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Bittersweet Victory for Yamaha World Supersport Team in Brno

By: | Published 26 July 2009, 23:38 | Views: 1,208 | tags: sbk, wss, ssp, supersport, results, yamaha, world supersport, cal crutchlow, fabien foret, wilco zeelenberg, brno, czech republic
It was a day of triumph and loss for Yamaha riders Fabien Foret and Cal Crutchlow in Brno today. Crutchlow led the entire race from the start, displaying his usual incredible pace when a mechanical problem forced him to retire three laps from the end.

Fabien Foret put on a determined performance in the Supersport race, fighting off the two Kawasaki riders of Lascorz and Fujiwara for the entire race to hold onto third and then second place. Three laps from the end, when disaster struck for team mate Cal Crutchlow, this put Foret into the lead, which he held until the last lap only to drop to fourth three corners from the end. The French rider pulled an incredible pass to take the lead back on the last corner to take the chequered flag. It was a perfect return to Brno for Foret following his crash here twelve months ago.

Crutchlow leaves Brno still ahead in the championship, leading Laverty by seventeen points. Team mate Foret moves up to sixth in the standings with 88 points, ahead of 2008 champion Pitt on 85.

Fabien Foret, Yamaha World Supersport Team (1st);
“Today was very special as last year here I had a big injury and I also haven’t started this season very well. I found it quite difficult to come back so I’m really happy to be back on form. I’d like to thank my team and Yamaha as today the bike was amazing. It was a very hard race and I’m sorry for Cal, I know how it feels when that happens. I’m really happy to be back on the podium and the win is very special for me.”

Cal Crutchlow, Yamaha World Supersport Team (DNF):
“I’m really disappointed, I should have been 25 points more in the bag today and taken more points away from Eugene. I’ve got a long six weeks now but will relax and come back ready for Nurburgring.”

Wilco Zeelenberg, Yamaha World Supersport Team Manager:
“it’s been a difficult race day. It was great that Fabien managed to win the race for Yamaha and the team. It’s a difficult one to swallow for Cal, to give it away with a five or six second lead like that, especially when you’re leading the championship. You can be as fast as you want in practice but it’s all down to the race. So the championship is wide open again as we go to Germany for the next round.”
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