591
3 4 LINFOOT D Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'52.982 27.615
4 54 SOFUOGLU K Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'51.861 27.854
5 99 FORET F Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'55.120 31.601
6 25 BALDOLINI A Triumph Daytona 675 1'55.956 46.745
7 20 SCHOLTZ M Honda CBR600RR 1'54.557 50.820
8 8 ANTONELLI A Yamaha YZF R6 1'53.971 50.934
9 14 TALMACSI G Honda CBR600RR 1'54.951 53.090
10 3 METCHER J Yamaha YZF R6 1'54.951 55.664
11 93 MARINO F Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'54.386 57.222
12 38 NEMETH B Honda CBR600RR 1'54.530 58.375
13 10 TOTH I Honda CBR600RR 1'54.587 1'00.363
14 32 MORAIS S Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'55.651 1'16.824
15 55 ROCCOLI M Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.155 1'17.175
16 81 ERBACCI C Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.252 1'17.492
17 65 LEONOV V Yamaha YZF R6 1'57.006 1'26.293
18 40 JESSOPP M Honda CBR600RR 1'55.633 1'36.675
19 31 IANNUZZO V Triumph Daytona 675 1'57.297 1'38.983
20 76 STAMM R Suzuki GSX-R600 1'57.563 1'40.174
21 61 MENGHI F Yamaha YZF R6 1'57.984 1'47.916
22 117 PRAIA M Honda CBR600RR 1'56.904 1'48.178
23 94 MAURIN A Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'58.873 1 Lap
24 36 CARR M Honda CBR600RR 1'58.220 1 Lap
25 22 TAMBURINI R Honda CBR600RR 1'58.628 1 Lap
26 34 QUARMBY R Honda CBR600RR 1'58.026 1 Lap
27 23 PARKES B Honda CBR600RR 1'54.635 1 Lap
28 98 LANUSSE R Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'59.581 2 Laps
29 33 POLZER Y Yamaha YZF R6 2'03.333 2 Laps
RET 125 MARRANCONE D Honda CBR600RR 1'58.348 3 Laps
RET 53 DEBISE V Honda CBR600RR 2'07.615 18 Laps
RET 24 BLOKHIN E Yamaha YZF R6 2'06.637 18 Laps


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