In the World Supersport Championship, it would be difficult to imagine that there could be last minute drama greater than that which occurred last weekend at Imola – but it has happened in various classes at Magny-Cours in the past.
Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) and Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda) fell on the final chicane at Imola last weekend and restarted to score valuable points.
It is very much advantage Kenan, as he is 16 points ahead. Intriguingly, because Laverty has more wins this year (seven to Sofuoglu’s three) a no-score for Sofuoglu and a third for Laverty would bring about a tie on points, with Laverty winning the title on the number of races won.
But there is any number of combinations of points that would make either rider champion, and the small matter of several other riders keen to put both contenders behind them. at Magny-Cours, which host the final round of the 2010 World Superbike Championship.
Injured rider Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Motocard.com) is a guaranteed third now, Chaz Davies (ParkinGO Triumph BE-1) is an unassailable fourth but he is desperate to get his first win in this class. Michele Pirro (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) won the last round and with so much at stake for all riders, another first-time winner is certainly possible.
Broc Parkes has made a huge impact in his recent return to this class, with the Provec Motocard.com Kawasaki, and he and his team-mate Katsuaki Fujiwara are proven winners from previous seasons.
World Supersport Points (after 12 rounds of 13): 1. Sofuoglu 243; 2. Laverty 227; 3. Lascorz 168; 4. Davies 137; 5.Pirro 91; 6. Salom 90; 7.Harms 87; 8. Rea 83; 8.Pirro 66; 9. Fujiwara 71; 10. Roccoli 71 . Manufacturers: 1. Honda 270; 2. Kawasaki 185; 3. Triumph 146; 4. Yamaha 22.