Grégory Leblanc extends championship lead in French Supersport series

2012-06-18 09:57
Only two weeks after surgery on his broken left leg, Grégory Leblanc performed outstandingly once more, extending his championship lead to a stunning 86 points.
Grégory Leblanc extends championship lead in French Supersport series
By getting an incredible 2-1 in the Supersport class, the Kawasaki SRC rider is now a 86 points gap away from his contenders. Julien Da Costa also performed strongly in his two races (2-1) keeping control over the provisional classification in Superbike.

LeBlanc was expected to save only few points but he did the unexpected in two really amazing races. In the first race he achieved a third place. The second race was even more impressive, with LeBlanc taking the top step of the podium. A fantastic result that makes him really delighted. "It was a really tough weekend for me. The goal was to save as much points as possible, but I never thought I could be able to win. It’s a really good result and I’m leading the class with a big gap now. I guess next event in Magny-Cours will be an easier race for sure."

Julien Da Costa said, "With the hot weather conditions we knew that we would be struggling. And that was what happened. Anyway, the second spot of the podium is not a really bad result at all. For the second race we changed a few things on my Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R and things went a little bit easier for me. This new victory is a really good thing for me and the team. I’m still leading the Superbike championship and it would have been a mistake to not try to fight for the victory in each race. We have to prepare as good as possible for the next weekend now and I’m sure we will be able to win again!"

For Kawasaki SRC team manager Gilles Stafler the results were a real good opportunity to secure the lead of his riders. "We have done a really good job this weekend. We can't win every race of the championship and sometimes you have to consider that second spot is good enough, and surely better than making any mistake. Julien has done two very good races with a lap record in race one. I can’t find my words for Grégory. He was really awesome and has done even more than I had expected. We have to focus on the next race now."

The next round of the French Superbike Championship will be held at Magny-Cours circuit (30 June -1st July).

Source: Kawasaki Racing Team

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