2012 Misano World Supersport Race - Consolidation And Confusion

If a racer gains places while leaving the track, he has to concede those places quickly or get penalised with a ride-through. Race Direction will hold a yellow board with the rider's number and the number of places they need to give up to avoid the ride through. With a confusing start, including a rider clipping another on the grid, a few riders made off-track excursions on the first few corners.

“99 +2”

Fabien Foret gained two places in the confusion and was notified three laps into the race. Unfortunately, at this point, he was in the middle of a hard scrap. While Sam Lowes got the hole shot as usual, Kenan Sofuoglu was able to snatch second from Jules Cluzel then the lead from Lowes in the first lap. Cluzel followed Sofuoglu through and stayed latched on his back wheel. Foret pushed through to join the front two men and the three of them broke free from the rest in a very tight pack. With a two-second gap, Foret got the message from race control and looked very confused. Two laps later, he finally dropped back to behind Sam Lowes and looked further back to see where the next place was, but didn't concede the place quickly enough and earned himself a ride through.

Sofuoglu and Cluzel pushed to the end and two laps from the end, Sofuoglu set a punishing pace on a dying tyre to leave Cluzel settling for second place at the end. Alex Baldolini held off Roberto Tamburini, both benefitting from Foret's penalty and a mistake from Sam Lowes that sent him off track, and stood on the last step of the podium. Foret finished in eighth place while Lowes was out of the points in 18th, giving Cluzel second place in the title chase and Broc Parkes finished in fifth, conceding fourth place in the championship to Baldolini.

Sofuoglu left the alcohol-related podium japes to the other riders, in deference to Islam, but took his second win of the season and increased his championship lead further.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 54 SOFUOGLU K Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'39.629  
2 16 CLUZEL J Honda CBR600RR 1'39.563 1.228
3 25 BALDOLINI A Triumph Daytona 675 1'40.145 20.597
4 22 TAMBURINI R Honda CBR600RR 1'40.396 21.800
5 23 PARKES B Honda CBR600RR 1'40.399 26.357
6 32 MORAIS S Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'40.301 26.935
7 3 METCHER J Yamaha YZF R6 1'40.498 33.183
8 99 FORET F Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'39.513 34.587
9 31 IANNUZZO V Triumph Daytona 675 1'40.296 36.853
10 8 ANTONELLI A Yamaha YZF R6 1'40.922 38.213
11 35 DE ROSA R Honda CBR600RR 1'40.894 42.428
12 38 NEMETH B Honda CBR600RR 1'41.079 42.446
13 10 TOTH I Honda CBR600RR 1'41.346 48.802
14 13 LOMBARDI D Yamaha YZF R6 1'41.212 49.992
15 14 TALMACSI G Honda CBR600RR 1'41.363 53.515
16 87 MARCONI L Yamaha YZF R6 1'41.524 57.766
17 64 DAY J Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'41.806 58.760
18 11 LOWES S Honda CBR600RR 1'39.686 1'05.650
19 40 JESSOPP M Honda CBR600RR 1'42.309 1'10.291
20 21 ANDREOZZI A Yamaha YZF R6 1'42.350 1'15.799
21 33 POLZER Y Yamaha YZF R6 1'43.624 1 Lap
22 73 POZDNEEV O Yamaha YZF R6 1'45.561 1 Lap
RET 61 MENGHI F Yamaha YZF R6 1'41.523 4 Laps
RET 53 DEBISE V Honda CBR600RR 1'40.859 11 Laps
RET 91 SZKOPEK M Honda CBR600RR 1'43.050 11 Laps
RET 17 ANASTASIA R Honda CBR600RR 1'43.656 13 Laps
RET 12 CRUCIANI S Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'40.683 16 Laps
RET 34 QUARMBY R Honda CBR600RR 1'40.568 16 Laps
RET 24 BLOKHIN E Yamaha YZF R6 1'44.842 17 Laps
RET 20 SCHOLTZ M Honda CBR600RR 1'41.809 18 Laps
RET 98 LANUSSE R Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'42.261 18 Laps
RET 55 ROCCOLI M Yamaha YZF R6 1'40.542 20 Laps
RET 44 TORCOLACCI A Honda CBR600RR 1'43.008 20 Laps


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Ah, so Foret got a ride-through after all. That explains his drop back in the field. I did not see that ride-through on TV. Too bad he did not act quicker on the 'drop two places' sign, because he sure had the pace to get a long way back to the front.

Apart from that, brilliant third place for Alex Baldolini on the wonderful Triumph triple! I'm still so dissapointed that Triumph as a factory did not support the ParkinGo team with Davies and Scassa last year and lost them to Yamaha. The title was a real possibility, it seemed to me. Let's hope this result will move the Triumphs forward again.

That was a masterclass ride by Sofuoglu who is proving to be (unsurprisingly) a very astute pickup by Kawasaki this year.
Jules Cluzel has really only surprised me with his consistency this year, knew he had the pace but the crashing of his Moto2 career, at this point in time, is behind him.
I was pretty stunned to see Sam Lowes crash out of a clear 3rd position, no-one in front or behind him for seconds but it was great to see the excitement from Baldolini and his team getting their first podium.
Parkes had a good recovery after being battered pillar-to-post in the early laps, he couldn't take a trick! Alternatively, I was stoked for Jed Metcher who made the most of others misfortune/mistakes to finish seventh in his and his teams best finish. The kid is a talent.
On Foret's penalty, I didn't have a problem with it except I'm sure it took a lot longer than 3 laps to notify him, more like 7 or 8 I thought because the gap that he had to drop back two spots was monstrous. Taking so long made the penalty too harsh and he was rightly angry.
Overall, the race wasn't a classic but it was a good one.

I'm sure it's in the rule book, and probably been mentioned in pre-race riders' meetings but... that sign 'could be' a little more clear.

"99 +2..." (I guess that means "no. 99, you are 2 places up")

Wouldn't even 99 -2 be better? Drop 2...

Or how about "99 BACK 2P" (surely most riders understand "back", regardless of native tongue)

There's never really an excuse for not knowing the current rules but still... in the heat of competition. It could be a bit clearer IMO.