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675s in the Qatar Desert

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With triumphs lining up on the first world supersport grid of the year in 7th 8th 11th and 29th with excellent showings from both the SC and Italia BE1 outfits.
Garry McCoy was leading the way for the triumphs parking his bike 7th on the grid just 0.8 seconds behind the pole man Fabien Foret.

As they lined up in the bright light of Losail in the Qutar desert, 36 bikes glistened awaiting the green light.

After a fraught start seeing a breakdown and a crash after just two corners, McCoy settled into 10th position halfway though the lap. Craig Jones and Foret are fighting for the lead swapping position time and again.

McCoy crossed the line in 9th for the first time, with Aitchison pushing close behind in 10th.

Second lap Johnathan Rea highsides in spectacular fashion taking out his team mate Andrew Pit demolishing both Hanspree Hondas. In the chaos Gary McCoy jumped to 5th place.

After four laps there was a strong showing from the 675’s with McCoy sitting in 6th place just 3.8seconds behind runaway leader Foret. Aitchison was fighting hard in 8th place just two more seconds behind McCoy.

McCoy not happy to settle in on his Daytona 675 was fighting constantly with Brookes on his Honda CBR600RR. On lap 5 McCoy got the better of Brookes to gain 5th place, but lap 6 saw an uncharacteristic error dropping him to 7th with Aitchison following closely. Pushing hard Aichinson couldn’t hold it sliding off into the desert gravel. Leaving McCoy in 7th and Clementi in a promising 12th. Dionisi was also putting in a strong performance with 22nd place at the halfway stage.

Lap seven and McCoy retires to the pits with technical issue. Leaving Clementi as the top triumph in 11th position. Clementi had managed to pull out a three second gap from 12th but had also dropped two seconds from the British legend Chris Walker in 10th.

As the race progressed Clementi began to loose ground to Vixxiello and Leblanc dropping to 13th heading into the last lap.
During the last lap Foret was leading by some margin when he sat up mid corner and slowed dramatically. It appeared that the Yamaha R6 had run out of fuel just half a lap from the chequered flag. A three was dash for the line ensued with Parkes pulling out from the slipstream taking the flag from Lascorz just meters from the line. Brittan’s Craig Jones was close third less than a second off first place.

The triumphs of Clementi and Didnisi came home a fantastic 12th and 21st respectively. The 4 points for Clementi placed triumph in 5th place in the manufactures championships.
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